UNDERWOOD, KNOLL GO WIRE-TO-WIRE
Osborne, Holland storm from behind
DALLAS- On a day where the weather
at the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship
was unpredictable at best, Mallorie Underwood of Montgomery,
Texas, and Ashley Knoll of The Woodlands, Texas, followed
suit. The duo slipped on the back nine but were able to hold
on for a two-shot victory over Paula Creamer of Pleasanton,
Calif., and Taylor Leon of Dallas.
In the Boys Division, Will Osborne of Witchita Falls, Texas, and Charlie Holland of Dallas were steady throughout the windy, and at times rainy, final round. A final round 1-under-par 70 allowed the team to leapfrog the three teams that began the day ahead of them. They went on to secure a two-shot victory over Michael Randle and Jeff Gerlich, both of Austin, Texas.
The 54-hole team competition, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was conducted at the Northwood Club in Dallas, home of the 1952 U.S. Open. The field consisted of 72 players representing 15 states, including 44 players from the state of Texas and 13 Polo Golf Junior All-Americans. The tournament contained two divisions consisting of boys and girls ages 13 to 18.
Thursday's final round was played as a foursome, or alternate-shot format.
Weather played a factor throughout the final round, causing a one-hour delay prior to the start of play. Throughout the day, winds periodically gusted at high speeds, bringing a number of heavy showers along with it. Underwood and Knoll, who led the entire tournament, were not phased. The duo started strong, firing a 34 on the front nine before carding a 41 on the back side.
"Actually I think we play better in worse weather," Underwood said.
Underwood and Knoll, who will both be enrolling at Oklahoma State University in the fall, were very pleased to get a taste of a team victory.
"We get along well and I think we proved it out there today," Knoll, who will room with Underwood at OSU, said after the round.
Creamer and Leon, who kept the leaders in check throughout the week, fired a final-round 74 and finished two shots behind. Whitney Myers of East Berlin, Pa., and Whitney Sylvan of Columbia, S.C., finished in third place, nine shots behind the winners.
In the Boys Division, Osborne and Holland took advantage of a final round low score of 1-under-par 70 to vault them past the teams of Randle and Gerlich, as well as Jeffrey Edelman of Southlake, Texas, and Scott Barton of Dallas, who shared the lead after the second round of play. The pair carded five birdies in its come-from-behind victory.
"We birdied five and six which got us going pretty good," said Holland after the round. "We just thought we played good on the back nine all week and thought we could do it again."
Osborne and Holland did just that. When a charge had to be made, the team carded a 34 on the back nine, vaulting them to the two-shot victory.
Randle and Gerlich finished alone in second place after shooting a 3-over-par 74 in the final round. Tyler and Trent Leon of Dallas made a charge as well, carding an even-par 71 to finish in a tie for third. Ryan Henry of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Zac Reynolds of Edmond, Okla., accomplished the same final-round feat in rounding out the third place tie.
Former AJGA National Chairman Justin Leonard, who will be competing at the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields in Chicago next week, presided over the awards ceremony following the round.
For more information on the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship, call the AJGA National Headquarters at (877) 373-2542.
DALLAS -- Final-round results from the Justin Leonard/Deloitte & Touche Junior Team Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Northwood Club. Par Boys: 36-35-71, Girls: 36-35-71. Yardage: Boys 6793. Girls: 5887.
Charlie Holland, Dallas, Texas (2005)
Will Osborne, Wichita Falls, Texas (2004)-69-65-70-204
Michael Randle, Austin, Texas (2004)
Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas (2005)-69-63-74-206
Trent Leon, Dallas, Texas (2005)
Tyler Leon, Dallas, Texas (2003)-66-70-71-207
Ryan Henry, Broken Arrow, Okla. (2003)
Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. (2003)-70-66-71-207
Tarik Can, New York, N.Y. (2004)
Chad Wilcox, Peoria, Ariz. (2003)-68-67-73-208
Scott Barton, Dallas, Texas (2006)
Jeffery Edelman, Southlake, Texas (2006)-68-64-77-209
Colt Knost, Pilot Point, Texas (2003)
Harris Graham, Argyle, Texas (2004)-69-67-74-210
Scooter Jefferson, Spring, Texas (2003)
Bronson Burgoon, The Woodlands, Texas (2005)-70-68-72-210
Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga. (2003)
Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (2005)-69-64-78-211
Matthew Van Zandt, Missouri City, Texas (2004)
Lance Lopez, Missouri City, Texas (2006)-71-69-72-212
Martin Piller, Duncanville, Texas (2004)
Mark Conlon, Arlington, Texas (2003)-66-70-76-212
Sam Owen, Dallas, Texas (2004)
Garrett Merrell, Dallas, Texas (2004)-69-69-75-213
Jeremy Frye, Palestine, Texas (2003)
Jeffrey Frye, Palestine, Texas (2004)-69-65-79-213
Trey Todd, Abilene, Texas (2003)
Jeremy Alcorn, Brownwood, Texas (2003)-72-69-76-215
James Minahan, Spring, Texas (2004)
Russell Chabaud, Spring, Texas (2004)-69-68-78-215
Dos Goldsmith, McAllen, Texas (2003)
Blake Parks, Odessa, Texas (2003)-73-65-78-216
Mitchell A. Cohlmia, Tulsa, Okla. (2003)
Brett Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla. (2003)-69-69-78-216
Ryan Hillstrom, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (2003)
Cam Rogers, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (2004)-71-72-76-219
David Dragoo, Scottsdale, Ariz. (2004)
Ben Marsh, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (2003)-73-70-77-220
Tyler Peglow, Marshalltown, Iowa (2004)
Kyle Ritchie, Bedford, Iowa (2003)-70-72-78-220
Jack Freeman, Garland, Texas (2006)
Brian Ault, Mesquite, Texas (2004)-71-68-81-220
Paul Haley, Dallas, Texas (2006)
Mike Lester, Dallas, Texas (2005)-70-69-83-222
Jake Creel, Dothan, Ala. (2004)
Brian Ricketts, Highland Village, Texas (2003)-74-67-82-223
Bo Stover, East Lansing, Mich. (2004)
James Kurek, Lothian, Md. (2004)-72-76-85-233
Mallorie Underwood, Montgomery, Texas (2003)
Ashley Knoll, The Woodlands, Texas (2003)-64-65-75-204
Taylor Leon, Dallas, Texas (2005)
Paula Creamer, Pleasanton, Calif. (2005)-69-63-74-206
Whitney Sylvan, Columbia, S.C. (2004)
Whitney Myers, East Berlin, Pa. (2004)-69-70-74-213
Leslie Wall, Dallas, Texas (2003)
Kelley Louth, Victoria, Texas (2004)-71-70-74-215
Lauren Todd, Phoenix, Ariz. (2003)
Brooke Todare, Paradise Valley, Ariz. (2004)-68-69-79-216
Kate Ackerson, Allen, Texas (2005)
Lacey Jones, Idabel, Okla. (2004)-70-66-81-217
Michaela Cavener, Ponca City, Okla. (2004)
Ali Griffin, Edmond, Okla. (2003)-72-67-80-219
Jacquelyn Nemcik, College Station, Texas (2003)
Christa Spedding, Granbury, Texas (2003)-73-71-77-221
Lauren Espinosa, Irving, Texas (2005)
Caney Hines, San Antonio, Texas (2005)-73-70-81-224
Lila Barton, Dallas, Texas (2008)
Sydney Burlison, Salinas, Calif. (2008)-70-68-87-225
Emily Hoeper, Kansas City, Mo. (2003)
Alyssa Otero, Sante Fe, N.M. (2003)-74-74-80-228
Stephanie Hickerson, Dallas, Texas (2003)
Lindsay Adams, Dallas, Texas (2004)-81-78-87-246