JUSTIN LEONARD/DELOITTE &
TOUCHE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
June 2-5, 2003
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
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 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
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
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