CHRYSLER AJGA BOYS INVITATIONAL
The Cardinal Golf & Country Club
Greensboro, North Carolina
June 9-13, 2003
MOORE, OSBORNE, SIMPSON LEAD AFTER FIRST ROUND IN GREENSBORO
Wilcox one shot back in fourth place after opening round
at The Cardinal
GREENSBORO, N.C.-After shooting 3-under-par 67s Tuesday,
Jace Moore of Southlake, Texas, Will Osborne of Wichita Falls,
Texas, and Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C., lead after the first
round of the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 72-hole
championship event features 99 players representing 21 states,
Chile and Japan. The field also includes 14 of the nation's
top-20 ranked players. Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer serves
as honorary chairman for the event.
Moore's 4-under-par performance on the front nine set the
tone for the rest of his day. He birdied four of the first
seven holes, including both par-3s.
"I started off the competition by sinking a 12-foot putt.
I made birdies on the second, third, fifth and seventh holes,"
Moore said. "It really boosted my confidence."
Osborne achieved his initial goal of placing in the top five
after the first round. His success began after sinking a 50-foot
putt on the ninth hole. Osborne labeled his putting as the
key ingredient to his success on Tuesday.
"I putted really well today," the 17-year-old said.
"Hopefully I'll continue to do well through the final
After finishing second in the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational
last year, Simpson continued his impressive play at the Pete
Dye design in Tuesday's first round, shooting 3-under-par
67. He made 15 pars and 3 birdies on the day.
"I tried to think positive and take one shot at a time,"
Simpson said. "I didn't try anything special. You can't
overpower this course."
Chad Wilcox of Peoria, Ariz., carded 2-under-par 68 to take
fourth place. He posted a 34 on both the front and back nines.
Tied for fifth place shooting 1-under-par 69s were Mark Harrell
of Hazlehurst, Ga., Erik Flores of Grass Valley, Calif., Samuel
Saunders of Windermere, Fla., Josh Esler of Wauconda, Ill.,
Chris Kirk of Woodstock, Ga., and Brian Harman of Savannah,
Second-round tee times will begin Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. off
the No. 1 tee at The Cardinal.
For more information on the Chrysler AJGA Boys Invitational,
contact tournament headquarters at (336) 668-2746, ext. 215.