AJGA hp BOYS JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The Westin Innisbrook Golf Resort - Copperhead and Island
Palm Harbor, Florida
July 27-August 1, 2003
LEON CLAIMS THE LEAD AT INNISBROOK WITH EVEN-PAR 214
Cohan one stroke back of lead at 1-over-par 215
PALM HARBOR, Fla. -
Trent Leon of Dallas fired an even-par 71 Thursday on the
Copperhead Course to gain a one-stroke lead at even-par 214
after the third round of the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship.
The 72-hole stroke play event, conducted by the American Junior
Golf Association, features 143 boys from 29 states and two
foreign countries. The event is being held at the Westin Innisbrook
Golf Resort, Copperhead and Island Courses. Past champions
of the event include David Duval, Jim Furyk and Tiger Woods.
After admittedly struggling with his driver during the second
round, Leon, 17, visited his golf instructor in Sarasota,
Fla., to analyze his swing. With confidence under his belt,
Leon returned to Innisbrook Thursday for the third round of
play and moved into first place with 18 holes remaining.
"This course throws pressure on you," Leon said.
"I was hitting it everywhere on the front nine, but on
the back I found the tempo I needed. It's always fun and easy
to play well with good players around you. I know I just need
to put it in the fairways and onto the greens and I can make
it easier on myself."
Looking back on the last three days, Leon said that he knows
he will have to continue to play aggressive because of the
"This is going to be a close tournament," Leon said.
"The course is so difficult that there won't be anyone
shooting really low or having an insurmountable lead. Anything
can happen out here."
The 17-year-old Adam Cohan of Wayne, Pa., finished his day
at even-par 71 and sits one stroke back of the lead at 1-over-par
215. Cohan's three birdies were made possible in large part
by a solid day with his irons.
"I hit a lot of great shots today," Cohan said.
"I didn't get off to a good start today, but I came around
on the back nine. I was hitting all of my irons well and I
knew that if I could just get a good tee shot I would be in
good shape. I hope to finish here well tomorrow, I would like
to get a few points towards events like next year's Canon
Standing in a three-way tie for third place at 2-over-par
216 are Lance Lopez of Fresno, Texas, George Gandranata of
Bradenton, Fla., and Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C.
Final-round tee-times will begin at 7:00 a.m. Friday on the
Copperhead Course and conclude at 8:48 a.m. For more information
on the AJGA hp Boys Junior Championship, contact tournament
headquarters at (727) 942-2000, ext. 2889.