FOOTJOY BOYS INVITATIONAL
Forest Oaks Country Club
Greensboro, North Carolina
June 14-18, 2004
RIESEN AND MCLEAN STORM TO LEAD HEADING INTO FINAL ROUND
Defending champion Harman two shots off the pace at Forest Oaks Country Club
GREENSBORO, N.C. â€“ Robert Riesen of Pinehurst, N.C., the No. 1-ranked player in North Carolina, showed his hometown crowd exactly why he deserves that honor by shooting a 3-under-par 69 to move into a tie for the lead heading into the final round of the FootJoy Boys Invitational. Tied with Riesen is Florida native Jon McLean of Weston, who shot a 1-under-par 71 for a three-day total of 210.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the FootJoy Boys Invitational features 101 players â€“ ages 12-18 â€“ from 24 states, Chile, Japan, China and South Africa. The tournament field includes 41 Rolex Junior All-Americans, and 14 competitors from the host state of North Carolina. The 72-hole stroke play event is being held at the par-72 Forest Oaks Country Club, home of the PGA TOURâ€™s Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.
With a gallery full of North Carolina natives looking on, Riesen hit 13 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens en route to four birdies and one bogey on the day.
â€śIf youâ€™re playing well and hitting good shots, the crowd gets behind you and you just seem to hit the ball better,â€ť Reisen said. â€śI just have to stay calm and try not to be nervous.â€ť
McLeanâ€™s round included five birdiesâ€“three of them coming on the par-5s.
â€śIâ€™ve played the par-5s at 8-under-par this week,â€ť McLean said. â€śI just need to go out tomorrow and make some birdies. As long as I donâ€™t rush and just stay patient, Iâ€™ll be ok.â€ť
Harman, the first and second-round leader, sits two shots back at 212 for the tournament. He carded a 2-over-par 74 on Thursday and is now tied for third with Seung-Su Han of Bradenton, Fla.
â€śI just canâ€™t seem to finish any of my rounds,â€ť Harman said. â€śIf I could just play the final three holes at even par, Iâ€™d be 12-under-par for the tournament. Thatâ€™s just inexcusable.â€ť
Han served notice that heâ€™ll be a presence on Friday. The 2002 champion shot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday for a tournament total of 212, putting him in the final group with McLean and Riesen. Han collected three birdies during his round and an eagle on the 529-yard, par-5 No. 13.
Tied for fifth with tournament totals of 213 are California natives Cameron Tringale of Laguna Niguel and Jordan Cox of Redwood City; Jace Moore of Southlake, Texas; Ben Spickard of Roswell, Ga.; and Philip Francis of Scottsdale, Ariz. Tied for 10th, four shots behind the leaders at 214, are Jarred Texter of Millersville, Pa.; Webb Simpson of Raleigh, N.C.; Peter Uihlein, of North Dartmouth, Mass.; and Robert Gates, Jr.,of Gainesville, Fla.
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA has a membership of approximately 5,000 junior golfers from 50 states and 30 foreign countries.
Titleist, the AJGAâ€™s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Associationâ€™s success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, a supporter of the AJGA since 1983, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
The final round of the FootJoy Boys Invitational begins Friday at 7 a.m. off the No. 1 tee at Forest Oaks Country Club.
For more information about the FootJoy Boys Invitational, please contact tournament headquarters at (336) 674-4070.