AJGA OSSO JUNIOR AT OAK
Oak Tree Country Club, East Course
June 24-27, 2002
BEST, DRESSER ON TOP HEADING
INTO FINAL ROUND AT OAK TREE
Rollins, Knoll share Girls Division lead
EDMOND, Okla. - Matt Best of Pauls Valley,
Okla., followed his opening-round 68 with a 2-over 72 to maintain
his spot atop the leaderboard at the AJGA OSSO Junior at Oak
Tree. Andrew Dresser of Carrollton, Texas, shot a second-round
1-over 71 at the 6,942-yard, par-70 Oak Tree Country Club's
East Course to tie for the Boys Division lead. With a tie
at 3-over-par 143, Ashley Rollins, of Austin, Texas, and Ashley
Knoll, of The Woodlands, Texas, lead the Girls Division.
The 54-hole event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association,
features 144 players hailing from 18 states and includes 49
Oklahoma natives and 46 juniors from Texas. The tournament
is one of the largest of the year on the AJGA circuit. Past
champions of the event include PGA TOUR players Brian Watts,
Bob Estes and LPGA TOUR player Kelle Booth, who claimed the
Best, 17, carried his momentum from the first round into today's
round to help him get going early.
"I birdied two out of my first three holes which put
me out on a great start," Best said.
Best played his final nine holes at even par to put himself
in good position for his first AJGA title.
"I knew that I had to be even or better for the tournament
to be in that last group of the day tomorrow," Best said.
Starting on the back nine, Dresser was aggressive early with
birdies on Nos. 10 and 12.
Dresser, who has a pair of top-10 finishes to his credit this
season, added a birdie on the 194-yard, par-3 No. 6 after
knocking a 4-iron to within four feet to move back to even
par for the day.
"The course is definitely playing tough," said Dresser
on a day which no one broke par. "I feel like I left
a lot of shots out there today, but that is going to happen.
You are going to have a couple of bad holes."
Best and Dresser stand at even-par 140 for the tournament,
four shots ahead of Trent Leon of Dallas and Martin Ureta
of Wesley Chapel, Fla. Robert Stone of Dallas and Cameron
Bishop of Tulsa, Okla., are tied for fifth at 145.
In the Girls Division, Rollins (72-71--143) said she got off
to a rough start, but she was able to get into her groove
after a birdie on No. 3.
"I stuck my chip to five feet which helped me get it
back together after being 2-over," Rollins said.
Rollins ended with three birdies on the day to help her jump
into a tie for the lead with Knoll, who fired the low round
of the day for the girls with an even-par 70.
"I was 2-under early which helped me have some leeway
later on," Knoll said. "Overall, I hit the ball
better today and my distance putting was stronger."
Taylor Leon of Dallas holds third place at 146 after shooting
Final-round action begins with the first wave of tee times
beginning at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 27 off the No. 1 and
10 tees at the Oak Tree Country Club, East Course. The second
wave gets underway at 12 p.m.
For more information on the AJGA OSSO Junior at Oak Tree,
contact our tournament headquarters at (405) 330-9545.