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. – 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 – ages 12-18 – 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 TOUR’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.
“If you’re playing well and hitting good shots, the crowd gets behind you and you just seem to hit the ball better,” Reisen said. “I just have to stay calm and try not to be nervous.”
McLean’s round included five birdies–three of them coming on the par-5s.
“I’ve played the par-5s at 8-under-par this week,” McLean said. “I just need to go out tomorrow and make some birdies. As long as I don’t rush and just stay patient, I’ll be ok.”
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.
“I just can’t seem to finish any of my rounds,” Harman said. “If I could just play the final three holes at even par, I’d be 12-under-par for the tournament. That’s just inexcusable.”
Han served notice that he’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 AJGA’s National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association’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.