Furman University Golf Club
Greenville, South Carolina
June 4-7, 2001

Francis posts second straight 71 for three-shot lead

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ben Goforth's strong play continued in the second round of the Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman as he posted a 4-under-par 68 to grab a one-shot lead at 7-under-par 137. Abbi Francis leads the Girls Division with a 2-under-par 142. Francis carded nines of 36-35 for a 1-under 71.

The Henry-Griffitts Junior at Furman, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at the Furman University Golf Club, includes 81 boys and 21 girls, ages 13-18, representing 15 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Goforth, who qualified on Sunday in a sudden-death playoff, carded nines of 34-34. He played steadily all day, posting four birdies and no bogeys.

"I hit my irons well and I didn't miss many shots," said Goforth. "I'm hitting a lot of crucial putts. I'm keeping the ball in the fairway and avoiding the trees. You have to do that to score well on this course."

Goforth, 16, and a native of Shelby, N.C., placed second in the Class 2A State Tournament a few weeks ago.

"I just need to stay focused. I'm going to wake up feeling good, and come out and try to have fun," Goforth added.

Chasing Goforth is Nick Biershank of Boiling Springs, S.C. The 18-year-old shot his second consecutive 3-under 69 and is one shot back at 6-under-par 138.

Greenville native Brian Duncan and Luke List of Ringgold, Ga., are two shots back at 5-under 139. J.C. Deacon of Unionville, Ontario, and Matt Every of Daytona Beach, Fla., are at 1-under 143.

In the Girls Division, Abbi Francis of Conyers, Ga., posted her second straight 1-under 71 for a three-shot lead in the girls race.

"I felt that my putting was a little better today. I'm hitting the ball better, especially my driver," Francis said.

"For tomorrow, I need to play my game and hit my driver straight. I am happy with the way I'm playing, and I am going to go out and enjoy it," Francis said.

Three shots back is Julieta Granada of Bradenton, Fla., who shot a 1-under 71 for a two-day total of 1-over 145. Granada was the girls' sole qualifier on Sunday. Amy Middleton of Citronelle, Ala., is third at five-over-par 149.

The final round will conclude on Thursday with tee times starting at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Chris Forman at (864) 294-6283.


Greenville, S.C. -- Second-round results from the AJGA HENRY-GRIFFITTS JUNIOR AT FURMAN conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Furman University Golf Club. Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: Boys: 6,800 Girls: 5,877


Ben Goforth (2003) Shelby, N.C.* 69-68--137
Nick Biershenk (2002) Boiling Springs, S.C.* 69-69--138
Brian Duncan (2001) Greenville, S.C.* 68-71--139
Luke List (2003) Ringgold, Ga.* 67-72--139
Matt Every (2002) Daytona Beach, Fla.* 74-69--143
J.C. Deacon (2001) Unionville, Ontario* 73-70--143
Nick Kenney (2002) Etobicoke, Ontario* 73-71--144
Kevin Kisner (2002) Aiken, S.C.* 73-71--144
Banks Wood Jr. (2001) Charlotte, N.C.* 75-69--144
Stephen Poole (2001) Spartanburg, S.C.* 68-76--144
Alan Burnett (2002) Charlotte, N.C.* 75-69--144
Zach Siefert (2003) Simpsonville, S.C.* 72-73--145
Sung Back (2003) Rossville, Ga.* 74-71--145
Roberto Castro (2003) Alpharetta, Ga.* 73-72--145
John-Tyler Griffin (2006) Wilson, N.C.* 74-72--146
Webb Simpson (2004) Raleigh, N.C.* 73-73--146
Drew Bowen (2002) Monroe, Ga.* 74-73--147
Alex Yates (2002) Winston-Salem, N.C.* 72-75--147
Tommy Suri (2003) Miami, Fla.* 72-75--147
Brendon Todd (2003) Cary, N.C.* 72-75--147
Kellen Altman (2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C.* 74-73--147
Brent Witcher (2004) Duluth, Ga.* 74-74--148
Jake Creel (2004) Dothan, Ala.* 73-75--148
Rhett Lewis (2002) Douglas, Ga.* 74-74--148
Austin Haynes (2003) Dalton, Ga.* 72-76--148
Tripp Reynolds (2002) Shelby, N.C.* 75-73--148
Shane Birckbichler (2001) Greenville, S.C.* 70-78--148
Wesley Carter (2002) North Augusta, S.C.* 74-75--149
Chris Rogers (2002) Franklin, Tenn.* 73-76--149
Jon Kennedy (2002) Perry, Ga.* 76-74--150
Nicholas Baker (2002) Madison, N.C.* 78-73--151
Thomas Jordan (2002) Sea Island, Ga.* 77-74--151
Taylor Palmer (2002) Edmond, Okla.* 78-73--151
Jay Moseley (2003) Bainbridge, Ga.* 73-78--151
Rob Langley (2001) Norcross, Ga.* 76-76--152
Sam Nicholson (2002) Augusta, Ga.* 71-81--152
Marco Morales (2004) Coral Gables, Fla.* 78-74--152
West Streib (2001) Atlanta, Ga.* 79-73--152
Mitch Donald (2001) Athens, Ga.* 75-77--152
Taylor Crosby (2002) Athens, Ga.* 76-76--152
Corbett Cummings (2001) Simpsonville, S.C.* 73-80--153
Aaron Anderson (2001) Fargo, N.D.* 75-78--153
Travis Rada (2002) Stanley, N.C.* 76-77--153
Reid Waller (2001) Athens, Ga.* 75-78--153
Tim Gentry (2001) Easley, S.C.* 73-80--153
Chris Leake (2002) Centerville, Ohio* 79-74--153
Andy Leadbetter (2003) Orlando, Fla.* 77-76--153
John Eades (2002) Charlotte, N.C.* 76-77--153
Stu Michaels (2001) Curwensville, Pa.* 77-77--154
J.D. Bass (2003) Fairview, N.C.* 81-73--154
Matt Cooperrider (2002) Thornville, Ohio* 77-77--154
Enobong Udo (2004) Greenwood, S.C.* 83-72-155
Bryan Rozier (2003) Acworth, Ga.* 77-78--155

Matthew Bayliff (2002) Easley, S.C.* 78-77--155
Chris Gilles (2002) Owensboro, Ky.* 78-77--155
Brian Rickard (2002) Humble, Texas* 75-80--155
Chris Jarman (2002) Willimington, N.C.* 76-80--156
Andor Pruitt (2004) Cayce, S.C.* 81-75--156
Federico Salazar (2002) Delray Beach, Fla.* 78-78--156
Max Alverio (2003) San Juan, Puerto Rico* 75-81--156
Jonathan Henderson (2002) Mobile, Ala.* 75-82--157
Bill Roach Jr. (2001) Knoxville, Tenn.* 75-83--158
Chris Rice (2003) Charlotte, N.C.* 79-79--158
Matt O'Bryant (2002) Raleigh, N.C.* 81-77--158
Ryan Jeun (2001) Laurel, Md.* 82-77--159
Cole Stiles (2002) Athens, Ga* 80-79--159
Brad Scarborough (2002) Sugar Land, Texas* 80-80--160
Christopher Towery (2003) Greer, S.C.* 83-77--160
Ryan Holler (2004) Morehead City, N.C.* 76-84--160
Stephen Thomas (2002) Vancouver, British Columbia* 80-81--161
Matthew McIntyre (2002) Garland, N.C.* 82-79--161
Richard Lowe (2002) Johnson City, Tenn.* 79-83--162
Michael McCroan (2002) Marietta, Ga.* 77-85--162
Joel McAlhaney (2003) Aiken, S.C.* 82-81--163
Tyler Keister (2002) Morristown, Tenn.* 85-79--164
Seth Bryan (2002) Arab, Ala.* 82-83--165
Graham Worsham (2001) Nashville, Tenn.* 82-83--165
Josh Hackler (2003) Myrtle Beach, S.C.* 78-90--168
Brady King (2002) Easley, S.C.* 79-90--169
Casey Rigsby (2002) Boaz, Ala.* 94-81--175
Sonny Nimkhum (2002) Cerritos, Calif.* 72-WD (Illness)


Abbi Francis (2001) Conyers, Ga.* 71-71--142
Julieta Granada (2005) Bradenton, Fla.* 74-71--145
Amy Middleton (2003) Citronelle, Ala.* 74-75--149
Whitney Sylvan (2004) Columbia, S.C.* 77-74--151
Darby Sligh (2001) North Augusta, S.C.* 77-75--152
Blair Lamb (2005) Flat Rock, N.C.* 75-77--152
Chris Brady (2003) Apex, N.C.* 78-74--152
Jewelry Kwon (2002) Mount Dora, Fla.* 78-77--155
Molly Birmingham (2002) Cornelius, N.C.* 79-78--157
Tiffany Catafygiotu (2001) Greer, S.C.* 78-79--157
Marci Turner (2004) Tompkinsville, Ky.* 75-83--158
Beth Marushak (2002) Northampton, Pa.* 80-79--159
Erica Battle (2002) Columbia, S.C.* 78-82--160
Leslie Stubblefield (2001) Kennesaw, Ga.* 86-74--160
Lorraine Ballerano (2002) Myrtle Beach, S.C.* 76-84--160
Megan Miller (2002) Murrells Inlet, S.C.* 77-85--162
Jeehae Lee (2002) Andover, Mass.* 77-85--162
Charlotte Campbell (2002) Heathrow, Fla.* 79-84--163
Jenna Schmidt (2002) Lenoir, N.C.* 85-80--165
Claire Flexer (2003) Brunswick, Ga.* 82-84--166
Sarah Cousart (2002) Athens, Ga.* 94-93--187

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