JUSTIN LEONARD/DELOITTE JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
June 28 – July 1, 2004
OSBORNE & HOLLAND CARD 7-UNDER 64 TO CARRY LEAD INTO FINAL ROUND
Barton & Burlison hold seven-stroke lead in the Girls Division
DALLAS – One bogey-free round is an amazing feat. Two bogey-free rounds are rare; especially when they are back-to-back. Charlie Holland of Dallas, and Will Osborne of Wichita Falls, Texas, have managed to do just that after two rounds at the Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship. Dallas-native Lila Barton and Sydney Burlison of Salinas, Calif., posted a 3-under-par 68 to finish the second round with a seven-stroke lead.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship is being held at Northwood Club in Dallas, the site of the 1952 U.S. Open. The 54-hole event features 72 players from 11 states and Mexico, including 48 players from Texas.
The players competed in a four-ball format, under which each player plays his/her own ball throughout the hole. Upon completion of the hole, the team then takes the best ball of the two scores.
Osborne and Holland, winners of the 2003 Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship, took advantage of their experience as a tandem to put together a bogey-free round for the second day in a row.
“Charlie was playing really well today,” said Osborne. “He had six birdies and was putting really well.”
The team recorded birdies on Nos. 1, 2, 6, 9, 11, 14 and 15 to finish with a 7-under-par 64 in the round. Combined with their 65 in the first round, the duo finished the day with a three-stroke lead in the Boys Division.
“Tomorrow we are going to have to hit some fairways - we’ve got to keep the ball in play,” said Holland. “It’s going to be tough tomorrow with alternate shot,” said Osborne. “But we can find a way,” Holland chimed in.
Coming in behind Holland & Osborne with a 10-under-par 132 were Garrett Merrell and Paul Haley, both of Dallas. Merrell & Haley also carded a bogey-free 7-under-par 64 in the second round.
Rounding out the top five in the Boys Division were Jon McLean of Weston, Fla., and Tom Miles of Dublin, Ohio; Kevin Schultz of Richardson, Texas, and Trent Leon of Dallas; and Christopher Ward of McKinney, Texas, and Jordan Cox of Redwood City, Calif., all finishing the second round at 8-under-par 134.
In the Girls Division, the team of Barton and Burlison carded a 3-under-par 68 in the second round to extend their lead to seven strokes.
“We played our own game today,” said Burlison. “We played as if we were playing against each other so that we would not put any pressure on each other.” The pair had only one bogey during the round while carding four birdies.
“We get along really well and we have really similar games,” said Barton. “Tomorrow we are going to try to hit the best shots that we can and go out and make a lot of pars.”
“Our plan is to play consistent in the final round and try not to leave each other hanging after a shot,” Burlison said.
Trailing Barton and Burlison are Katy Barrett of Las Vegas, and Brooke Todare of Paradise Valley, Ariz., with a 2-over-par 144. The team of Lindsay Cullen of Allen, Texas, and Alexandrea Schulte of Broken Arrow, Okla., along with Sarah and Andrea Zwartynski of Allen, Texas, are currently tied for third with 3-over-par 145s.
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 (boys and girls ages 12-18) 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 an AJGA Premier Partner in 2004.
Final-round tee times begin at 9 a.m., Thursday off the No. 1 tee. For more information about the Justin Leonard/Deloitte Junior Team Championship, please contact Northwood Club at (972) 934-0544.