Texter's 69 Leads First Wave Of Scores At Junior Amateur

Duluth, Ga. – Jarred Texter, 16, of Millersville, Pa., shot a 1-under-par 69, the field’s only sub-par round, to lead all scorers at the halfway point of the first day of stroke play at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

“It doesn’t surprise me that I shot under par but I thought a couple of other guys might shoot under par,” said Texter, who won the North-South Junior at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in North Carolina last week. “But, it’s early and the golf course is tough.”

With tangly Bermuda rough and fast and firm greens, the 7,008-yard, par-70 Highlands Course presented a steep challenge just as it did when it played 7,213 yards and par 70 for the 2001 PGA Championship. For the most part, players opted for the ‘keep in play’ course management style.

“I had that attitude,” said Texter, who recorded three birdies and two bogeys. “I hit a lot of drivers. I’m scoring now because of my driver. I hit driver on all par 4s and par 5s. For me, that’s not playing aggressive. Going after pins and going after putts is aggressive. I hit a lot of drivers but I played conversatively in my own right.”

Texter, who is playing in his third Junior Amateur, was followed by four players at even-par 70 -- Joseph Sykora, 17, of Daphne, Ala., Matt Harmon, 17, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Michael Baird, 17, of Castle Rock, Colo., and Adam Porzak, 15, of Poway, Calif.

Sykora agreed with Texter’s approach, particularly after recording five birdies, three bogeys and one double bogey.

“You’ve got to keep it in the fairway,” said Sykora. “I only missed three fairways and I got in two fairway bunkers and that’s a lot better than the rough. If you get in the rough, you have to lay up – you’re done.”

Chanin Puntawong, 15, of Thailand scored the first hole-in-one in seven years at the Junior Amateur with a 6-iron at the 183-yard 7th hole. The last previous hole in one was by Brady Stockton at the 1995 Championship at Fargo (N.D.) Country Club. Puntawong was a semifinalist in 2000. He finished with a 4-over-par 74 as did U.S. Open participant, Derek Tolan, 16, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.

The field of 156 golfers will play two rounds of stroke play and the low 64 scorers will advance to match play beginning Thursday. Six rounds of match play will conclude with the 18-hole final match on Saturday afternoon.

The U.S. Junior Amateur, for golfers age 17 and younger, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Midday results for the first day of stroke play at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the 7,008-yard, par-70 Highlands Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club:

Jarred Texter, Millersville, Pa., 35-34--69
Joseph Sykora, Daphne, Ala., 34-36--70
Michael Baird, Castle Rock, Colo., 33-37--70
Matt Harmon, Grand Rapids, Mich., 35-35--70
Adam Porzak, Poway, Calif., 34-36--70
Benjamin Alvarado, Chile, 34-37--71
Rob Grube, Hinsdale, Ill., 34-37--71
Tarik Can, Douglaston, N.Y., 38-33--71
Robbie Fillmore, Salt Lake City, Utah, 34-37--71
Brady Schnell, Omaha, Neb., 32-39--71
Michael Randle, Austin, Texas, 34-38--72
Michael Schachner, Libertyville, Ill., 38-34--72
Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz., 37-35--72
Blaine Peffley, Lebanon, Pa., 38-35--73
Jake Grodzinksy, Cornville, Ariz., 39-34--73
Alex Prugh, Spokane, Wash., 36-37--73
Zechariah Potter, Cheney, Kan., 37-36--73
Chris Wilson, Dublin, Ohio, 35-38--73
Joey Knapek, Winter Haven, Fla., 35-39--74
Timothy Moynihan, Murrysville, Pa., 38-36--74
Chanin Puntawong, Bradenton, Fla., 35-39--74
David Merkow, Hartland, Wis., 39-35--74
Jared Jones, Kenova, W.Va., 39-35--74
Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 38-36--74
Scott Aker, Springfield, Ohio, 36-39--75
Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga., 35-40--75
John Streibich, St Thomas, Virgin Islands, 38-37--75
Addison Awe, Dallas, Texas, 37-39--76
Alex Knoll, Bethlehem, Pa., 38-38--76
Garrett Wentzell, Worcester, Mass., 37-39--76
Seath Lauer, Huntington, Ind., 37-39--76
Greg Carlin, Kensington, Md., 40-36--76
Preston Smith, Monroe, La., 36-40--76
Jarrod Page, Newton Falls, Ohio, 40-36--76
Kyle Moore, Dublin, Ohio, 37-39--76
Tyler Kupper, Weston, Conn., 37-40--77
Tom Glissmeyer, Colorado Springs, Colo., 38-39--77
Tim Porter, Wilmington, Del., 39-38--77
Shane Sigsbee, McKinney, Texas, 41-36--77
Joe Shirley, Atlanta, Ga., 38-39--77
Matt Schall, Jersey Shore, Pa., 38-39--77
Andrew Dibitetto, Rochester, N.Y., 38-39--77
Beau Glover, Sherwood, Ark., 38-39--77
Chad Moscovic, Stockton, Calif., 40-38--78
Eric White, Paris, Texas, 39-39--78
Chris Heintz, Brea, Calif., 38-40--78
Marc Gladson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 38-40--78
Steven Bain, Bahamas, 38-40--78
Tommy Jensen, Daphne, Ala., 39-39--78
Chris Wells, Mobile, Ala., 36-42--78
Philip Chauncey, Durham, N.C., 41-38--79
Keith Berry, Fresno, Calif., 38-41--79
Andrew Storm, Omaha, Neb., 39-40--79
Michael Young Jr, Jacksonville, Fla., 40-39--79
Tom McAndrews, Colbert, Wash., 36-43--79
Josh Nelson, Richmond, Va., 36-43--79
Louis Rittberger, Moreland Hills, Ohio, 38-41--79
John Larson, Springfield, Minn., 40-39--79
Kyle Forbes, La Quinta, Calif., 41-38--79
Allan Baab, Wailua, Hawaii, 36-43--79
Robin Yoo, Bradenton, Fla., 38-41--79
Will Oldham, Richmond, Va., 41-39--80
Peter Heile, Cincinnati, Ohio, 42-38--80
Jeffrey Cuzzort, Detroit, Mich., 42-38--80
Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash., 40-40--80
Eddie Peckels, Delray Beach, Fla., 43-37--80
Alex Zega, Louisville, Ky., 43-38--81
Scott Murray, Visalia, Calif., 41-40--81
Timothy Freund, Reynolds Plantation, Ga., 43-38--81
Nick Kirsch, Steubenville, Ohio, 40-42--82
Timothy Johnson, Marblehead, Mass., 41-41--82
Tom Miles, Dublin, Ohio, 40-42--82
Kurt Nino, Honolulu, Hawaii, 38-45--83
Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas, 38-45--83
Robert Moore, El Salvador, 45-39--84
Christian Whittaker, Pleasanton, Calif., 43-42--85
Franklin Corpening, Fort Worth, Texas, 39-46--85
Jon Stecher, Fargo, N.D., 44-44--88