Texter and Can Share Medalist Honors at 1-Under-Par 139


Duluth, Ga. – Jarred Texter, 16, Lancaster, Pa., and Tarik Can, 17, of Douglaston, N.Y., shared medalist honors at 1-under-par 139 at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club’s 7,008-yard, par-70 Highlands Course.

Both Texter, who led after the first day with a 1–under-par 69, and Can did not finish their second rounds on Wednesday. Texter followed his opening 69 with an even-par 70, that included four birdies and four bogeys. Can shot a 2-under-par 68 in the second round, making four birdies and two bogeys. He fired a 71 in the first-round.

“It means a lot,” Texter said of sharing the medalist honor. “There’s a lot of good players here – some of the best in the United States. It is only medal play but medaling is nice. The number one seed is cool. But, the beginning of the tournament really starts now.”

He is also aware of the frailty of high seedings, particularly when playing the Highlands Course, where only eight of 312 rounds were under par during stroke play.

“If you medal, great,” Texter added. “But even if you’re two through 64, it doesn’t matter. Even medaling doesn’t matter. You saw what happened last year. Actually, my buddy, Zach Amole, who beat (2001 medalist) James Vargas, and I are both from Lancaster, Pa.”

Can could not agree more.

“I’m happy about that,” Can said of the co-medalist honor. “I heard medalist hasn’t won the tournament in the last three or four years. I hope at least to win my first match.”

After two straight days of weather delays, the two rounds of stroke play concluded with a 14-player-for-eight berth playoff. The cut came at 151, 11-over-par.

Only the morning wave of starting times completed stroke play Wednesday. Among those players, Chris Gilliland, 17, of Chattanooga, Tenn. had been the leader after he fired a 4-under-par 66 for a 36-hole total of even-par 140. His round, the low score of the championship, included five birdies and one bogey. Gilliland’s nickname is Monty because of his resemblance to Scottish professional golfer Colin Montgomerie.

Fellow Tennessean Casey Wittenberg, 17, of, Memphis, trailed by two strokes by recording three birdies and two bogeys in his 1-under-par round of 69 for a 1-over-par 36-hole total of 141.

Defending champion Henry Liaw, 16, of Rowland Heights, Calif., completed his second round Wednesday at 1-over-par 71 for a 36-hole total of 2-over-par 142.

“I look at it as an encouragement,” Liaw said of the mantle of being defending champion. “I wouldn’t try to give myself too much pressure.

Joining Liaw, three strokes behind Texter and Can at 142, was Zac Reynolds, 17, of Edmond, Okla., who tallied a 3-under-par 67 Wednesday.

Play was halted for more than 2 ½ hours Wednesday but resumed at 5:10 p.m. Darkness ended play for the day at 8:45 p.m. with 78 players still on the course. Second round play resumed at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The start of the first round of match play, originally scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, was delayed until 1 p.m.

On Wednesday the afternoon wave of starting times for the second round, those players with an originally scheduled times beginning at noon through 1:53 p.m., was delayed six hours and 15 minutes from the original times.

The second and third rounds of match play are scheduled for Friday. With the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds set for Saturday. The final is now slated for Sunday morning. All matches are scheduled for 18 holes.

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.

Duluth, Ga. – Results of the second round of stroke play, Wednesday and Thursday, at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur at the 7,008-yard, par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course:

Jarred Texter, Lancaster, Pa., 69-70--139
Tarik Can, Douglaston, N.Y., 71-68--139
Chris Gilliland, Chattanooga, Tenn., 74-66--140
Casey Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn., 72-69--141
Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif., 71-71--142
Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla., 75-67--142
A J Shiffert, Visalia, Calif., 71-72--143
Roberto Castro, Alpharetta, Ga., 73-70--143
Elliott Wainwright, Hillsborough, Calif., 70-73--143
Matt Harmon, Grand Rapids, Mich., 70-73--143
Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga., 75-68--143
Chris Wilson, Dublin, Ohio, 73-70--143
Daniel Im, La Mirada, Calif., 72-72--144
Beau Glover, Sherwood, Ark., 77-67--144
Randy Lowry, Spring, Texas, 75-70--145
Robert Riesen, Pinehurst, N.C., 71-74--145
Jerry Richardson, Burlington, N.C., 74-71--145
Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga., 74-71--145
John Streibich, St Thomas, Virgin Islands, 75-70--145
Dan Kleckner, Spring, Texas, 72-74--146
Tom Glissmeyer, Colorado Springs, Colo., 77-69--146
Seath Lauer, Huntington, Ind., 76-70--146
Chanin Puntawong, Bradenton, Fla., 74-72--146
Rob Grube, Hinsdale, Ill., 71-75--146
Brett Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla., 76-71--147
Blaine Peffley, Lebanon, Pa., 73-74--147
Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 74-73--147
Alex Prugh, Spokane, Wash., 73-74--147
Joshua Wooding, Riverside, Calif., 75-73--148
Jonathan Green, Sisters, Ore., 75-73--148
Will Mast, Scottsdale, Ariz., 71-77--148
Joe Panzeri, Boise, Idaho, 77-71--148
Michael Randle, Austin, Texas, 72-76--148
Jake Grodzinksy, Cornville, Ariz., 73-75--148
Joseph Sykora, Daphne, Ala., 70-78--148
Greg Carlin, Kensington, Md., 76-72--148
Adam Porzak, Poway, Calif., 70-78--148
Sam Korbe, Springdale, Ark., 78-71--149
Tyler Miskell, Heath, Ohio, 74-75--149
Will Dottley, Greenville, Miss., 76-73--149
Craig Revell, Canada, 74-75--149
Kevin Larsen, Santa Barbara, Calif., 75-74--149
Nick Hughey, Gaffney, S.C., 73-76--149
Kevin Dore, Canada, 73-76--149
Cole Isban, South Bend, Ind., 75-74--149
Casey Clendenon, Houston, Texas, 74-75--149
Philip Chauncey, Durham, N.C., 79-70--149
Chad Moscovic, Stockton, Calif., 78-71--149
Timothy Moynihan, Murrysville, Pa., 74-75--149
Jarrod Page, Newton Falls, Ohio, 76-73--149
Reed Darsie, Chapel Hill, N.C., 74-76--150
Tyler Rucarean, Gainesville, Fla., 75-75--150
Benjamin Alvarado, Chile, 71-79--150
Michael Baird, Castle Rock, Colo., 70-80--150
Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz., 72-78--150
Matt Schall, Jersey Shore, Pa., 77-73—150
*Masaki Nakanishi, Japan, 70-81—151(3)
*Scotty Campbell, Conway, Ark., 76-75—151 (4)
*Jonathan Taruc, Las Vegas, Nev., 73-78—151 (4)
*Tom Guillebeau, Hockessin, Del., 75-76—151 (4)
*David Merkow, Hartland, Wis., 74-77—151 (5,4)
*Chris Wells, Mobile, Ala., 78-73—151 (4)
*Matt Edwards, Henderson, Nev., 77-74—151(5,4,4,4)
*Shane Sigsbee, McKinney, Texas, 77-74—151(5,4,4,5)
Failed to Qualify
*Chris Heintz, Brea, Calif., 78-73—151 (5,4,4,9)
*Geoff Stevens, Centerville, Ohio, 79-72—151 (7)
*Charlie Delsman, Hartland, Wis., 74-77—151 (5,5)
*Jeffrey Edelman, Southlake, Texas, 77-74—151 (6)
*Joe Shirley, Atlanta, Ga., 77-74—151(9)
*Jared Jones, Kenova, W.Va., 74-77—151 (5,6)
*in 14-for-8 playoff
Brett Kanda, La Crescenta, Calif., 78-74--152
Michael Giammaresi, Tampa, Fla., 75-77--152
Dustin Hamilton, Southport, N.C., 74-78--152
Blake Trimble, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 77-75--152
Sterling Clark, Salt Lake City, Utah, 72-80--152
Victor Ciesielski, Canada, 77-75--152
Mark Long, Huntersville, N.C., 79-73--152
Michael Schachner, Libertyville, Ill., 72-80--152
Michael Young Jr, Jacksonville, Fla., 79-73--152
Zechariah Potter, Cheney, Kan., 73-79--152
Peter Heile, Cincinnati, Ohio, 80-72--152
Scott Aker, Springfield, Ohio, 75-77--152
Preston Smith, Monroe, La., 76-76--152
Brandon Lawson, Elburn, Ill., 79-74--153
John Saari, Lilburn, Ga., 76-77--153
James Sacheck, Indianapolis, Ind., 76-77--153
Jordan Pomeranz, Sanford, N.C., 84-69--153
Andy Leadbetter, Orlando, Fla., 78-75--153
Christian Jensen, St George, Utah, 77-76--153
Joey Knapek, Winter Haven, Fla., 74-79--153
Alex Zega, Louisville, Ky., 81-72--153
Tommy Jensen, Daphne, Ala., 78-75--153
Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash., 80-73--153
Robbie Fillmore, Salt Lake City, Utah, 71-82--153
Kyle Moore, Dublin, Ohio, 76-77--153
Morgan Landry, Lafayette, La., 75-79--154
Matthew Kinsinger, Reno, Nev., 75-79--154
Landon Banks, Portland, Ore., 76-78--154
Jeffrey Cuzzort, Detroit, Mich., 80-74--154
John Larson, Springfield, Minn., 79-75--154
Marc Gladson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 78-76--154
Eddie Peckels, Delray Beach, Fla., 80-74--154
Brady Schnell, Omaha, Neb., 71-83--154
Kyle Forbes, La Quinta, Calif., 79-75--154
Scott Chisholm, Essex Fells, N.J., 77-78--155
Aaron Sides, Lubbock, Texas, 78-77--155
Brandon Burris, White House, Tenn., 74-81--155
Jonathan Feldick, Coralville, Iowa, 79-76--155
Tyler Kupper, Weston, Conn., 77-78--155
Garrett Wentzell, Worcester, Mass., 76-79--155
Louis Rittberger, Moreland Hills, Ohio, 79-76--155
Andrew Dibitetto, Rochester, N.Y., 77-78--155
Ari Goott, Sandy, Utah, 80-76--156
Kyle Williamson, Midland, Mich., 78-78--156
Nicklaus Kelley, Purcellville, Va., 75-81--156
Kyle Maze, Austin, Texas, 77-79--156
Joe Potter, Dublin, Ohio, 79-77--156
Tim Porter, Wilmington, Del., 77-79--156
Keith Berry, Fresno, Calif., 79-78--157
Andrew Storm, Omaha, Neb., 79-78--157
Alex Knoll, Bethlehem, Pa., 76-81--157
Tom Miles, Dublin, Ohio, 82-75--157
Andrew Oleksak, Agawam, Mass., 77-81--158
Jon Curran, Hopkinton, Mass., 76-82--158
Kyle Coconis, So Zanesville, Ohio, 77-81--158
Brian Carneal, Pasadena, Md., 75-83--158
Steven Bain, Bahamas, 78-80--158
Will Oldham, Richmond, Va., 80-79--159
Tom McAndrews, Colbert, Wash., 79-80--159
Franklin Corpening, Fort Worth, Texas, 85-74--159
Timothy Freund, Reynolds Plantation, Ga., 81-78--159
Robin Yoo, Bradenton, Fla., 79-80--159
Andrew Temple, Berkeley, Calif., 80-80--160
Josh Nelson, Richmond, Va., 79-81--160
Clayton Rask, Otsego, Minn., 79-82--161
Colby Lindsay, Canada, 81-80--161
Addison Awe, Dallas, Texas, 76-85--161
Kurt Nino, Honolulu, Hawaii, 83-78--161
Christopher Anderson, Lake Mary, Fla., 81-81--162
Darren Schwartz, Westlake Village, Calif., 88-74--162
Patrick Herzog, Red Wing, Minn., 82-80--162
Zach Jecklin, Bloomington, Ill., 82-80--162
Maki Kobayashi, Newington, Conn., 82-80--162
John Aubrey Jr, Butler, Pa., 81-82--163
Anthony Verna, Orinda, Calif., 80-84--164
Nick Kirsch, Steubenville, Ohio, 82-82--164
Allan Baab, Wailua, Hawaii, 79-85--164
Timothy Johnson, Marblehead, Mass., 82-82--164
Christian Whittaker, Pleasanton, Calif., 85-80--165
Scott Murray, Visalia, Calif., 81-84--165
Robert Moore, El Salvador, 84-81--165
Renaud Langevin, Canada, 80-88--168
Jon Stecher, Fargo, N.D., 88-83--171
Stefan Wistorf, Germany, 89-85--174
Eric White, Paris, Texas, 78-DQ--DQ
Jeff Gerlich, Austin, Texas, 83-WD--WD

Duluth, Ga. – Pairings for Thursday’s first round of match play at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur to be played at the 7,008-yard, par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course:

1:00 pm Jake Grodzinsky, Cornville, Ariz. (148) vs. Will Mast, Scottsdale, Ariz. (148)
1:08 pm Randy Lowry, Spring, Texas (145) vs. Nick Hughey, Gaffney, S.C. (149)
1:16 pm Brian Harman, Savannah, Ga. (145) vs. Craig Revell, Canada (149)
1:24 pm Brett Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla. (147) vs. Sam Korbe, Springdale, Ark. (149)
1:32 pm A J Shiffert, Visalia, Calif. (143) vs. Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz. (150)
1:40 pm Seath Lauer, Huntington, Ind. (146) vs. Kevin Dore, Canada (149)
1:48 pm Joseph Sykora, Daphne, Ala. (148) vs. Michael Randle, Austin, Texas (148)
1:56 pm Daniel Im, La Mirada, Calif. (144) vs. Benjamin Alvarado, Chile (150)
2:04 pm Rob Grube, Hinsdale, Ill. (146) vs. Philip Chauncey, Durham, N.C. (149)
2:12 pm Alex Prugh, Spokane, Wash. (147) vs. Adam Porzak, Poway, Calif. (148)
2:20 pm Elliott Wainwright, Hillsborough, Calif. (143) vs. Reed Darsie, Chapel Hill, N.C.(150)
2:28 pm Dan Kleckner, Spring, Texas (146) vs. Kevin Larsen, Santa Barbara, Calif. (149)
2:44 pm Roberto Castro, Alpharetta, Ga. (143) vs. Masaki Nakanishi, Japan (151)
2:52 pm Casey Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn. (141) vs. David Merkow, Hartland, Wis. (151)
3:00 pm Henry Liaw, Rowland Heights, Calif. (142) vs. Tom Guillebeau, Hockessin, Del. (151)
3:08 pm Jarred Texter, Lancaster, Pa. (139) vs. Shane Sigsbee, McKinney, Texas (151)
3:16 pm Tarik Can, Douglaston, N.Y. (139) vs. Matt Edwards, Henderson, Nev. (151)
3:24 pm Joshua Wooding, Riverside, Calif. (148) vs. Greg Carlin, Kensington, Md. (148)
3:32 pm Robert Riesen, Pinehurst, N.C. (145) vs. Jarrod Page, Newton Falls, Ohio (149)
3:40 pm John Streibich, St Thomas, Virgin Islands (145) vs. Casey Clendenon, Houston, Texas (149)
3:48 pm Chris Kirk, Woodstock, Ga. (143) vs. Scotty Campbell, Conway, Ark. (151)
3:56 pm Derek Tolan, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (147) vs. Chad Moscovic, Stockton, Calif. (149)
4:04 pm Chris Wilson, Dublin, Ohio (143) vs. Tyler Rucarean, Gainesville, Fla. (150)
4:12 pm Chanin Puntawong, Bradenton, Fla. (146) vs. Timothy Moynihan, Murrysville, Pa. (149)
4:20 pm Chris Gilliland, Chattanooga, Tenn. (140) vs. Chris Wells, Mobile, Ala. (151)
4:28 pm Jonathan Green, Sisters, Ore. (148) vs. Joe Panzeri, Boise, Idaho (148)
4:36 pm Beau Glover, Sherwood, Ark. (144) vs. Matt Schall, Jersey Shore, Pa. (150)
4:44 pm Jerry Richardson, Burlington, N.C. (145) vs. Cole Isban, South Bend, Ind. (149)
4:52 pm Zac Reynolds, Edmond, Okla. (142) vs. Jonathan Taruc, Las Vegas, Nev. (151)
5:00 pm Blaine Peffley, Lebanon, Pa. (147) vs. Will Dottley, Greenville, Miss. (149)
5:08 pm Matt Harmon, Grand Rapids, Mich. (143) vs. Michael Baird, Castle Rock, Colo. (150)
5:16 pm Tom Glissmeyer, Colorado Springs, Colo. (146) vs. Tyler Miskell, Heath, Ohio (149)