Weather Shuffles Schedule Again; Gilliland Leads at Even Par 140

Duluth, Ga. -- For the second consecutive day, weather jostled the schedule of play at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Only 78 players completed their second round of stroke play but Chris Gilliland, 17, of Chattanooga, Tenn. had the lead in the clubhouse with a 4-under-par 66 Wednesday for a 36-hole total of even-par 140. His round included five birdies and one bogey.

“I came out mainly (Wednesday) trying to make match play,” said the Tennessee high schooler who goes by the nickname ‘Monte’ because of his resemblance to professional golfer Colin Montgomerie. “If I come out medalist, that’s great. If I don’t, that’s all I’m trying to do is make match play.”

He had shot 65, his low career competitive round, in qualifying for the championship.

Fellow Tennessean Casey Wittenberg, 17, of, Memphis, trailed Gilliland by one stroke 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.

Jerred Texter, 16, of Millersville, Pa., who led after the first day with a –under-par 69, did not finish his second round.

Defending champion Henry Liaw, 16, of Rowland Heights, Calif., completed his second round 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.

“(Wednesday) was the same exact timing as (Tuesday,” Liaw said. (Tuesday) I had three straight birdies and they blew the horn. (Wednesday) I had two straight birdies and they blew the horn. You’ve got to get through it. That’s how weather is. You don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Joining Liaw, two strokes behind Gilliland at 142, was Zac Reynolds, 17, of Edmond, Okla., who tallied a 3-under-par 67.

Play was suspended at 2:31 p.m. due to lightning and rain but resumed at 5:10 p.m. At the time of suspension, no one in the field had completed the second round but 60 players had returned 9-hole scores.

A second suspension, due to darkness, ended play for the day at 8:45 p.m. with 78 players still on the course. Second round play will resume at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The first-round of match play, originally scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, is delayed.

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.

At the end of stroke play, the field of 156 golfers will be reduced to 64 for match play. The first two rounds of match play are scheduled for Thursday and the third and quarterfinal rounds are set for Friday. The semifinal and final rounds are scheduled for Saturday. 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. – Partial results of the second round of stroke play at the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur at the 7,008-yard, par-70 Atlanta Athletic Club’s Highlands Course (78 players were still on the course when play was called at 8:45 p,m due to darkness):

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
Daniel Im, La Mirada, Calif., 72-72--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
Dan Kleckner, Spring, Texas, 72-74--146
Brett Myers, Broken Arrow, Okla., 76-71--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
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
Reed Darsie, Chapel Hill, N.C., 74-76--150
Tyler Rucarean, Gainesville, Fla., 75-75--150
Scotty Campbell, Conway, Ark., 76-75--151
Geoff Stevens, Centerville, Ohio, 79-72--151
Charlie Delsman, Hartland, Wis., 74-77--151
Jeffrey Edelman, Southlake, Texas, 77-74--151
Jonathan Taruc, Las Vegas, Nev., 73-78--151
Masaki Nakanishi, Japan, 70-81--151
Matt Edwards, Henderson, Nev., 77-74--151
Tom Guillebeau, Hockessin, Del., 75-76--151
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
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
Morgan Landry, Lafayette, La., 75-79--154
Matthew Kinsinger, Reno, Nev., 75-79--154
Landon Banks, Portland, Ore., 76-78--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
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
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
Andrew Temple, Berkeley, Calif., 80-80--160
Clayton Rask, Otsego, Minn., 79-82--161
Colby Lindsay, Canada, 81-80--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
Renaud Langevin, Canada, 80-88--168
Stefan Wistorf, Germany, 89-85--174