Sorenstam, Park share lead at Big Apple

Posted: Sunday, July 28, 2002

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- South Korea's Gloria Park matched the tournament record with an 8-under 63, but all that did was tie her for the lead Saturday after three rounds of the LPGA Big Apple Classic with Annika Sorenstam, who had a 64.

Park, in her third season on tour, matched Betsy King's 63 from 1990, but that was when the 6,161-yard Wykagyl Country Club course played to a par of 72. Since it was changed to par 71 the next year, Park's round was the lowest.

Park has one career LPGA Tour victory, at the Williams Championship last year.

Sorenstam made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to match Park at 12-under 201.

FleetBoston Classic

CONCORD, Mass. -- Bob Gilder extended his bogey-free streak to 47 holes and kept his one-stroke lead after two rounds of the FleetBoston Classic despite a late surge by Jim Thorpe.

U.S. Girls' Junior

WESTFIELD, N.J. -- In-Bee Park won the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, beating Jenny Tangtiphaiboontana 4 and 3 on the Echo Lake Country Club course.

Park, from Eustis, Fla., became the second-youngest champion at 14 years, 15 days old. Aree Wongluekiet was 13 years, 3 months, 7n days when she won in 1999. Park became the first medalist to win the event since Beth Bauer in 1997. The finalists earned spots into the U.S. Women's Amateur at Sleepy Hollow in Scarborough, N.Y., on Aug. 12-17.

U.S. Junior Amateur

DULUTH, Ga. -- Charlie Beljan and Zac Reynolds each won two matches to advance to the final of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Beljan, 17, of Mesa, Ariz., beat Brian Harman of Savannah, Ga., in 21 holes in the quarterfinals, and edged Elliott Wainwright of Hillsborough, Calif., 2 and 1 in the semifinals.

Reynolds, 17, of Edmond, Okla., beat Joe Panzeri of Boise, Idaho, 2-up in the quarters, and topped Tarik Can of New York 3 and 2 in the semis on the Highlands Course.

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