Thursday, June 23, 2005
Incoming University of Alabama freshman Matthew Swan is at seven under par and tied for sixth going into the final round of the World Junior Golf Team Championships. The 72-hole tournament is being held in Toyota City, Japan.
Swan, a Montgomery native, is one of the four golfers representing the United States in the international event which features 14 teams (of four golfers each) from around the world. He and his USA teammates are the tournament’s team leader going into Friday’s final round. Erik Flores, of Grass Valley, Calif., leads all individuals at 16 under par. He has posted round scores of 65-71-64/200 on the par 72 Bear’s Paw Golf Club. Swan is among a three-way tie for fifth with New Zealand’s Jae An and Japan’s Yuki Usami. Swan, who prepped at Trinity Presbyterian and was a 2004 U.S. Amateur participant, opened play at one over par 73, and has followed that first round score with a 69 in the second round and 67 in the third round.
His USA teammates, in addition to Flores, also include Michael Green of Augusta, Georgia (74-72-67/213) and Nick Smith of Ocala, Fla. (75-69-70/214).
The USA is the tournament leader at 29-under par (619) going into the final round with a six-stroke lead over England (625). Colombia is third (627), followed by Argentina (633), New Zealand (643), Japan (644) and Chinese Taipei (644), Mexico (646), Canada (649), Belgium (651), Spain (653), India (658), South Africa (661) and Zimbabwe (688).