Harman Leads US Junior Amateur


USGASAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Defending champion Brian Harman shot a 3-under par 67 at The Olympic Club to take the early lead Monday at the 2004 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Harman, 17, of Savannah, Georgia, leads Matt Savage by one stroke, as first- round play at the Lake Course has been suspended until Tuesday.
Play was delayed for three hours due to heavy morning fog, leaving a large portion of the 156-player field unable to complete their first rounds.
'It was tough to give that trophy back,' said Harman, who became only the third lefty to win a USGA title. 'That's mine. I want it back.'
Savage turned out a 15-stroke improvement from last year's opening round.
'I've made things a lot easier for tomorrow,' said Savage. 'I just hope I don't go the other way. I feel like I belong here.'
Daniel Lim sits in third place after shooting a 1-over 71. David Chung, Marshall Pickett and Matthew Swan are tied for fourth at 2-over 72, while Bradley Johnson, Daniel Woltman and David May sit six strokes off the lead at 3-over 73.
Following 36 holes of stroke play over the 6,790-yard, par 70 layout that has been host to four U.S. Opens, the top 64 scorers in this age 17-and-under Championship will advance to match play beginning on Wednesday. Play runs through Saturday's 18-hole final match.