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Gilliland has clubhouse lead; 78 still on course

7/24/2002

DULUTH, Ga. -- Chris Gilliland of Chattanooga, Tenn., had
the clubhouse lead at even-par 140 Wednesday after rain disrupted
play in the U.S. Junior Amateur for the second straight day.

The 17-year-old Gilliland shot a 4-under 66 on the Atlanta
Athletic Club's Highlands Course to take a one-stroke lead over
Casey Wittenberg of Memphis, Tenn. Wittenberg, also 17, had a 69.

Jerred Texter, 16, of Millersville, Pa., the first-round leader
after a 69, was one of 78 players in the 156-player field who
failed to complete the round. The field will be cut to 64 for match
play Thursday after the completion of the second round.

Play was suspended for two hours because of lightning and rain,
and darkness forced the suspension of play at 8:45 p.m.

Defending champion Henry Liaw, 16, of Rowland Heights, Calif.,
shot a 71 to join Zac Reynolds, 17, of Edmond, Okla., at 2 over.
Reynolds shot a 67.