Hjertstedt leads by 1 at B.C. Open

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July 23, 2006

Gabriel Hjertstedt, bidding to become the third two-time winner of the B.C. Open, overcame two rain delays to shoot a 4-under-par 68 yesterday and take a one-shot lead after three rounds in Verona, N.Y.

"I had it going nicely all day," said Hjertstedt, who was at 14-under 202 in his bid to join Joey Sindelar and Brad Faxon as the only two-time winners of the B.C. Open, which is being dropped from the PGA Tour after this year. "I've felt great all week. It's nice to be in the hunt. It's exciting for me."

First-round leader Mark Brooks (66), who shot even par Friday, made a nice turnaround and was tied for second with David Branshaw (68), of Oswego, N.Y., and Scott Gump (69).

U.S. Girls' Junior -- Jenny Shin rallied from a late three-hole deficit in Charlotte, N.C., to beat Vicky Hurst in 37 holes and become the second-youngest winner in the 58-year history of the event. Shin, of Torrance, Calif., is 13 years, 9 months old. Aree Song Wongluekiet was 13 years, 3 months when she won in 1999.

U.S. Junior Amateur -- Philip Francis, 17, of Scottsdale, Ariz., defeated Canadian-born Richard Lee, 15, of Chandler, Ariz., 3 and 2, to win the title at Rancho Santa Fe (Calif.) Golf Club.

Off the course -- A package sent to the Texas home of golf legend Byron Nelson, 94, was detonated by a bomb squad after his wife and police believed the parcel looked suspicious. The contents turned out to include banners from the Masters and a letter, Roanoke Fire Department Chief Mike Duncan said. Duncan said nothing appeared criminal.

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