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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Norway Grabs Lead in Rain-Soaked Third Round of 2006 Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship
Marius Thorp of Norway take comand of individual competition

TOYOTA CITY, Japan ? With a 9-under third round, Norway became the first team other than Sweden to lead the 2006 Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship at the Chukyo Golf Club Ishino Course in Toyota City, Aichi-Prefecture, Japan. Norway?s three-day total is now 622 (-26), three strokes ahead of the Swedes (-23). Japan fired a 7-under 209 to claim the third position at minus-21, which leads Chinese Taipei (-16) by five shots. Marius Thorp of Norway carded a third-round 65 to move to 12-under for the tournament, two lower than Sweden?s Bjorn Akesson and Naoto Nakanishi of Japan (-10).

Argentina and The Netherlands each fired 214 in the third round to remain tied for fifth (-9), a single stroke of two-time defending champion USA (-8). Canada (-3) and New Zealand (-2) rounded out the teams in the red while Colombia is sitting 10th at even par. England (+1), South Africa (+3), Korea and Venezuela (+6) and Mexico (+26) finish up the team standings.

Trailing the top three individual competitors are Sweden?s Jesper Kennegard and Tim Sluiter of The Netherlands at 9-under. Norway?s Anders Kristiansen sits in the sixth position at minus-8, a stroke in front of Chinese Taipei?s Pan Cheng-Tsung, Shunsuke Sonoda of Japan and America?s Kyle Stanley (-7). Alan Wagner rounded out the top 10 with a 6-under 210.

The other American competitors - Jordan Cox, Hudson Swafford and Alex Volpenhein - shot 75, 76 and 70, respectively. Volpenhein is now at even par for the tournament with a 216 which ties him for 24th, Cox is 5-over at 221 (T46) and Swafford is tied for 51st at 223 (+7).

The final round tees off Friday morning with the forecast calling for more rain.

2006 Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship
Third Round Results

Team Standings
1. Norway 207-208-207=622(-26)
2. Sweden 206-205-214=625(-23)
3. Japan 208-210-209=627(-21)
4. Chinese Taipei 211-205-216=632(-16)
T5. Argentina 215-210-214=639(-9)
T5. Netherlands 220-205-214=639(-9)
7. USA 216-209-215=640(-8)
8. Canada 216-213-216=645(-3)
9. New Zealand 219-215-212=646(-2)
10. Colombia 219-218-211=648(-)
11. England 220-208-221=649(+1)
12. South Africa 218-218-215=651(+3)
T13. Korea 213-219-222=654(+6)
T13. Venezuela 226-216-212=654(+6)
15. Mexico 223-228-223=674(+26)

Individual Standings
1. Marius Thorp, Norway 68-71-65=204(-12)
T2. Bjorn Akesson, Sweden 69-67-70=206(-10)
T2. Naoto Nakanishi, Japan 72-69-65=206(-10)
T4. Jesper Kennegard, Sweden 68-69-70=207(-9)
T4. Tim Sluiter, Netherlands 71-65-71=207(-9)
6. Anders Kristiansen, Norway 71-67-70=208(-8)
T7. Pan Cheng-Tsung, Chinese Taipei 72-68-69=209(-7)
T7. Shunsuke Sonoda, Japan 70-68-71=209(-7)
T7. Kyle Stanley, USA 70-69-70=209(-7)
10. Alan Wagner, Argentina 73-70-67=210(-6)

T24. Alex Volpenhein, USA 78-68-70=216(-)
T46. Jordan Cox, USA 71-75-75=221(+5)
T51. Hudson Swafford, USA 75-72-76=223(+7)