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TEXAS’ LEONARD UP BY 1 SHOT AT NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

SHARE TEXAS’ LEONARD UP BY 1 SHOT AT NCAA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

Justin Leonard of Texas took advantage of ideal scoring conditions and hometown support to shoot a career-best 63 Friday and take a one-shot lead in the NCAA golf championships.

Leonard has a 54-hole total of 202. Oklahoma State's Alan Bratton is second at 203 after shooting a 66 Friday.Mikko Rantanen of Georgia Tech is at 205, while teammate Stewart Cink and three others are two strokes further back. Also at 207 is Stanford's Notah Begay III, defending champion Todd Demsey of Arizona State and Clemson's Mark Swygert. Demsey and Swygert shot 65s Friday under almost calm conditions.

Begay, who shared the second-round lead with Rantanen after Begay shot an NCAA record 10-under 62, struggled with his putter and faded to 73 Friday.

The team title is also very much in doubt, with six teams within six strokes of the lead.

Stanford and Georgia Tech enter today's final round over the par-72 Stonebridge Country Club course north of Dallas tied at 847, two shots better than Arkansas, top-seeded Oklahoma State and defending champion Florida.

Texas is also in contention at 853, paced by Leonard, who fired a blistering 29 on the front nine with birdies on the opening five holes and seven of the first nine.