Originally created 08/20/04

Georgia Southern golfer can't hold big lead, falls to Moore



MAMARONECK, N.Y. - Georgia Southern golfer Aron Price was poised to score the biggest upset of the U.S. Amateur on Thursday, then saw it all slip away.

Price, who won his second-round match earlier in the day 2 and 1 over Aiken's Kevin Kisner, led NCAA champion Ryan Moore by three holes with five to play in the third round, but faded down the stretch and lost 1-up.

Moore, the top-seeded player who also has wins in the U.S. Amateur Public Links and Western Amateur this year, won when Price finished with two double bogeys and three bogeys at Winged Foot Golf Club's West Course.

"Today was a gift, not a win," the 21-year-old Moore said.

"I didn't feel nervous at all - not all day," said Price, a senior who is from Sydney, Australia. "That's why it is just stupid. That's why I am so frustrated. I got fooled by the wind coming in and lost my concentration a bit."

NEC INVITATIONAL: Free from the burden of trying to make the Ryder Cup team, Stewart Cink looked at ease on a marathon day at the World Golf Championship event in Akron, Ohio, that ended with his name atop the leaderboard.

Three days after he was a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup, Cink made five birdies on his first 10 holes on soggy Firestone South to lead by one shot over Rod Pampling when the rain-delayed first round was suspended by darkness.

Cink is 5-under for his round through 10 holes.

With a five-hour delay at the start and another hour late in the afternoon, only 16 players in the 76-man field finished their round. The rest will return at 7:30 this morning.

Pampling is 4-under through 12 holes.

RENO-TAHOE OPEN: In Reno, Nev., rookie Roland Thatcher shot 6-under-par 66 to take the early first-round lead at the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.

Thatcher, in his first season on the tour after starring at Auburn, birdied his first four holes and six of his first eight in the $3 million tournament.

Mark Wiebe shot 67 and Corey Pavin was in a group of players another shot back at 68.

WENDY'S CHAMPIONSHIP: In Dublin, Ohio, Kristi Albers had a hole-in-one on the 17th hole and shot 5-under-par 67 for a share of the lead with defending champion Hee-Won Han in the rain-delayed LPGA Tour event.

A violent storm rocked Tartan Fields Golf Club late in the day after half of the 144-player field had completed the first round.

Michelle Wie, the 14-year-old amateur, is 3-over through 10 holes.