Joe Monte, a 16-year-old from Chantilly, shot a course-record-tying 6-under-par 64 yesterday to take the first-round lead at the U.S. Junior Amateur in Longmeadow, Mass.
Monte, who will be a junior at Chantilly High, had an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys at Longmeadow Country Club to tie the course record shared by five players, including Bobby Jones.
Monte bogeyed the third hole, but rebounded with a short birdie putt on the par-3 fourth. At the 315-yard, par-4 No. 5, he nearly had a hole-in-one and made eagle. He added five more birdies in the round.
John Powers of Bowling Green, Ohio, Chris Carlin of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and 2004 runner-up David Chung of Fayetteville, N.C., were tied for second after opening 66s.
The 156-player field will be trimmed to the top 64 after the second round of stroke play today. Match play begins tomorrow, and the championship culminates with a 36-hole final Saturday. . . .
Tiger Woods's dominant British Open victory produced the highest overnight ratings for the tournament since 2000, the last time Woods won it.
ABC got a 5.0 rating with a 14 share for Sunday's final-round coverage of Woods's five-stroke victory at St. Andrews. It was a 9 percent improvement over last year's tournament, which was won by Todd Hamilton and got a 4.6 rating with a 13 share.
* SOFTBALL: In Oklahoma City, the U.S. softball team lost a tournament title game for the first time since 1997, falling, 3-1, to Japan in the championship of the inaugural World Cup of Softball.
The Americans, who won the gold medal at three straight Olympics, hadn't lost a title game since the final of the 1997 Superball in Ohio, which they lost 1-0 to Australia. It was also the second loss in a week for the U.S. team. The Americans dropped a 2-1 decision to Canada in their tournament opener, their first loss in international play since dropping a 6-1 decision to Japan at the U.S. Cup on July 4, 2002.
Mikiko Tanaka had a two-run single for Japan, the bronze medalist at the Athens Games, and Yukiko Ueno threw a three-hitter.
* PRO BASKETBALL: The Seattle SuperSonics hired Bob Weiss as coach yesterday, promoting the 11-year assistant who worked under former coaches George Karl, Paul Westphal and Nate McMillan.
This will be the fourth NBA head coaching job for the 63-year-old Weiss, who agreed to a three-year deal. He coached the San Antonio Spurs from 1986 to '88 (going 59-105), the Atlanta Hawks from 1990 to '93 (124-122) and the Los Angeles Clippers in 1993-94 (27-55).
"It was a simple decision," Sonics Chairman Howard Schultz said. "What Bob demonstrated to us privately was absolute unbridled enthusiasm." . . .
Miami Coach Stan Van Gundy said that he and Heat President Pat Riley met for 31/2 hours on Sunday, during which Van Gundy was assured that "I will be coaching the Miami Heat this coming season."
* CYCLING: Amy Gillett, an Olympic rower who became one of Australia's top women cyclists, died and five of her teammates were injured when a car hit them during a training ride in Germany. Gillett, 29, was killed yesterday when the driver of the car lost control and careened into six members of the Australian Institute of Sport's road cycling team near Zeulenroda, 50 miles south of Leipzig, Cycling Australia said in an e-mailed statement.
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