Macon's Russell Henley and his United States teammates improved their score today, but couldn't move up in the World Junior Golf Team Championship in Toyota City, Japan. Henley, a former Stratford Academy standout who will play this fall at Georgia, had a 1-over-par 72 to help the U.S. to a 1-over total of 214 in the second round.
The U.S. enters Thursday's final round over the 6,846-yard Chukyo Golf Club's Ishino Course at 430, 25 strokes behind leader Sweden. The Swedes had 204 today and held a five-stroke lead over defending champion Norway, which had 205 today.
Spencer Cole and Andrew Putnam led the U.S. with 71s, while Steven Ziegler joined Henley with a 72. The best three scores determine a team's total for each round for the 14-team affair.
Norway's Anders Kristiansen and Sweden's Jesper Kennegard shared the individual lead at 133. Kristiansen, who played in the the tournament last year, had 66 while Kennegard, the first-round leader, had 68. Mexico's Mauricio Azcue and Sweden's Pontus Widegren were a shot back. Azcue tied for the day's best round with 65 while Widegren had 66. Cole is the top U.S. individual at 140, which tied him for 13th while Henley was tied for 45th at 148.