Macon's Russell Henley and his United States teammates had their best day of the World Junior Golf Team Championship today to move up two spots toninth entering Friday's final round.
Henley, a former Stratford Academy standout who will play this fall at Georgia, had a 1-under par 70 as the U.S. posted a team total of 4-under 209. The U.S., which finished sixth last year after winning the event the previous two years, had a 54-hole total of 639 to trail leader Sweden by 23 strokes.
The Swedes were only a stroke ahead of defending champion Norway after three trips over the 6,846-yard Chukyo Golf Club's Ishino Course in Toyota City, Japan. Andrew Putnam led the U.S. move up the standings in the 14-team affair with a day's-best score of 65, which also tied the low for the tournament. Putnam's effort tied him for eighth among individuals at 208.
Steven Ziegler followed Henley with 74 while Spencer Cole, who had posted the best score among the U.S. players in the first two rounds had 75. The best three scores determine a team's total for each round.
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Norway's Anders Kristiansen had 67 to take sole possession of the individual lead at 200. Sweden's Jesper Kennegard, who shared the lead with Kristiansenentering Thursday's play, was two strokes back after a 69.
Henley's best round of the tournament moved him from a tie for 45th into a tie for 38th.