Contending for a crown |

Contending for a crown

Grass Valley’s own Erik Flores continued to make a name for himself on the national junior golf scene this week, while competing in the Rolex Tournament of Champions in Sunriver, Ore.

After three rounds of play, Flores is currently in a four-way tie for ninth place after totaling a 215. Jamie Lovemark, a high school junior from Rancho Santa Fe, leads with a 207.

Flores, a Nevada Union High School senior and Alta Sierra Country Club member, opened third-round action in a tie for third place after he followed up his first round 74 by shooting a 67 on day two, which included six birdies and one bogey. Flores finished with a 74 on Thursday, after scoring three birdies and four bogeys.

Lovemark was the only player beginning the day in the top 10 to improve his score. His 67 on Thursday was preceded by back-to-back 70s on days one and two.

The Rolex Tournament of Champions is a 72-hole stroke play event conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. The field was cut after two days to the low 57 boys and low 21 girls competing. The tournament featured 150 boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 32 states and seven foreign countries.

The 2004 Rolex Tournament of Champions features 49 Rolex Junior All-Americans and past champions include the likes of Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, David Gossett, Grace Park and Beth Bauer.

The final round of play begins at 7 a.m. today at Sunriver Resort’s Crosswater Course.

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