PUTTING WOES FUSTRATE GOLFERS

June 25, 2002 12:00 am

CORVALLIS — Adam Porzak, 15, of Poway, Calif., a member of the USA Junior Ryder Cup team, recorded two birdies and two bogeys for an even-par round in the boys' 13-15 division at the fifth event of the 2002 PGA Junior Series at the Trysting Tree Golf Club Monday.

Porzak leads by two strokes Chris Contino of Bend and Ryan Kelley of Phoenix, Ariz., who each shot 74

Porzak began his round with a chip-in for birdie on the par-4 first hole, however when the junior golf prodigy reached the fourth hole, there was a succession of missed birdie putts.

"I didn't hit a single bad putt all day," said Porzak, who failed to three-putt through the first round.

Porzak had 15 birdie opportunities, yet failed to convert 13. Porzak, a past PGA Junior Series Champion, missed five birdie putts in a row beginning on the fourth.

In the boys' 16-17 division, there is a two-way tie for first place among the Oregonians making appearances in the coast-to-coast junior event. Jonathan Green, 17, of Sisters and Mitch Berg, 17, of Gresham each recorded 69s for a four-stroke lead over Ryan Nielson of Nampa, Idaho, and Ted Whitney of Eugene.

Green collected four birdies in his single bogey round, while hitting 10-of-14 fairways and 14 greens in regulation.

Berg managed a chip-in on the par-4 third hole, and recorded a 32 on the front nine. Berg was also able to convert six chip shots into pars throughout his round.

La Grande's Todd McAndie shot a 76 and Tyler Tucker had a 79 in the boys' 16-17 division.