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June 19 2010

2:29 AM

Henley, Langley battle for low am

The recent NCAA champion and the man who won the Fred Haskins Award earlier this week will battle for low amateur honors at Pebble Beach.

Illinois’ Scott Langley, who won the individual NCAA crown, has the edge at 2 over and in a tie for 13th. He fired a 69 on Friday and moved 53 spots on the leaderboard.

Georgia’s Russell Henley is 5 over for the tournament and tied for 39th. He shot a 74 in the second round.

“Low am obviously would be cool,” Langley said. “I’ve got two more rounds to go. Russell’s playing great so we’re going to have a fun battle for it. I’m just going to go out and try and play my best this weekend.”

Langley, who teamed with Dana Quigley to win the Home Care and Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in 2006, said he has embraced the challenge this week.,

“I think it’s fun playing in front of crowds like this and people are cheering for you,” Langley said. “I think it helps having people give you words of encouragement at every hole, almost. I had a blast today.

“I’m just going to try and keep having fun this weekend. Obviously the course is difficult, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be, and I’m looking forward to tackling it the next couple of days.” – Helen Ross

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