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Allred captures third place in Junior Worlds

SAN DIEGO ­ Ashland's Jason Allred fired three straight under-parrounds to finish third at the Junior World Championship golf tournamentthat ended Friday on the South course at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Along with the third place individual performance, Allred and partnerKevin Haefner of Pittsfield, N.Y., claimed the team title for the UnitedStates, after finishing with a two-under par total of 574 to beat a Japaneseteam by eight strokes.

Each country in the event selects two players to represent itself inthe team competition. Allred earned the honor after being the top Americanfinisher in the tournament last year with a sixth-place individual finish.

The 17-year-old Allred, who finished with a five-under par total, openedthe four-day event on Tuesday with an even-par round of 72. He then ralliedwith rounds of two-under 70, one-under 71 and another 70 to finish fourstrokes behind champion Kevin Stadler.

Stadler, a 17-year-old from Englewood, Colo., is the son of PGA tourplayer Craig Stadler. He fired a four-day total of 9-under par 279, to becomehalf of the first father-son duo to win the event.

Allred's round Friday consisted of birdies on holes 9, 15 and 16 anda lone bogey on 17. The 17th hole was the only green he missed in regulationof the final round on the 6,900 yard layout that annually hosts the PGATour's Buick Open.

I think he really played well, said Gene Allred, Jason'sfather. It was a really tough field.

South Africa's Trevor Immelman finished third with a 7-under par 281total.

Last week the 17-year-old Immelman finished second in the British Amateur,just missing an invitation to the British Open at Troon, Scotland.

Allred, who will return to Ashland High School this fall after spendinglast year in Palm Springs, Calif., will next play in the U.S. Junior Championshipsthat start Tuesday at Aronimink Golf Course just outside of Philadelphia.