NAPLES - Peter Dachisen of Wesley Chapel shot 4-under-par 68 Thursday and leads the field of 168 in the 87th Florida State Amateur Championship. He shot 1-under-par 35 on the front nine, which included a birdie on No. 8 at the Bonita Bay East Cypress course. Dachisen, who finished second last year at the Mid-Amateur Championship, also posted birdies at Nos. 12, 15 and 17.
Three players were at 69: Plantation's Paul Melson, Orlando's Garrett Runion and Lake Alford's Joshua Anderson.
A total of 23 finished at par or better. Defending champion Richard Maddox of Panama City shot 73.
A tournament that started in 1914, the Amateur is the oldest continuous sporting event in the state as well as the largest event in Florida.
Past champions include Bob Murphy, Jerry Pate, Buddy Alexander, and PGA Tour players David Peoples, Chris Couch and Barry Cheesman.
ROLEX JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot a final-round 7-under 65 in the tournament at LPGA International in Daytona Beach to finished tied for second with 6-under 210. Lincicome's first two rounds were 71-74.
She tied with Morgan Pressel of Boca Raton. Julieta Granda of Paraguay won with a tournament record 15-under 201 among a field of 72 invited girls. Granada shattered the tournament-low 18- and 54-hole scoring records held by Aree Song at 67 and 206, respectively.
Lincicome's next tournament is the USGA's Women's Open in South Hadley, Mass., July 1-4.
NEW DEAL FOR ESPN: ESPN completed a four-year extension with the United States Golf Association that will keep the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and the U.S. Senior Open on the network through 2008. ESPN has televised USGA championships since 1982.
The 2003 U.S. Open was ESPN's highest-rated and most-viewed golf event last year, earning a 2.4 rating and 2,038,000 household impressions.
- Times correspondent Dave Theall contributed to this report.