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Hail suspends play at CIF/SCGA tourney

Holen gets through five holes; will continue today

Posted: June 3, 2009 10:35 p.m.
Updated: June 4, 2009 4:55 a.m.

J.J. Holen swings a fairway wood on the 13th hole at the SCGA Golf Course Wednesday in Murieta.

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West Ranch golfer J.J. Holen spent an unexpected night at Temecula’s Holiday Inn.

And he is thankful for the opportunity.

The sophomore was five holes deep into the CIF/SCGA Tournament Wednesday at SCGA members Club in Temecula before it started hailing.

The weather suspended the tournament until today.

It may have been good news for Holen, who is at 2-over after five holes.

“From the way I started, I probably could have turned it around, but it wasn’t the round I needed to move forward,” Holen said. “I look at it as a 13-hole match now, not 18 holes.”

Those who make the cut will move on to the June 10 CIF State Final at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

It is expected that 24 players will move on to the CIF State Final. Eighteen of those spots are reserved for the top three teams in the CIF/SCGA Tournament.

The tournament is both team and individual.

Mario Clemens of Beverly Hills High is the early individual leader at 4-under after five holes.

Holen said he was struggling again with his distance, which could mean he is tiring as the season goes on.

He said that may be the case, but his putting was also off Wednesday.

Holen started on 12 and bogeyed 13.

He three-putted on 15 for bogey.

“All my shots I was leaving in the wrong spot,” Holen said. “I was putting downhill instead of uphill.”

Holen will resume play on No. 17, putting for par.

“Since it’s just a one-day event, it’s a sprint,” Holen said. “I need to play aggressive, but smart. I need to know what pins to go for.”

cosborne@the-signal.com

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