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Amateur golf: Robinson Ranch tough on the home crowd

Four local golfers struggle in junior tourney

Posted: August 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Valencia High sophomore Glen Lee watches his shot during the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series tournament at Robinson Ranch. Lee is tied for 25th after two days.

The last thing Valencia golfer Glen Lee wanted was a repeat of last year’s performance.

Then again, he didn’t anticipate hurting his wrist on the first day of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy Junior All-Star Series tournament at Robinson Ranch.

Lee continued to play after the injury on the 12th hole on Tuesday, but ended up shooting an 8-over 80 followed by a 73 on Wednesday to put him at 9-over for the tournament after two rounds.

He’s tied for 25th place.

At this point at the same tournament last year, Lee was one stroke better, but ended up shooting a final-round 85 and finished tied for 32nd. He hopes to avoid repeating that performance.

His plan?

“Try to hit the fairway, hit the greens and try to shoot under,” the Valencia sophomore said.

Three other locals are also in the field at Robinson Ranch.

West Ranch sophomore John McClafferty is 62nd after two days with a score of 23-over, while fellow Wildcat and incoming freshman Steven Moentmann is 67th at 28-over.

On the girls side, Hart High junior Jamie Corr was disqualified after Wednesday’s round after she mistakenly turned in an incorrect scorecard. Corr shot a 7-over 79 on the first day.

Of the four locals, only Lee had previously participated in this tournament, which is open to qualified American Junior Golf Association members ages 12-15.

Despite the setback on the opening day, Lee said he never considered dropping out.

“I hit a good shot but my club got stuck in the ground and my hands went forward,” Lee said of the shot that tweaked his wrist.

After that, Lee proceeded to card five straight bogeys to finish a rough back nine.

He went home, iced down his wrist, and posted one of the day’s top scores on Wednesday.

The final round will be played today, and competitors will be chasing Sahith Theegala, who sits at 5-under.


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