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College golf: Grimes takes fourth

Reigning state champion falters in Calif. finals

Posted: November 13, 2012 9:23 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2012 9:23 p.m.
 

Kris Grimes almost had a perfect finish to her College of the Canyons career.

The sophomore was leading the California Community College Athletic Association Women’s Golf State Championship headed into Tuesday’s final round.

It would have been her second straight state title and second consecutive tournament victory after she won the CCCAA Southern California Championship a week earlier.

But she hit a rough patch through the final four holes on Tuesday at the par-72 Temecula Creek Inn Resort in Temecula, and with that, her chances slipped away.

“She’s a very accomplished golfer and I would trust her with any situation,” said COC golf head coach Gary Peterson. “It just wasn’t her day.”

Grimes finished fourth overall with a two-day score of 154 after shooting a 75 on Monday and a 79 Tuesday. Her score was tied for third with Glendale’s Pattraporn Silawanna, but Grimes lost the tiebreaker, which compared the golfers’ cumulative back-9 scores.

Palomar College’s Taylor Crandall (148) was the individual champion.

Finishing in the top six still earned Grimes All-State honors, which caps off one of the most successful women’s golf careers in the school’s history.

Jenny Lee’s 2006 title marked the only other time a COC golfer won an individual state championship. COC also won a team title that year.

Tuesday’s round started off promising for Grimes, who graduated from St. Joseph High in Lakewood. She was 2-under through eight holes before pulling her drive on the ninth hole into a lateral hazard on the left.

That led to a double-bogey, which was followed by another double-bogey on the 10th.

Though she fought back to even par with back-to-back birdies on 13 and 14, she dropped a total of seven strokes on the final four holes of the tournament.

Grimes is considering multiple offers from four-year colleges, including one from San Diego State.

“She’s one heck of a golfer and frankly she’ll be impossible to replace,” Peterson said.

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