Golf: Griffin tops Colorado players at Optimist International Junior Golf Championships


Eaglecrest High School senior-to-be Jamie Griffin missed the cut after three rounds of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, but she was the top Colorado player in the girls 15-18 age group.

In three rounds at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Griffin finished with a total score of 29-over-par 245, which put her 59th in a field of 122 golfers from around the world.

After she carded an opening round of 78 on July 26, Griffin followed that with an 86 on July 27 and turned in an 81 on July 28, which wasn’t quite enough to get her in the top 35 that played in Sunday’s final round. Griffin didn’t record a birdie in the second round, but she came up with two of them in her last round and made a par on the par-4 hole No. 12 on the Squire Course, which she’d taken a 7 on the previous day.

Griffin also was a finalist in the girls longest drive competition.

Colorado’s next-best finisher was two strokes behind Griffin, as Boulder’s Kelly Moran checked in with a plus-31 247. Thornton’s Sarah Hankins finished at a plus-33 249, Boulder’s Jordan Sunset came in at plus-41 257 and Denver’s Alexandria Trask totaled a plus-53 269.

Besides a lot of qualifiers from other states, the international field included players from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand and Venezuela. Two of Griffin’s playing partners in the first round — Carly Ray Goldstein of Coral Springs, Fla. and Victoria Chandra of Denpasar-Bali, Indonesia — finished in the top eight.

Marcella Pranovia of Santa Ana, Calif., ran away with the title in the age group, finishing at a plus-5 293, six strokes ahead of five other players.

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