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Faith Low of San Mateo lost her lead by starting the final round with double bogey-bogey, but rallied to win the 16th Northern California Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship by five strokes over Miranda Wang of Pleasanton at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
The 16-year-old Low, who will be a junior at Futures Academy, carded a score of 70-72—142, 2-under-par, while Wang, who had the last part of her senior season at Duke wiped out by the Coronavirus pandemic, finished at 72-75—147.
“I just started focusing on the scenery, just to calm myself down,” Low said of her shaky start. “I was extremely nervous. I just needed to settle down. Coming in down the stretch, I was just trying to avoid any mistakes. The course was in wonderful shape.
“I’m very relieved and proud to have won. I’ve been working hard on my game. It’s nice to see results.”
Low, who also won the 2019 AJGA Junior at San Jose, made three birdies on the next nine holes to regain the lead for good, and after bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes she finished strong with birdies on the 15th and 18th holes.
Kaleiya Romero of San Jose and Pepperdine was third at 74-74—148, while Sienna Lyford of Roseville and UC Irvine shot 76-73—149 to tie for fourth with Jacqueline Lucena of Chico and UC Davis, who finished at 75-74—149, while Jaime Jacob of Encinitas and Cal State San Marcos was sixth at 76-74—150, followed by Katherine Zhu of China and Pepperdine at 77-74—151.
Caris Kim of Los Altos and Princeton totaled 80-72—152 to tie for eight with Kiara Romero of San Jose, who wound up at 79-73—152, Lexi Perry of El Dorado Hills and Boise State, who finished at 76-76—152, and Kristen Simonsen of Norway and Fresno State, who came in at 75-77—152.
Marianne Towersey of Pebble Beach claimed the Senior Women’s title for the third time, also having won in 2007 and 2012.
This time, Towersey prevailed in a scorecard playoff after carding a score of 79-72—151, edging Itsuko Moridaira of Green Valley, who finished at 76-75—151.
Sally Krueger of San Francisco was third at 79-74—153, while Eva Monisteri of San Mateo shot 80-77—157 to tie for fourth with Karen Garcia of Cool, who finished at 79-78—157.
Juvy Timan of Watsonville was sixth at 84-78—162, followed by Karen Munro of Monterey at 84-79—163, Melissa Spencer of San Jose at 83-81—164 and Angela Freiderich of Rancho Murietta at 86-79—165.
Lydia Shell of Danville totaled 86-80—166 to tie for 10th with Julie Wirth of Moraga, who came in at 80-86—166.
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