McLeod Wins Mexican Golf Federation Open

Puerto Vallarta, MEX
El Tigre Golf and Country Club
Kraig McLeod, Pebble Beach, Ca.
Once the eagle had landed, Kraig McLeod was in control.
McLeod holed a 10-foot eagle putt on the 14th hole and went on to a two-stroke victory in the 2010 Mexican Golf Federation Open at El Tigre Golf and Country Club at the Riviera Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
“I hit a big drive, and the downwind was perfect for a six-iron which left it 10 feet from the hole,” said McLeod, a 16-year-old from Pebble Beach who will be a junior at Carmel High. “Then I hit (the putt) right in the heart.”
McLeod claimed his second American Junior Golf Association victory by posting a score of 73-72-71–216, even par. His previous victory came in the 2008 Junior All-Star at Lubbock, Texas.
Christopher Macasaet of Sacramento shot 72-73-73–218 and tied for second with Patrick Sanchez of Mexico, who finished at 72-73-73–218.
Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills totaled 73-70-76–219 and tied for fourth with Sam Chun of Howey in the Hills, Fla., who wound up at 73-71-75–219, and Domenico Geminiani of Bradenton, Fla., who finished at 69-76-74–219.
Brock Drogosch of Westlake Village was seventh at 75-71-74–220, while Carlos Pena of Mission, Texas, carded a score of 74-75-73–222 and tied for eighth with Jay Kim of Canada, who came in at 75-72-75–222.
Carlos Kim of Chula Vista shot 74-74-75–223 and tied for 10th with Jack McKinney of Big Bend, Wis., who wound up at 76-73-74–223, and Bruno Azcue of Mexico, who finished at 75-72-76–223.
Shotaro Ban of San Jose tied for 13th at 74-74-76–224, Shearn Chua of Beaumont tied for 21st at 80-74-76–230, and Even McLeod of Pebble Beach finished 23rd at 76-72-83–231.
In the Girls’ Division, Ana Ruiz of Mexico survived a double-bogey seven on the final hole of regulation to win a playoff over Ana Laura Gomez, also of Mexico.
“Throughout the playoff, I felt a little pressure, but controlling the pressure is key,” the 14-year-old Ruiz said. “I’m at home here in Mexico, so knowing that made me feel more comfortable.”
Ruiz posted a score of 71-76-79–226, while Gomez finished at 77-76-73–226.
Robynn Ree of Redondo Beach was third at 78-74-76–228, while Viviana Vazquez of Mexico totaled 80-73-76–229 and tied for fourth with Daniela Ortiz, also of Mexico, who wound up at 79-76-74–229.
Giovana Maymon of Mexico finished sixth at 80-74-76–230, followed by Regina Plasencia of Mexico at 81-71-79–231, Ana Paula Valdes of Mexico at 81-78-76–235,  Catherine Herrera of Houston, Texas, at 79-82-75–236, and Maggie Neece of Colleyville, Texas, at 76-82-79–237.
Victoria Nguyen of Santa Ana was 11th at 81-81-77–239, Natalie Hare of Scottsdale, Ariz., tied for 16th at 84-84-80–248, and Sara Scarlett of Woodland finished 18th at 78-87-84–249.

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