Bridget O’Keefe of Palo Alto captured the 14th annual Future Champions Girls National Championship by one stroke over Gracie Piar of East Alton, Ill., and Kana Kawamara of Japan at Singing Hills Resort in El Cajon.
The 16-year-old O’Keefe, who also won the 2019 JGANC Match Play Championship at San Ramon Golf Club, posted a score of 72-71—143, 1-under-par, while Piar finished at 69-75—144 and Kawamura wound up at 71-73—144.
O’Keefe, a junior at Palo Alto High, recorded 14 pars, a birdie and a bogey in the first 16 holes of the final round, before making a birdie on the 17th hole to take the lead and a par on the last to pull out the victory.
Annika Ishiyama of Costa Mesa was fourth at 73-72—145, followed by Jade Zamora of San Clemente at 76-73—149, while Jasmine Kahler of Carlsbad shot 78-72—150 to tie for sixth with Malia Cottriel of Costa Mesa, who totaled 77-73—150.
Esther Yoo of Sunland carded a score of 75-76—151 to tie for eighth with Taylor Riley of San Diego, who finished at 71-80—151, while Ann Buffolino of Burbank finished at 79-73—152 to tie for 10th with Natrada Pongsasin of Anaheim, who wound up at 74-78—152, and Lauren Pham of Las Vegas, who also came in a 74-78—152.
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