Song Claims 59th California Jr. Amateur

Taehoon Song of Buena Park captured the 59th California State Junior Championship by two strokes over Curtis Ayres of Visalia at the Country Club of Soboba Springs in San Jacinto.

The 17-year-old Song, who earlier this year won the AJGA Junior at Yolo Fliers, bounced back from a double-bogey 6 on the second hole of round two by carding seven birdies the rest of the way while recording a score of 67-67—134, 10-under-par.

Song, who has committed to the University of Washington, joined a champions list that includes Scott Simpson, Jerry Heard, John Cook, Bobby Clampett, Spencer Levin, Pat Perez, Rickie Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau.

Ayres finished in second at 69-67—136, while Francis Catalano of Camarillo shot 69-69—138 to tie for and Jack Smyth of Tustin, who finished at 67-71—138.

Garrett Boe of Clovis was fifth at 70-69—139, while Alexander Gibalevich of Studio City shot 71-69—140 to tie for sixth with Ryan Hartanto of San Diego, who wound up at 66-74—140.

You Seong Choi of Hacienda Heights finished eighth at 73-68—141, while Krishan Patel of San Jose posted a score of 74-68—142 to tie for ninth with Darren Chiu of Oak Park, who came in at 72-70—142.

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