PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA | Regis Jesuit graduate Mary Weinstein proved she was the best prep golfer in Class 5A in Colorado this spring by winning the individual state championship.
She can also be considered one of the best in the world in her age group after her performance in the girls 15-18 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, which featured a field of talented qualifiers from across the globe who assembled at the PGA National Resort & Spa.
In Thursday’s final round, Weinstein fired a 3-under-par 69 to tie for the best score of the day among the 36 players who survived the cut after three rounds and the Regis University signee lifted herself into a tie for fifth place overall, just four strokes off the lead. Weinstein’s former Regis Jesuit teammate, Jaclyn Murray, shot a 74 in the final round to tie for 24th.
Weinstein shot a 75 Wednesday on the Fazio Course and found herself on the same course in the final round, where she carved six strokes off her score from the previous day. In her previous round, she had four bogeys and just one birdie, but in the finale she carded four girls — three of them on par-4 holes and one on a par-5 — and made bogey on just one hole.
The 69 for Weinstein matched the performance of Amy Matsouka of Newport Beach, Calif., who won the girls 15-18 championship in a sudden death playoff hole after she finished in a tie with Ana La Collado Diaz of Jalapa, Mexico. Weinstein shot 77 in the first round and 75 in the second round and finished with a total of a plus-5 293 over four days, while Matsouka and Diaz finished atop the field at 289.
Murray, a senior-to-be at Regis Jesuit, also played on the Fazio Course and made par on her first nine holes until a double bogey on the par-4 Hole No. 10 put her 2-over. She alternated birdies and bogeys and parrs to come in with a 74.
Combined with rounds of 76. 76 and 77, Murray finished at 15-over 303 for the tournament.
Colorado’s other four qualifiers — Alexis Chan and Tabitha Diehl of Highlands Ranch, Denver’s Julia Baroth and Carly Gallant of Louisville — missed the cut after three rounds.
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GIRLS 15-18 OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JR. GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aug. 1-4, 2016, at PGA National Resort & Spa
Top 10 individuals (par 72-72-72-72 — 288): T1. Amy Matsuoka (Newport Beach, Calif.) 76-72-72-69 — 289 (won in playoff); T1. Ana La Collado Diaz (Jalapa, Mexico) 76-71-72-70 — 289; 3. Marissa Balish (Allison Park, Pa.) 72-76-72-71 — 291; 4. Hannah Thiele (Wahoo, Neb.) 75-70-74-73 — 292; T5. MARY WEINSTEIN (HIGHLANDS RANCH) 77-72-75-69 — 293; T5. Lissette Davalos (Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Mexico) 73-76-69-75 — 293; T5. Laura Edmonds (Pilar, Argentina) 73-74-73-73 — 293; T8. Maria Fer Escauriza (Asuncion, Paraguay) 74-75-74-71 — 294; T8. Keerattr Foocharoen (Bangkok, Thailand) 75-69-76-74 — 294; T10. Yae Eun Kim (Santiago, Dominican Republic) 69-73-78-75 — 295; T10. My Nguyen (Hanoi, Vietnam) 72-75-71-77 — 295; T10. Elizabeth Nguyen (Pinehurst, N.C.) 69-77-73-76 — 295
Other Colorado results: T24. JACLYN MURRAY (GRAND JUNCTION) 76-76-77-74 — 303; (missed cut): Julia Baroth (Denver) 82-74-80; Alexis Chan (Highlands Ranch) 80-82-84; Tabitha Diehl (Highlands Ranch) 84-81-84; Carly Gallant (Louisville) 90-79-86