PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLORIDA | Smoky Hill High School’s Amisha Singh finished tied for 31st against an international field at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships, which concluded Friday.
The junior-to-be carded her best of three rounds at the PGA National Resort & Spa in the final round of the girls 13-14 tournament, as she turned in a 6-over-par 78 performance that helped her easily finish as the top qualifier among the three from Colorado in the 54-player field.
Singh’s final round including 10 pars plus a single birdie — on the par-4 Hole No. 8 on the Fazio Course — and she didn’t have anything worse than a bogey to put the finish touches on a tournament that saw her finish with a three-day total of a plus-22 238.
Wednesday’s opening round saw Singh fire a 79, while she followed that up with an 81 in the second round. She made three birdies in the second round, but a triple bogey on the par-5 opening hole put her in a spot top begin things.
Colorado’s other two qualifiers in the age group, Grand Junction’s Brittlynn O’Dell and Castle Rock’s Katie Berrian, finished six and 11 strokes behind Singh, respectively.
The girls 13-14 individual championship came down to a sudden victory playoff between Thailand’s Kan Bunnabodee and Argentina’s Augustina Gomez Cisterna, who were deadlocked at the conclusion of the third round. Gomez Cisterna birdied the par-5 Hole No. 1 to earn the victory.
Two other players from Aurora schools — Regis Jesuit grad Mary Weinstein and senior-to-be Jaclyn Murray — arrive to compete in the girls 15-18 Optimist International tournament that begins on Aug. 1.
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OPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Girls 13-14 age group, July 27-29 at PGA National Resort & Spa
Top 10 individuals (par 216): T1. Ages Gomez Cisterna (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 68-71-74 (won in playoff); T1. Kan Bunnabodee (Sriracha, Thailand), 75-71-67 — 213; 3. Grace Kyung Lee (Honolulu, Hawaii) 72-74-75 — 221; T4. Ma Martinez Almeid (Alvarado, Mexico) 75-78-69 — 222; T4. Mar Moreno Sanabria (Chia, Columbia) 72-73-77 — 222; T6. Giovanna Fernandez (Asuncion, Paraguay) 71-74-79 — 224; T6. Estefania Hurtado (Medellin, Colombia) 76-75-73 — 224; T6. Valetina Origel (Irapuato, Mexico) 80-72-72 — 224; T9. Bailey Dunstan (Little Rock, Arkansas) 77-74-74 — 225; T9. Manuel Gomez Garcia (Medellin, Colombia) 78-74-73 — 225; T9. Madison Tenore (Destin, Florida) 74-72-79 — 225
Colorado individuals: T31. AMISHA SINGH (GREENWOOD VILLAGE) 79-81-78 — 238; T40. Brittlynn O’Dell (Grand Junction) 85-77-82 — 244; 44. Katie Berrian (Castle Rock) 80-82-87 — 249