Girls Golf: Smoky Hill’s Singh ties for 31st to top Colorado players in girls 13-14 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships

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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.

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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.

Smoky Hill High School Amisha Singh tees off on hole 17 on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at CommonGround Golf Course. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Smoky Hill sophomore-to-be Amisha Singh shot a 6-over-par 78 in the third and final round at the girls 13-14 Optimist International Junior Golf Championship tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

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.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

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