The 17th tee at the Lincoln Park Golf Course offers one of the most stunning views in the sport, with the both San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge in clear sight.
Not that Tiffany Lim took much time to soak it in Thursday. The 14-year-old San Jose resident sneaked a quick glance before smashing her drive onto the green 217 yards away, another superb shot in what became a championship-clinching round in the 79th San Francisco Junior Golf Tournament. Lim, playing in the 12- to 14-year-old division, fired a final-round 76 to beat Karina Valencia and Sasha Cruz of the 15- to 17-year-old bracket by five strokes to claim the overall title.
“I saw [the bridge] but I didn’t really take time to enjoy the scenery,” Lim said. “I was just focusing on one shot at a time, trying to make par.”
Valencia outlasted Cruz in a playoff to take second place overall and first in the 14-15 division. But while they were in the same foursome and could keep tabs on one another throughout their final round, Lim was left wondering how her competition was doing.
“I thought I had a chance, but I didn’t know how well the other girls were playing — they could have had a great round,” Lim said. “I’m really excited. I didn’t think I would do it.”
Lim was a picture of consistency throughout the two-day tournament, shooting back-to-back 76s and carding a 38 on both the front and back nine Thursday.
In girls’ 11-and-under division, Felicia Medalla won by 11 strokes after recording a 47 Thursday, finishing with a two-day total of 86. Each round was nine holes.
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