Miguel Camitoc was shaking his head in the clubhouse Tuesday after struggling with his putting stroke during the qualifying round of the 79th San Francisco Junior Golf Tournament, briefly wondering if his 72 would be good enough to make the championship flight cut.
Now, last year’s runner-up has re-emerged as perhaps the favorite to capture the prestigious match-play championship after defeating two top opponents Wednesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course.
The Hayward resident knocked off Bjorn Kallerud 3 and 2 in the morning before beating Sean Etow (who shot a 69 Tuesday and was the co-medalist entering match play) 5 and 4 in the afternoon. This morning, Camitoc will face John Hasse in one semifinal while Matthew Seramin battles Kei Kita in the other, with both matches beginning at 7:24. The winners will square off at 11:45 a.m. for the championship.
On the girls’ side, Karina Valencia carded a 76 to claim a one shot lead over both Sasha Cruz and Jari-Lee Tolentino entering Thursday’s final round. Catherine Chan, Marissa Gutierrez and Yukari Shichishima are also still in close contention, just five shots back. Patrick Soli shot a 72 to take the lead in the 12- and 13-year-old boys group, while Tiffany Lim carded a 76 to earn the advantage in the girls’ 12- to 14-year-old bracket.
All divisions will compete for the championship today.
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