Pair fire 69s to share top spot

Sean Etow and Scotty Williams each shot 1-over 69 in the opening round of the 79th San Francisco Junior Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Lincoln Park Golf Course, leading all championship-flight qualifiers.

Etow will be the top seed as the first round of match play begins this morning after shooting 35 on the back nine, two strokes better than Williams. The back-nine score is the tiebreaker. Miguel Camitoc, last year’s runner-up, also qualified after posting a 72 on the par-68 course, tied for sixth.

Williams, an Orinda native who in 2005 won the 14- to 15-year-old age group, said he looks forward to the relatively rare opportunity to compete in match play.

“It’s one of the few tournaments you get to play match play and I love it,” Williams said. “I like that it’s you against another person rather than you against the course.”

Boys in the 16- and 17-year-old division and 14- and 15-year-old division who did not qualify for the championship flight will also compete in match play starting today. Boys in the 12-13, 10-11 and 9-and-under age groups, along with girls in the 15-17, 12-14 and 11-and-under divisions will all begin their stroke-play tournaments today.

All championships will be decided Thursday.

melliser@examiner.com


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