Monterey Peninsula CC
June 24-27, 2013
June 27, 2013
PEBBLE BEACH – Kathleen Scavo accomplished a feat on Thursday that hadn’t been done in four decades: Winning the CWAC State Junior Championship in back-to-back years.
Scavo defeated Michelle Xie of Palo Alto 6-and-5 in a match that never looked to be in doubt. Winning the first hole with a par, the Benecia resident upped her lead to 4-up through eight holes by winning Nos. 5, 7 and 8 with two pars and a birdie.
“I think it was an advantage to get my momentum flowing and get my confidence I needed throughout the match,” said Scavo of her quick start.
Xie looked like she might make run when she birdied the par-5 ninth to cut Scavo’s lead to 3 up, but the defending champion answered with back-to-back birdies on the par-3 10th and par-4 11th to go 5 up with seven to play. After halving the 12th hole with bogeys, Scavo closed out the match on the par-5 13th hole with a birdie. Just short of the green in two, the junior-to-be at Justin Siena HS nearly holed out for eagle, forcing Xie to need to make her 15-foot birdie putt to extend the match, which slid by the hole.
Scavo, who won the event as a 14-year-old in 2012, got the week started by taking medalist honors firing a qualifying round of 75 on the Dunes course. She then won her five matches over 78 holes, only having to see the 18th hole once in her five matches.
“I wasn’t expecting to defend my title, but it ended up happening,” said Scavo. “This year I was just going into the event with a positive attitude to play my best.”
HELEN LENGFELD DIVISION: In the Helen Lengfeld division, the final match between Nancy Xu and Felicia Medalla was much more competitive needing an extra hole to decide the winner.
Neither player captured a lead greater than 1 up for the entire match, with Medalla holding a 1-up lead for three total holes and Xu holding a 1-up lead for all of two holes. After a seesaw front-nine Xu re-squared the match with a birdie on the 10th hole. Then something quite remarkable happened as the two players halved the next eight holes with seven pars and a birdie.
On the 19th hole, it once again looked as if another halve was right around the corner. With both players leaving their approach shots short, both looked to have manageable up-and-downs. With Medalla going first, from short and left of the green, she chipped up to about two-and-half feet for a likely par. Then Xu, who was short and right of the green, chipped her ball, which inched toward the hole slowly—looking like it would be short—before falling in for the birdie and the win.