It must be that at that age they don't yet know how difficult the game is. How else do you explain (talent notwithstanding) how Mariko Tumangan of Presentation High shot a 10-under par 62 on the East Course at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel, Calif., to win the California Interscholastic Federation-Central Coast Section for the second straight year?
Tumangan had six birdies and back-to-back eagles, one of them when she drove to the fringe of the green on the 277-yard, par-4 11th hole, then made a 35-foot putt. She had no bogeys on the 5,278-yard layout to win by seven strokes. Among CIF-CCS past champions is Christina Kim, who now is on the LPGA.
Last July, Tumangan, then 15, qualified for and played in the U.S. Women's Open.
-- John Strege