Gunn freshman Anna Zhou capped a sensational first season by tying for sixth at the CIF NCGA Girls State High School Championships on Tuesday at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
The 5-foot-9 1/2 Zhou shot a 3-over par 75 on the par-72 layout that played at 6,066 yards. She was only four shots behind Sarah Cho of Torrey Pines and Cha Cha Willhoite of Palm Desert. Both shot 1-under 71, with Cho winning the state title on the second playoff hole.
Two players shot even-par 72 and one, Kathleen Scavo of Justin-Siena in Napa, came in at 74. Zhou tied with Samantha Martin or Torrance. Zhou was the No. 2 NorCal finisher behind Scavo and the top finisher from the Central Coast Section.
CCS champ Hannah Suh of Evergreen Valley shot 78 and tied for 22nd.
Zhou was even par after two holes, but suffered a bogey-5 on the 364-yard par-4 third. She dropped another stroke on the 351-yard, par-4 seventh, birdies the 348-yard, par-4 eighth but bogeyed the 490-yard par-5 ninth to finish with a 2-over 38 on the front nine.
On the back nine, Zhou had three bogeys and two birdies while shooting a 1-over 37. She finished her first trip to the state finals with three birdies, nine pars and six bogeys while playing the par-5s at 2-over.
Zhou became the first Gunn girl golfer to play in the state finals after tying for second at the NorCal finals last week at Stanford Golf Course. She shot 72 that day.
In other prep golf news, Menlo School junior Andrew Buchanan has given his verbal commitment to play golf at Southern Methodist University. Buchanan helped the boys' golf team (10-0) to a West Bay Athletic League championship last spring and a CCS scholastic title. He played in five AJGA events over the summer, placing in the top 20 in all, including a victory in a junior open in Stockton.