Gunn High's Zhou wins her fifth career AJGA golf title


Gunn High senior Anna Zhou of Palo Alto captured her fifth title of her career on the American Junior Golf Association tour with a wire-to-wire victory at the AJGA Junior at Serrano in El Dorado Hills.

Zhou followed up rounds of 68 (lowest of the tourney) and 73 with another 1-over 73 to finish with a 214 total.

Zhou noted it took some patience and she was able to pull from previous tournament experiences to leave Serrano Country Club with another win.

"Dealing with the pressure and getting myself back on my feet after a bad start was solely because of my experience in previous tournaments," said Zhou, who finished the back nine at 2-under-par 34. "On No. 14, I was able to make a putt for birdie and that really helped me finish strong."

Palo Alto junior Michelle Xie made a big move on the final day with a 69, tying for second-lowest of the tournament. That gave her a three-day effort of 76-79-69 for a 224 total, giving her sixth place.

In Romeoville, Ill., Naomi Lee of Menlo Park finished third in the girls' division at the AJGA's Midwest Junior Players Junior All-Star at Mistwood Golf Club.

Lee had rounds of 81-79-73 for a 233 total, 17 over par but just four shots behind the winner and one shot behind the runner-up.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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