Palo Alto golfers have work to do in national junior events


Palo Alto sophomore Ahmed Ali and Gunn senior Anna Zhou left themselves a lot of work to do following the opening round of their respective national golf tournaments on Monday.

In Bluffton, S.C., Ali shot a 2-over-par 74 and was tied for 40th following the opening round of the U.S. Junior Amateur at the 7,150-yard Colleton River Plantation Club, Bluffton, S.C.

Ali made two bogeys on the front nine and finished with a 38. He had a birdie on the 557-yard, par 5 11th, but registered a double-bogey on the 12th hole, a 428-yard par 4.

In Tulsa, Okla., Zhou shot a 5-over 75 and was tied for 119th at the U.S. Girls' Junior at the 6,076-yard Tulsa Country Club.

Zhou recorded a double-bogey 6 on the first hole and shot 2-over 37 on the front nine. She had three bogeys on the second nine and finished with no birdies.

Both tournaments run through Friday.

At a US Amateur Qualifying tourney at Bayonet Golf Club in Seaside, Bradley Knox of Menlo Park came up short on Monday as he fired rounds of 70-72-142. That left him three shots behind the final qualifier for the US Amateur Championships on Aug. 17-23 at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

Stanford teammate Viraat Badhwar shot 76-69-145. Menlo School grad Andrew Buchanan shot 71-78-149, Dakota McNealy of Portola Valley carded 77-75-152 and John Foley of Los Altos Hills finished 78-75-153.

At another US Amateur qualifier last week in Santa Rosa, Palo Alto's Henry Hughes (71-73-144) and Kevin Blue (70-74-144) each shot even-par golf but missed the three-player cut of 137. Taylor Oliver of Menlo Park shot 75-72-147.

In Turlock, Andy Zhou of Palo Alto shot 75-81-156 and was well back of the cut of 136 as three players advanced with that score.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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