Kendall Cripe of Tracy knew she had a good round of golf Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Tracy Golf and Country Club, but she was still surprised that her score put her among the best junior college golfers in the state.
Cripe, a sophomore at San Joaquin Delta College, shot 78 on the par-73 course in the second round of the California Community Colleges Athletic Association women’s championship tournament, which was good enough to make her a state medalist.
Tuesday’s performance made up for her score of 83 in the first round Monday, Nov. 18, and her overall score of 161 put her in sixth place overall among 25 golfers.
“I’m kind of in shock, because I didn’t think I’d do that well,” Cripe said.
She initially worried that an errant shot on the first hole might have ruined her chance for a medal, but she stayed focused for the rest of the round.
“I made better swings and better putts,” she said. “I felt like I played better overall.”
Cripe, a 2012 graduate of Millennium High, is in her first year of college golf. Her average score of 81.9 during 12 Big 8 Conference tournaments earned her third place in the conference and a spot in the CCCAA Northern California championship tournament Nov. 11 and 12 at Fig Garden Golf Course in Fresno.
She placed 12th overall in Fresno and was the third of three at-large individuals who qualified for the state tournament.
Cripe felt that she had an advantage this week, playing on her hometown course, where she has worked in the pro shop for two years.
“It’s a little less intimidating, because I feel like I know it a little better, but because I know it better, everyone expects so much from me,” she said. “I try not to think about that. I just go out and play, because I know the course.”
Santa Barbara Community College won the team state title with a score of 646, and Santa Barbara freshman Fanny Johansson was the individual winner with a score of 151.
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