Team Guam’s IMG Academy World Junior Championships individual play came to an end yesterday in San Diego, California. Three of the 14-member Junior Guam National Golf Federation were in contention for making the cut through to Day 4, but their luck ran out in sunny California.
Brentt Salas started the competition on opening day tied for fourth place, but missed the cut by 38 places. The Father Duenas Memorial School graduate finished his third and final round on the Torrey Pines South Course with a 6-over-par 78. The Friar finished the boys 15-18 age division respectably at 11 over par.
Kana Bangs, a 15-year-old sophomore at the Guam Adventist Academy, shot 7 over par on Friday in the girls 15-18 age division at Torrey Pines South Golf Course. Over the three days, she shot 25 over par.
“I did bad first day, but I got good score second day, and third day,” said Bangs, a nonnative English-speaker. “I hope I can make cut next year and I can play last day, too.”
While she didn’t meet her goal of advancing to the last day of singles competition, she is already looking forward to next year. “My goal for this tournament is to make cut, so I didn’t make my goal but I’ll try next year, too,” Bangs said.
Markus Nanpei was Guam’s beacon of inspiration, shining brightly in the third round after two rough days of golf. While playing in the boys 13-14 age division at La Costa Resort Legends Course, he shot a tournament-best 5 over par. Nanpei walks away from the IMGs with a 3-day 32 over par.
The incoming 13-year-old Father Duenas Freshman struggled over the first two days, but drove much better and was able to knock off 10 strokes from his previous day’s total.
“I was able to hit the fairway more today, which enabled me to get a better view to attack the greens,” Nanpei said. “ I was on the green in regulation, most of the day, which made it easier to score.”
“My personal goal was to shoot in the 70s during this tournament,” Nanpei said. “Given that, I had a rough first two days. I don’t feel that I met my goal.”