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Brink, Riley earn Leeworthy Memorial titles

Will Brink broke into the winner’s column Wednesday, winning the Eric Leeworthy Memorial at Lockeford Springs Golf Course.

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POSTED June 29, 2012 12:53 a.m.

Trailing by a stroke with five holes remaining in the Eric Leeworthy Memorial tournament, East Union High standout Will Brink birdied three of the final five on his way to a 2012 Junior Golf Association of Northern California victory Wednesday in Lodi at Lockeford Springs Golf Course.

Brink found himself down one to Shinatro Ban of San Jose at the 14th hole. Ban would immediately double-bogey the hole, triggering a Brink run over the final five holes to secure the deal. Brink would par the par-3 15th and 17th holes, while birding 14, 16 and 18.

Manteca’s Ty Griggs closed his nine-hole tournament run with a third place finish. Shooting a 44, four strokes back from eventual winner Andrew Bagasbas (San Ramon).

Brooke Riley outlasted Angela Bagasbas in the 12-14 girls division, posting three birdies on the front nine to provide the difference. Bagasbas’ round of 80 left her three strokes back of Riley.

Local high school players from the area also competed in the tournament and found space on the leader board, with Ripon Christian’s Kyle Colyn (79), Ripon’s Nick Sharp (82), Nate Suender (84) and Rob Figeroid (88) all turning in respectable scorecards on the par-72 course.

Brink played a near-perfect front nine, paring seven of the 10 holes and making two birdies. Brink continued to cruise until hole 11 where he posted his first and only bogey of the round.

The win was Brink’s first of the season. He came up just short in the Tokay Junior Woodbridge Invitational, nabbing a second place finish. It was brink’s third top-five finish on the season and ushers Brink into the top-10 of the JGNAC season leader board.

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