Campos, Xiong prevail at SCGA Juniors
Zoe Campos and Ray Xiong (SCGA photo)
Zoe Campos and Ray Xiong (SCGA photo)

A pair of top juniors walked away with SCGA Junior titles on Sunday at Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont, Calif. Despite strong winds, Ray Xiong and Zoe Campus took home the hardware.

Xiong, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., had back-to-back rounds of 1-under 71 to finish 36 holes as the only player under par. He was three ahead of San Diego’s Darien Zhao, the runner-up.

“I’m feeling really excited,” Xiong said. “It was a tough day, but I think I got through it pretty good.”

Xiong, in describing the strength of the win in the final round, said his hat blew off his head at least 20 times.

“The wind was basically blowing my putts off,” Xiong said. “I couldn’t make anything, but I still got through the round pretty good and my long game was really good so that’s how I shot under par.”

With the win, Xiong earns an exemption into the 2020 California Amateur Championship and the 121st SCGA Amateur Championship.

As for Campos, the title is one more at the end of a season in which the UCLA commit has made her presence known at the top level of women’s junior and amateur golf. She was fifth at the Augusta National Women's Amateur and finished runner-up at the SCGA Women's Amateur earlier this summer.

After finishing 36 holes tied at 3 under with Irvine’s Ashleigh Park, the pair went to a playoff and Campos won on the first hole.

Campos, who hails from Valencia, Calif., said she was relieved to host the trophy at the end of the day even though she didn’t feel she had played her best.

“I actually finally hit a good tee shot on that [playoff] hole,” Campos said. “Getting the win was really nice.”

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The Southern California Junior Amateur Golf Championship is co- hosted by the SCGA and the SCPGA. Started in 2015, this championship was created to determine the best junior golfers in Southern California. The boys championship is open to Southern California male amateur golfers with an established USGA Handicap Index of 5.4 or below who are 18 years of age or younger. The girls championship is open to Southern California female amateur golfers with an established USGA Handicap Index of 9.4 or below who are 18 years of age or younger. The Championships are conducted over 36 holes of stroke play.

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