Fresh off of winning The Bob Jones Jr. Invitational at Yorba Linda CC, Harold Calubid does it again by taking down the AJGA Junior Challenge at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, CA. Calubid catapults himself from 871 to 175 in the Polo Ranking.
Harold Calubid, of Long Beach, won the Boys Division, with a 6-under-par 210. The tournament includes 95 boys, ages 12-18 from six states and 10 countries. The Victory was a hard fought one that posed many challenges for Harold to overcome. Calubid held the 36-hole lead with 18 to play. After shooting -1 on the front 9 in the final round, Harold found himself down by one shot with 9 holes to play. The start of the back 9 was shaky to say the least as Harold shoots a bogey, double bogey, bogey start on holes 11, 12 and 13 to find himself 4 shots off the lead.
“I wanted to calm myself down and regather my focus at that point,” Calubid said. “I knew if i could get back to hitting the shot in front of me that I could give myself a chance.” And that he did. Harold followed up the shaky back 9 start with birdies on holes 13, 14, and 15 to pull back into a tie of the lead. From there Harold was able to stay steady down the stretch and runaway with an impressive 5 shot victory over the field.
Calubid said his putting helped him capture the win.“This was my first win and it is definitely special,” Calubid said. ”Just to know that I worked hard for this and I have people supporting me, it feels good.”
“I putted really well this week,” Calubid said. “It has been awhile since I did that, but I was hitting the ball well and clean.”
This victory is sure to put Calubid on the map as Division I universities look for great young talent to represent their program in the future. Things are definitely looking bright for this young star on the rise.
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