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  • GOLF

    Wu dominates en route to city title

    Medford teen shoots final-round 66 to claim championship by six strokes
  • Dylan Wu might not want to play anywhere but Centennial Golf Club.
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  • Dylan Wu might not want to play anywhere but Centennial Golf Club.
    The 17-year-old won his second tournament in 11/2 weeks at the course, cruising to a six-shot victory over Jimmy White in the men's division of the Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championships Sunday.
    Wu backed up an opening-round, 5-under-par 67 with a final-day 66, making him 11 under with a 133. White shot 69 to finish alone in second place at 139, one stroke ahead of Mike Barry and Kevin Murphy.
    Earlier this month, Wu, a senior-to-be at St. Mary's High, captured an American Junior Golf Association tournament at Centennial.
    "I played pretty solid both days," said Wu, who lost the RVSP, which is also considered the city championships, in a playoff last year. "My ball striking is really pivotal in my game right now. I've been hitting the ball really well. The key thing for me this week was I chipped really well. I had no bogeys and got up and down virtually every time."
    In other divisions, Christina Phelps won the women's crown, Mark Wilson Sr. the men's senior title and Dick Brekke the men's super-senior championship.
    There was little drama after the first few holes of the men's championship clash.
    Barry began the day in second place, two shots behind Wu. He birdied the first two holes to pull within one, but a bogey at No. 4 and a three-putt double bogey at No. 6 — which resulted in a broken putter — dropped him well off the pace.
    By the time Wu recorded a 33 on the front nine, he had a four-shot lead on White. Wu, who has committed to play collegiately for Northwestern, then dropped in a 30-foot birdie putt at No. 10 and White made bogey.
    "After that, I knew I had a comfortable lead," said Wu.
    And his steady play didn't allow anyone to threaten him.
    "I think we all played pretty solid," said White, who earlier in the day won a two-man scramble tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club — and the first prize of a trip to Hawaii — with his partner, Bobby Foote. "Dylan probably made less mistakes than we did and a few more putts than we did, and that's usually what it comes down to."
    Wu's plan was to eat up the par 5s by birdieing them all. He didn't quite do that, but managed to play the four holes in 7 under over the two days.
    His birdie on the 16th Sunday was particularly impressive after his drive found its way into heavy hay on the left side and he was able to knock it out only about 40 yards.
    With 195 yards left, he hit a fade with his 5-iron that landed 6 feet from a hole that was tucked in tight behind a front right bunker, then sank the putt.
    "That was probably the best shot I hit the whole week," said Wu.
    He felt he could have taken better advantage of his iron play that repeatedly gave him birdie looks of 10 feet or better.
    "I could have gone a little lower," he said, "but I'm pretty happy."
    Wu isn't entered in the Southern Oregon Golf Championships this week. He left Sunday night to play in an AJGA event this week in Sunriver.
    Barry's chase of Wu ended at No. 6 after his three-putt. He threw his putter down in disgust and it snapped in half.
    On hole Nos. 7, 8 and 9, he putted with a wedge, going bogey, bogey, par. At No. 10, and while waiting for a ruling on whether he could add a putter to his bag, he putted with his 4-wood and again made par.
    Centennial tournament coordinator Chris Daggitt then delivered a putter to Barry as he walked up No. 11.
    U.S. Golf Association rules allow a player to add a club to his bag if he began the round with fewer than the allotted 14 clubs, said Daggitt.
    Barry said he has played the past year with only 13 clubs. He had a 3-wood and 4-wood that he hit about the same, so he shelved the 3-wood.
    The new putter came in handy a couple holes later when Barry drove the short par-4 13th hole and drained a 30-footer for eagle.
    In the women's division, Phelps started out tied with Leslie Gainey after both shot 85s on Saturday. The former, who plays for Simpson University in Redding, Calif., parred the first six holes Sunday to begin her title run.
    A four-putt double bogey at the par-3 seventh slowed her, then she parred the last two holes on the front nine. She shot 43 on the back for an 81 and two-day total of 166, three shots clear of Gainey.
    "I'm so happy," she said. I've been dreaming about this since last year, when I missed it by a few. I'm excited to kick this off, have this to start the Southern Oregon, then it's back to school."
    Brekke shot a 75 for a 148 total and captured his second straight super-senior victory. He topped Jon Paauwe by three strokes.
    Mark Wilson Sr. ended Glen Clark's two-year reign as the men's senior champion. Wilson broke par for the second straight day with a 71, giving him a 3-under total of 141. Kevin Klabunde was second at 143.
    Men's Championship Flight
    1, Dylan Wu, 67-66—133; 2, Jimmy White, 70-69—139; 3, (tie) Mike Barry, 69-71—140, and Kevin Murphy, 71-69, 140; 5, Mark Wilson Jr., 72-72—144; 6, Tommy Smith, 74-73—147.
    Men's First Flight
    Gross
    1, David LaRosa, 71-75—146; 2, Jacob Gooding, 75-73—148; 3, John Kandaris, 75-75—150; 4, Mike Forney, 84-71—155.
    Net
    1, Bryan Tedsen, 70-63—133; 2, Curtis Wagoner, 69-70—139; 3, John Justin, 68-72—140; 4, D.L. Richardson, 71-71—142.
    Men's Second Flight
    Gross
    1, Brooks Gard, 80-84—164; 2, Phil Heiner, 81-87—168; 3, Jeff Hamlett, 86-84—170.
    Net
    1, Jake Rockwell, 72-69—141; 2, Derek Davis, 71-76—147; 3, Don Schamanek, 75-75—150.
    Men's Senior First Flight
    Gross
    1, Mark Wilson Sr., 70-71—141; 2, Kevin Klabunde, 73-70—143; 3, Glen Clark, 75-71—146; 4, Marshall Holman, 74-74—148; 5, Ken Petersen, 76-73—149.
    Net
    1, Pat Daggitt, 70-68—138; 2, Phil Cardin, 70-70—140; 3, Terry Faulkner, 70-71—141; 4, Dave Schoenmann, 71-71—142; 5, Paul Reynolds, 68-76—144.
    Men's Senior Second Flight
    Gross
    1, Steve Wilt, 83-81—164; 2, Steve Watkins, 81-83—164; 3, 3, Jim Palazzolo, 85-87—172.
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