Although she hadn’t played there before this year, Pleasanton’s Ruby Hill Golf Club is starting to feel like home to Nancy Xu.
The St. Francis High senior shot a three-round score of 217 on the course last week to finish second among the 24 girls participating in the AJGA Junior at Ruby Hill.
“I really like the course,” said Xu, whose prior experience at Ruby Hill consisted of four practice rounds earlier this year. “The distance is not extremely long, and I know where to hit the ball. I feel very comfortable there.”
So comfortable that the Sunnyvale resident shot her first under-par round of the summer on the second day of the tournament. Xu posted a 69 on the par-72 course, bagging four birdies.
“That was a pretty great day,” Xu said. “I putted really well – my putter saved me that day.”
Her 6 iron came in handy as well July 10. That’s the club Xu used on her tee shot from the challenging 14th hole, driving the ball 6 feet from the pin. Xu described it as her best shot of the tourney.
“That was really exciting,” said Xu, who birdied the hole. “It was one of the trickiest par 3s I’ve ever played. There was a creek on the right and a tree in the middle.”
Xu’s 69 that day, combined with 74s the first and last rounds, put her 1-over-par for the event. Winner Stephania Lau shot a 4-under par 212.
“I’m pretty happy with it,” Xu said of finishing second. “I didn’t have any specific expectations for this tournament – just to do the best I can and see what happens from there.”
Xu is set to play in an American Junior Golf Association event on the East Coast this week.