Thu12182014

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Singh tops elders at pair of FCWT golf tournaments


Forget her age – Simar Singh is proof that the only number that counts on the golf course is the score. The 13-year-old from Los Altos has already won two Future Collegians World Tour (FCWT) tournaments this season, despite being the youngest girl in the field.

In a span of only two months, Singh captured titles at FCWT junior tournaments at San Jose’s Coyote Creek Golf Club and Half Moon Bay Golf Links, beating golfers five and four years older, respectively.

“It’s good competition and fun to play with them,” she said of facing older players.

Singh’s most recent win occurred Jan. 12 at Half Moon Bay, where she won the girls 15-19 division. The Blach Intermediate School eighth-grader shot a 155 over two rounds. She topped the leaderboard at the end of the first with a 76 and held on the second day to edge 17-year-old Clementina Rodriguez of South Carolina by two strokes.

“She was a really good player,” Singh said of Rodriguez, a junior being recruited by several colleges. “It was tough to battle with her, but it was really fun.”

In November, Singh defeated 18-year-old Sarah Archuleta of Oregon by three strokes to win the girls 15-18 division at Coyote Creek. Singh shot a two-round total of 152. She bagged five birdies, thanks in part to her proficient putting.

“I love putting,” said Singh, who considers it the strength of her game. “It’s probably my favorite part of golf. It’s really helped me a lot – especially at Half Moon Bay.”

Singh added that she sunk putts “that were crucial for me” against challenger Rodriguez, whom she described as “a great putter.”

But Singh said her best shot of the day was a drive on the par-3 13th hole (130 yards). Using her 8 iron, Singh stuck the ball 5 feet from the hole. She then made the birdie putt.

“That was a good momentum booster,” she said.

Singh doesn’t make such shots by accident – she practices six days a week at the Stanford University Golf Course. Not that Singh is complaining.

“Golf is different every day,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Singh took up golf at age 8 – dad Biri introduced her to the sport – and she’s been hooked ever since. Singh played her first tournament less than a year later and now competes in 30 to 40 events per year.

Next up: the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior All-Star, an American Junior Golf Association tourney scheduled Feb. 14-16 in Palm Harbor, Fla.

“I’m super excited,” said Singh, who aspires to play collegiately at Stanford.

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