Photo By: Courtesy of David Buchanan
Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills shot a 7-under-par 64 to win the CCS title last week.
Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills had the kind of week most golfers only dream about.
In the span of just a few days, Buchanan shot his low round at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, advanced to a U.S. Open sectional qualifier and won the individual portion of the Central Coast Section Boys Golf Championships.
The Menlo School junior shot a blistering 7-under-par 64 at CCS, held May 15 at Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel. His score tied the all-time record at the CCS championships.
“It’s hard to think you shoot 7-under or something,” said Buchanan, who enjoyed a bogey-free round. “So much has to go right.”
A lot went right for Buchanan early in his round, as he bagged birdies on holes four and five. After missing what he called “easy birdie putts” on holes six, nine and 10, Buchanan finished with a flourish. His last three holes: birdie, eagle, birdie.
“I tried to stop thinking about putting after (the missed birdie opportunities), and it paid off,” he said. “I was putting well before that and just tried to will it in the hole rather than overthink it.”
To get his eagle on 17 – a 503-yard hole – Buchanan drove his tee shot 310 yards and sank a 25-foot putt.
“I knew I had to finish strong to win,” said Buchanan, who beat runner-up Jonathan Garrick of St. Francis by two strokes.
Both golfers advanced to the Northern California Championships, scheduled Monday (after the Town Crier’s press deadline) at Butte Creek Golf Club in Chico. The top nine finishers qualify for the State Championships June 6 at San Gabriel Country Club.
“I played (at Butte Creek) last year at NorCal, and it’s not that hard of a course,” Buchanan said. “I think I’m playing well right now and have a good chance to move on, but nothing is a given in golf.”
Buchanan, however, is guaranteed a spot in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying Tournament slated June 4 at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City. He was among only six golfers at last week’s U.S. Open Local Qualifying Tournament in Santa Cruz to advance. Buchanan tied for third, shooting 70 May 14 at Pasatiempo Golf Club.
Buchanan prepared for the local qualifier by playing a round at his home course, Los Altos Golf & Country Club, where he shot a personal-best 63.
“That gave me a boost and a lot of confidence,” he said.
In the team portion of CCS, Menlo shot 382 to finish fifth, right behind St. Francis (381). Only the top three teams moved on to NorCal.