The 16th annual Costa Mesa junior golf championships tees off today
at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club's Mesa Linda course, with times
beginning as early as 7 a.m.
Newport-Mesa area golfers are scattered in seven boys and girls
Among the returners from last year's event include Katie
McKitterick, who finished fifth in the girls 15-17 age division last
year. McKitterick, part of Corona del Mar High's Pacific Coast League
girls golf championship team last fall, will be paired with Newport
Beach's Jessica Milner. They have a 10:45 a.m. starting time.
Costa Mesa resident Ryan Knapp placed fourth by four shots last
year in boys 12-13 and moves up to the 14-15 division this year.
Younger brother Jacob Knapp finished sixth in the boys 11- and-under
division last year and will have to rise early this year. The younger
Knapp is paired with Hale Furey from Newport Coast in a foursome at 7
David Su and Justin Morehead, teammates on CdM's boys golf team,
are grouped together in a boys 16-17 foursome that will tee off at
7:22 a.m. Morehead finished 11th in the boys 14-15 age group last
Other foursomes featuring two Newport-Mesa residents include Kelly
Kawata and Michelle Drucker in girls 15-17 at 11:07; Jungwon Kim of
Newport Beach and Katharine Hanson of CdM in girls 12-14 at 11:07;
Karine Shaw of Newport Coast and Kelly Moorhead of Newport Beach in
girls 12-14 at 11:22; Sean Shaw of Newport Coast and Eli Gomez of
Costa Mesa in boys 11- and-under at 7:07.
Local residents competing include Jack Francis of Newport Beach in
boys 16-17 at 7:52; Stewart Hagestead of Newport Beach in boys 14-15
at 8 a.m.; Andrew Ayala of Costa Mesa in boys 14-15 at 9:07; Braden
Cluck of Newport Beach in boys 14-15; Newport Beach residents Tanner
Trauthen and Mike Moorehead Jr. in boys 12-13 at 10:15 and 10:22, respectively; Lauren Draganza of Costa Mesa in girls 12-14 at 11:15
and Ashley Peters of Costa Mesa in girls 11- and-under at 7:37.