Karah Sanford victorious at U.S. Kids World Golf Championships

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Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 12:51pm EDT

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Pictures and recap republished with permission from KarahStanford.com.

The 2011 U.S. Kids World Golf Championships, which took place August 4-6, 2011, featured 1208 youngsters from 39 countries and 48 states. Players were divided into 13 age groups over nine courses in the Pinehurst and Southern Pines areas in North Carolina.

Round One - Girls 9

A year after being defeated in a playoff at the World Championship, Karah Sanford came out swinging at Longleaf Golf and Country Club. She put up a 5-under-par 31 to take a strong four-stroke lead into the second round. Three players are tied at 1-under-par 35, including 2010 World Champion Emilie Alba Paltrinieri of Italy. Also posting 35s were Mohan Du of China and Agustina Gomez Cisterna of Argentina. Maria Fernanda Martinez and Cordelia Lopez, both of Mexico, are tied for fifth at even-par 36.

Karah Sanford

Round Two - Girls 9

Karah Sanford of Escondido, Calif., continued her assault on the Girls 9 division, as she fired a 3-under-par 33 to back up her first-round 5-under-par 31. At 8-under-par 64 for the tournament, she is currently eight strokes clear of her nearest competitor. Sanford birdied three of her first four holes and parred her way home to make it 18 bogey-free holes thus far. 2010 champion Emilie Alba Paltrinieri leads a group of three players tied for second place at even-par 72 for the tournament. Paltrinieri and Mohan Du of China shot 1-over-par 37 to get to 72, while Christine Wang of Houston matched Sanford's low score at 3-under-par 33. Wang eagled two of the three par-5s that she faced. Cordelia Lopez of Mexico is tied with Maria Camila Moreno Sanabria of Colombia for fifth place at 1-over-par 73 for the tournament.

Girls 9

Karah Sanford of Escondido, Calif., took nothing for granted on Saturday, as she fired a 4-under-par 32 to win the World Championship by eight strokes. She entered the final round with an eight-shot lead and continued to solidify her position on top, as she was 3-under-par through three holes and finished the tournament at 12-under-par 96. Emilie Alba Paltrinieri, who won the Girls 8 division in 2010, made a charge with a final-round 32 of her own, but Sanford never gave an inch. Paltrinieri finished alone in second at 4-under-par 104. Christine Wang of Houston finished under-par as well, ten strokes back of Sanford. Mogan Du of China, Michaela Morard of Huntsville, Ala., and Suzuka Yagi of Japan tied for fourth place at 1-over-par 109.

Karah's pictures from the tournament - be sure to follow this little studette on Twitter at @karahsanford!


In all three days of tournament play, Karah was bogey free.
She played 27 holes with 16 pars, 10 birdies, and 1 eagle...

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connorgray says:

congratulations gurl!

Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 3:27am EDT

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