La Canada’s Collin Morikawa wins Trans-Miss tournament

Photo courtesy of Trans-Miss Golf Association

Recent La Canada High School graduate Collin Morikawa won the Trans-Mississippi amateur golf Championship, setting a competitive course record at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.
Morikawa, who was selected the Pasadena Star-News player of the year last month and will play at Cal this spring, shot a 6-under-par 64 on the second day of the three-day event to win the 112th annual tournament by seven strokes with an 18-under-par 262.
Morikawa went into the final day of the tournament tied at 6-under-par 134 with soon-to-be college teammate K.K. Limbhasut of Thailand and with John Flaherty from Glastonbury, Conn. LSU-bound Philip Barbaree of Shreveport, La. finished second with Lambhasut third.
“I knew that I had some of the guys (with whom he was tied at the start) playing right behind me,” Morikawa told after he won the tournament, “so having a good first 18 was really important to get ahead of everyone. Luckily, I did get a nice 6-under again.”

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