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Williams wins in playoff

Carlin, Duford take 2nd place in their divisions

Kingman’s Sean Williams watches his drive on the seventh hole during Friday’s round in the Kingman City Junior Championships. Williams went on to birdie the hole and win his division on the second playoff hole. ROB WEILER/Miner

Kingman’s Sean Williams watches his drive on the seventh hole during Friday’s round in the Kingman City Junior Championships. Williams went on to birdie the hole and win his division on the second playoff hole. ROB WEILER/Miner

KINGMAN - Sean Williams' first taste of playoff golf was as sweet as the piles of donuts, cookies, fruit pies and other snacks the rest of the junior golfers were feasting on as Williams headed back on the course for a sudden death match with Tyler Wooldridge of Carefree, Ariz.

The Kingman junior golfer needed two extra holes to claim the boys 15-18 division of the Kingman City Junior Championship on Friday, getting up and down on the par-4 second hole to beat Wooldridge, who 3-putted for bogey.

"It was pretty nerve racking at the first tee, but after that the thought of being in a playoff went away," Williams said.

Williams was one of 10 locals who represented Kingman well in the two-day tournament at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course. Andrew Carlin was second in the top-tier boys championship division. Kenny Duford also took second place in the boys 13-14 division, and Haley Muswicek won the girls 10-under division.

"There was definitely added pressure playing at home, but I handled it pretty well this week," said Carlin, who shot an impressive 73 Friday but couldn't best Blake Brown's 4-under 67. "I had 17 putts on the front nine, and the only one-putt came on the one green I missed. A couple more putts fall and I could have given Blake a better run."

Starting on the back nine like the rest of the day's groups, Carlin opened with a birdie on the long par-3 10th hole, but couldn't buy another one until his last hole, making nine consecutive pars during a part of his round that included a 45-minute suspension of play due to lightning.

"I've had an off month, so it was nice to be here and not have to hit too many drivers," he said. "I had good control over my irons. I hit 11 greens the first day and 14 today."

Williams' day was more of a roller-coaster ride, starting the day with two bogeys and not getting his first birdie until the 15th hole, scrambling after a poor tee shot and running in a 20-foot putt. He played the final nine holes 1 over par to finish with a second straight 76.

"When I got done, I was ready to go home. I didn't think 76-76 would be anywhere close to first."

Tanner Theel bounced back from an opening-round 86 to shoot 77 on Friday, the second-best score in the 15-18 division, and finish in 11th place. He recorded only two pars in his final nine holes with birdies on No. 2 and No. 7. Aaron Pitts shot an 87 to tie for 15th place, and Nick Reinhold finished in 24th place.

Duford, who led the boys 13-14 division after the first round, played the more difficult back nine in 39, but shot 40 on the front side for a 79 to finish seven shots behind Cole Sajonia, who shot an even-par 71 on Friday.

Amanda Deering finished in sixth place in the girls 13-14 division with an 86 on Friday. Kingman's Muswicek (66), Bekah Van Kirk (65) and Mariah Sammeli (66) went 1-2-3 in the girls 10-Under division.