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Enochs, Clovis golfers dominate at Bumgardner junior tournament

Shawnee Martinez and Bryson DeChambeau have yet to enter high school, but they're still making their presence felt against all ages within the junior golf ranks.

Martinez, who will be a freshman at Enochs High in Modesto, fired a 1-over-par 73 on the Bluff and Oak nines at Del Rio Country Club, giving her a two-day score of a 6-over-par 150. That was good enough to win the girls overall title Tuesday at the 56th Annual Bumgardner Junior Memorial Tournament.

DeChambeau, an incoming freshman at Clovis East High, shot a 3-over-par 75, coupling that with Monday's 2-under-par 70 for the overall boys championship. He was three strokes ahead of Modesto High's Fredrik Palmer, whose 148 won him the 16-17 boys division.

Martinez had extra motivation to win the Bumgarder. Her sister Marina won it all in 2006.

"I wanted to match her," Shawnee Martinez said. "Plus, this is a pretty big tournament. It's a lot bigger than the other tournaments that I've won."

Martinez beat the 15-17 girls division leaders Asia Adell (Fresno) and Tiffany Dong (Sacramento) by two strokes. She won Tuesday thanks to crisp iron play, hitting approach shots that allowed for easy putts.

"I was pretty consistent with my irons," she said. "I was hitting them pretty close."

Like most of the Bumgardner field, Martinez will play at a large junior tournament for the next two days at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento.

Palmer, the 16-17 boys champion, is a month from starting his senior year at Modesto High. While he didn't go low enough to catch DeChambeau, he strung together the most impressive three-hole run of the tournament Tuesday.

He opened on the Bluff Nine, and birdied the 176-yard No. 8 hole. He followed that with a birdie on the 302-yard No. 9. And on the 371-yard No. 1 hole on the Oak Nine, he blasted a drive down the middle of the fairway and followed that with a wedge from 117 yards out that landed just beyond the hole and spun back into the cup for an eagle.

"I guess I'm happy with the score," Palmer said. "It was pretty windy at times, and the wind kind of flip-flopped on us. I'll take a 74."

DeChambeau, the overall boys winner, is a Modesto native. He lived here for seven years -- his parents were members at Spring Creek Country Club -- before moving to Clovis.

"I played here for a couple times when I was younger, so I was comfortable," said DeChambeau, who placed second in the 2006 Bumgardner.

This time, he'll get his name placed on the permanent trophy for the Del Rio clubhouse, a trophy that has the names of all the winners dating back to 1952.

"I was 1-under-par through six and playing pretty well," said DeChambeau, who had some trouble after that.

DeChambeau will return to the area for next week's Turlock Junior Championships.

"We always enjoy coming back here," he said.

Bee staff writer Will DeBoard can be reached at wdeboard@modbee.com or call 578-2300.

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