COSTA MESA — Incoming Corona del Mar High freshman John Hong verified what at least three golfers in the 22nd Costa Mesa junior championship said was the key to playing well on Costa Mesa Country Club's Mesa Linda course.
"The best part was my putting; I made a lot of putts," Hong said after a four-over-par 74 Wednesday that included three birdies. Hong sits one shot off the lead in the boys' 14-15 age group heading into today's final round.
"I sliced some shots and had to get up and down a lot today, but I managed to do that," said Hong, among a handful of Newport-Mesa golfers in the field.
Players will tee off beginning at 7 a.m. today, with the leaders in the final groups.
Newport Beach resident Alyaa Abdulghany carries a two-shot lead into today's round of the girls' 12-14 division following a one-under 69.
Newport Beach resident Chase Furey birdied four holes en route to a 72, which places him in a tie for third in the boys' 12-13 group.