After shooting a one-under-par 69 in the first round of the Costa Mesa Junior Championship Wednesday, Alyaa Abdulghany had someone very important to talk to before the final round.
The incoming seventh-grader at Corona del Mar Junior High had a short discussion with Alyaa Abdulghany.
"I just talked to myself to get myself calm," said Abdulghany, a 12-year-old who lives in Newport Beach. "All I said to myself was, 'calm down. You have another day.'"
Abdulghany calmly carded a one-over 71 to finish at even 140 and won the girls' 12-14 division of the 22nd annual golf event at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club Thursday.
She finished with four birdies combined during both rounds on the Mesa Linda course.
Abdulghany said she became very excited after her 69 in the opening round because she was the only female golfer to go under par in all three age divisions of the event.