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Craig is runner-up in tourney of champs

Steve Yingling

If Kenny Craig had entered a 16-hole golf tournament Thursday, he would have returned home from Dayton as a champion.

But a bogey-triple bogey finish dropped the South Tahoe High sophomore to second place in the Northern Nevada Junior Golf Association Tournament of Champions at Dayton Valley Country Club.

“If I just would have parred the last two holes I would have beaten (Dustin Hall),” said Craig, who finished with a 3-over-par 75 to trail Hall by three strokes.

Craig teed off on No. 18 tied with Hall, the defending Nevada 4A state champion. But his drive on the par 5 went out of bounds and he needed eight shots to finish the hole.

“All the best players who had won tournaments were in the event so I was happy with how I did,” said the 15-year-old Craig.

Craig parred the first seven holes but served notice as a contender by eagling the 491-yard par-5 eight hole. After a 3-iron off the tee left him with 220 yards to the flag, Craig struck a 5-iron short of the green. But he holed his bump-and-run from 30 yards out for an eagle 3.

“Holes six through nine are the hardest holes … they all have water. You can’t not be accurate on those holes, and I did the best on them,” he said.

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