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Knop, 17, shoots 8-under 63 at Poppy Hills T Ryan Knop


he round to beat at the new Poppy Hills is an 8-under 63 by 17-year-old Ryan Knop. The senior at Foothill High School made eight birdies and no bogeys, finishing the record round with


closing birdies on Nos. 17 and 18. “I just got hot out there,” said Knop, who began the second and


final round of the Junior Tour of Northern California’s Tour Champi- onship four strokes behind Sunnyvale’s Albert Im. “I felt like I could make anything.” The sterling 63 came from a setup of 6,572 yards. To put that in


perspective, the lowest score at the NCGA Stroke Play Champion- ship a month prior (a 2-under 69 by Skyler Finnell) came from 6,675 yards. Knop won the Tour Championship by six strokes over Jeremy


Villafuerte and Im, and fired the day’s best score by seven shots. After opening the tournament with a 1-over 72, Knop shot a 3-under 33 on the front nine of his second round, and drained four straight birdies between Nos. 9-12. Knop actually had a look for 62, but missed an eagle putt on No. 18 from 15 feet.


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