Michael Weaver sank numerous putts Thursday while shooting a 6-under 66 at the Southern California Regional Championship at The SCGA Golf Course in Murrieta.
But the Clovis West High senior will be thinking about two that barely missed.
Two putts that lipped out, first on No. 18, then on the first playoff hole, cost Weaver the individual title in a narrow loss to Kevin Dougherty (Vista Murrieta), who was playing on his home course.
"Michael's very disappointed," Clovis West coach Tom Deel said, "but he's also mature enough to understand you can't get beat like that if you're not in that situation."
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Two weeks after becoming the youngest Fresno City Amateur champion, Weaver advanced to Wednesday's state championships at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach. The Golden Eagles failed to qualify as a team after finishing eighth overall at 20-over 380.
Weaver's round featured eight birdies and two bogeys, including No. 18 when he three-putted from 7 feet. He then had an 18-foot par putt lip out on the first playoff hole, only to watch Dougherty make his from 16 feet.
Clovis East's Bryson DeChambeau finished tied for 23rd with a par 72. Also cracking the top 40 were Porterville's Nate Jessup (73), Clovis West's Pace Johnson (74) and Bullard's Rhett Kilgore (74).