Lauren Parayno just graduated from middle school.
But she might be one of the top female junior golfers in the Fresno area.
Parayno, a 14-year-old who finished going to Tenaya Middle School and will be a freshman at Bullard High, drained three straight birdies to highlight her overall victory at the Fort Washington Golf and Country Club Junior Classic.
Parayno, who also won the girls 12-14 division while besting all of those in the girls 15-18 class, shot a 76-79—155 to finish as the only girl golfer with scores under 80 during both rounds on the par-72 course Monday and Tuesday.
“I’m like shocked but really proud,” Parayno said. “My putting was really on, made a lot of puts and that kept me going.”
On the boys side, Clovis North golfer Bryce Loosigian bested par in each of his two rounds to win the overall championship.
Loosigian, who will be a senior, won by two strokes among boys ages 14-18, finishing at 4-under 140 for the tournament after rounds of 69 and 71. Clovis West’s Tyler Gardner (67-75–142) and Fresno Christian’s Michael Cliff (70-72) shared second.
“It just made it easier for me,” said Loosigian about playing at Fort Washington, where he regularly plays with his family as a country club member. “It just made it more comfortable for me, and I could play relaxed.”
Age-division winners included Clovis West High’s Kyle Kuest (boys 14-15) and Fresno’s Austin Tran (boys 12-13).
The tournament was part of the Junior Golf Association of Northern California summer schedule.