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Clovis East star wins Len Ross tournament

Bryson DeChambeau may be 16, but he's old enough to appreciate golf history.

The Clovis East High sophomore wears old-style golf caps as a tribute to Ben Hogan. So he understands full well the significance of winning the 63rd annual Len Ross Fresno City Junior Amateur.

"It's a very big tournament for me," DeChambeau said Thursday after shooting a final-round 71 at Copper River Country Club.

"Not just because of the history and all the players who have been in it, but because of how great Len has been to the Fresno golf community."

DeChambeau sank a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish the tournament at 6-under 279, four strokes ahead of the 283 posted by Carmel's Justin Marchiando, who played in the boys 14-15 division.

"I like to make those on the last hole to win tournaments," he said with a grin.

As opposed to DeChambeau's wire-to-wire win, Clovis High junior Madchen Ly needed a late charge to wrestle the girls title from 2008 champion Asia Adell.

Ly began the day in a three-way tie for second five strokes behind Adell, who was coming off a 66 in Wednesday's third round.

Undaunted, Ly kept making birdies and pars en route to a 5-under 67 in the final round while Adell posted a 2-over 74 playing in the group ahead of her.

When the dust settled, Ly's four-round total of 290 was two strokes clear of Adell's 292.

"I knew I had a good day going and just had to stay in the moment," said Ly, dressed head to toe in black, her "lucky color."

Ly, who played a bogey-free final round, said she had no idea how Adell was doing until a fellow golfer congratulated her after the final hole.

"I kind of heard a few claps in front of me but didn't want to think about that," Ly said.

Adell, a senior at Clovis West who will attend Cal Poly next fall, said she was happy for Ly.

"I thought if I stayed within two strokes of par, I'd be fine," Adell said. "That's what I did, but Madchen went really low. There wasn't much I could do."