Fresno’s Aidan Tran will compete at the Junior World Golf Championships for the seventh year in a row, earning his latest trip to San Diego after winning a qualifier last week in Sacramento.
Tran, a 12-year-old golfer who just finished up his sixth-grade year at Fugman Elementary, fired a 5-under 67 on June 3 at Haggin Oaks Golf Course to top the field of 19 finishers.
Tran eagled the par-5 13th, then sank birdies on 15, 16 and 17. He was 4-under on the back nine, and had six birdies and the eagle in all for the round. Rocklin’s Zachery Pollo was the other qualifier with a 70.
Tran has qualified and competed in the Junior World Golf Championships every year since he was 6. He tied for 79th in the 11-12-year-old division’s 131-player field in 2015.
He followed up the continuation of his Worlds run with another milestone the following day, winning the boys 12-13 flight at the First Tee of Central Valley’s Junior Open at Modesto Municipal. In March, Tran won the 12-13 flight at the Len Ross Fresno City Junior Amateur.
Competition in the 11-12 boys division of the Junior World Golf Championships runs July 12-14 at Sycuan Resort’s Oak Glen course in El Cajon.
Junior World Golf Tournament
▪ July 12-15: Competition in boys and girls 6-under, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 divisions at 10 courses in the San Diego area
▪ Tourney at a glance: Founded in 1968, it has grown to 1,200 participants representing 56 countries, including 42 states in the U.S.