Braeden Koran made the trip from Fallbrook to West Palm Beach, Fla., to play in the Optimists International Junior Golf Championships tournament Aug. 1 through 4 and tied for ninth place out of the 156 golfers in the boys 16-18 division while also tying for the low round of the tournament.
Koran, who graduated from Fallbrook High School in June, had a 72-hole score of 295 on the par-72 PGA National Resort and Spa course despite an 84-stroke round on the first day.
“It was nice to be able to come back,” Koran said.
A North County Junior Golf Association qualifying tournament June 10 at the El Camino Country Club in Oceanside allowed Koran to compete in the Florida tournament, which is also where the PGA tour’s Honda Classic is played. The Optimists International Junior Golf Championships marked Koran’s debut on the PGA National course. “It was awesome. Everything was absolutely perfect,” he said of the course.
His first round wasn’t as pleasing. “I was still getting used to the course, but I just didn’t play that well,” he said.
Koran was tied for 133rd place after his first 18 holes, but he shot a round of 72 strokes the following day.
Koran shared the low round of the tournament with his 67-shot performance Aug. 3. “It was just awesome to be able to put all my hard work together in a round in a big tournament and have it all work out,” he said.
Koran completed the tournament with a score of 72 for the final round.