Creamer creams the competition

At first glance, it looked like a portion of junior golfers were crying because of their final round scores at the American Junior Golf Association PING Junior tournament Thursday at Port Orchard’s Trophy Lake Golf Course.

Tears were being shed, but not because of sadness.

Discussions persisted about the left side of hole No. 6, where a large patch of thick weeds sucked up a plethora of golf balls.

Port Orchard’s Brady Sharp, who tied for 13th (77-74-76—227), shared his own disaster on No. 6.

“I hit it in the weeds and couldn’t find my ball,” Sharp said. “I triple bogeyed the hole. The allergies kicked in and stuffed me up the final four holes.”

Paula Creamer, a 15-year-old Polo All-Am-erican junior golfer, shot a three-round 9-under par to defeat fellow Californian Jennifer Tangtiphaiboon-tana by nine strokes.

The lone West Sound female to participate was 2002 Central Kitsap High School graduate Carlee Hanson, who finished tied for 11th (85-84-78).

Tarik Can of Douglas-ton, N.Y., ran away in the boys field with a three-round 213 (-1).

Sharp earned local bragging rights over South Kitsap High School teammate Ryan Aker (80-79-76 — 235), who barely cracked the top 20.

All three West Sound golfers consider Trophy Lake their home course since they also work in the pro shop.

Aker admitted he was getting a ribbing from fellow co-workers.

“People from the pro shop were trying to put pressure on me,” Aker said. “It didn’t get to me. (The tournament) was disappointing being my home course and all.”

Hanson said she was also disappointed she couldn’t score better on her home course.

“The first day was just horrible,” Hanson said. “I couldn’t hit the ball. Today (in the final round) was really weird. I was six over on the turn and then I was striking the ball a lot better.”

Hanson, who played the back-nine first before making the turn on the front nine, eagled the No. 2 hole from 80 yards out followed by a birdie on No. 3.

She almost chipped in for birdie on No. 4, scored a par and birdie on the next two holes.

She bogeyed the final two holes but still shot her best round of the three rounds.

Hanson, bound for the University of Idaho this fall, said she’s glad to get the tournament over with so she can work on her game.

Between graduation and work, Hanson said she hasn’t had time to work on her swing.

“I’ve been trying to make some swing changes but I’ve never had time to work on it,” she said. “I just need to work on my game and not have to worry about competition in tournaments.”

The tournament was the first of many to come for Sharp.

The senior-to-be will play in another AJGA tournament in July.

Sharp said he wasn’t too disappointed with his play and knows where to improve his game.

“My iron play has been really good,” Sharp said. “I need to putt better and I only hit four fairways each day (at Trophy Lake). So I struggled there.”

Aker didn’t have much time to think about his tournament.

He was gearing up for the first round of another tournament Friday at Nisqually Valley.

While he didn’t bring his A-game, Aker said it was fun to play at home against players from around the country.

“The guys I played with were cool,” Aker said. “It’s fun playing against guys you don’t know how good they are. It makes it more exciting I think.”

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