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Golf: Timpson finishes 38th at CIF Northern Individual Regional.

May 18, 2010|By Charles Rich

GLENDALE — Michael Timpson found out first-hand how golf can be a game of inches.

Unfortunately for Timpson, a Crescenta Valley High senior golfer, the timing couldn’t have been worse.

Timpson triple-bogeyed his final hole and missed the cut by two strokes Monday afternoon at the CIF Southern Section Northern Individual Regional at River Ridge Golf Club’s Vineyard Course in Oxnard.

Timpson, a reigning All-Area member, recorded a four-over-par 76 to finish in a seven-way tie for 38th. The top 30 advanced to the CIF Individual Championship Tournament, which will be held at 8 a.m. Monday at La Purisima Golf Course in Lompoc.

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Timpson needed just a bogey on his final hole to advance. However, he encountered trouble.

Timpson’s tee shot on the second hole struck a tree. The ball landed on the out-of-bounds line, leading to a two-stroke penalty.

Timpson, the reigning Pacific League individual champion, teed off again and bogeyed.

“It’s a game of inches,” Timpson said. “The ball just did kick of out bounds.

“Another inch to the right and I might have had a chance at a par and maybe advance. I’m not disappointed.”

Timpson finished his round with one birdie, 14 pars, two bogeys and one triple-bogey. He birdied the 12th hole.

Crescenta Valley Coach John Pehar said Timpson probably deserved a better fate.

“He certainly should have been moving on,” said Pehar, whose team finished second in league this season. “It’s disappointing that one shot can knock you out like that, but that’s the way it goes.

“There was tough pin placement. He made a couple of shots out of the bunker and his drive seemed good.”

Timpson said he’s been bothered by migraine headaches over the weekend, but wasn’t bothered Monday until the latter part of his round.

“I felt good throughout most of my round,” Timpson said. “Then, it just started coming back.

“It was a good experience for me to play in this tournament for the first time and I’ve learned a lot.”

J.J. Holen of West Ranch won the event with a 67 and St. Bonaventure’s Jon Poole placed second with a 69. Anton Arboleda of La Cañada carded a 72 to finish in a ninth-way tie for fifth.


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