NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Though she had never before played at Oakmont Country Club, Jocelyn Chia was undaunted in her approach.
By the time Chia completed her 18-hole round during the local qualifying tournament of the Trusted Choice Big I Junior Classic on Tuesday afternoon, one might have had a difficult time believing she hadn't played at the 89-year-old venue.
Chia came through in her first test at the fabled course, as she fired a three-under-par 70 to win the girls' division of the event.
Chia was one of nine total competitors from the field of 27 to advance to the 36-hole state tournament, which will be held July 7-8 at De Laveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz. The championship will take place Aug. 1-4 at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison, Miss.
"I did the best I could for having not played the course," said Chia, a member of the Crescenta Valley High girls' golf team and the reigning All-Area Girls' Golfer of the Year. "I had seven birdies and wanted to play things safe.