Delaware Hayes’ Grant Godfrey was on fire over three-plus rounds of golf, parlaying his solid play into a top-10 finish at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships (boys’ 16-18 division) Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Godfrey finished eighth among the 141 golfers, representing 26 different countries, in action — quite an improvement over last year’s 40th-place performance. He carded a four-day total of 289 (+1), just one shot out of fourth place, and finished as the top player from Ohio.
His best work came in the first three rounds as he fired a 72 on the first day, a 71 on the second and a 70 on the third to give him a three-day total of 213 (three under par) — a mark which, at the time, was the lowest from an American, third-lowest overall and good enough to put him in the last group to tee off for the final round.
His late push looked to be good enough to net him a top-five finish, too, as back-to-back birdies on 10 and 11, his 15th and 16th birdies of the tournament, had him at even par, which is where he stayed until the final four holes of the round.
It was then, starting with 15, Godfrey ran into some trouble for the first time all tournament. He posted a double bogey on 15 before bogeying two of the last three holes to finish with a four-over-par 76.
V Rattanaphiboonk, from Thailand, won the event with a combined 276 (12 under) while Rodrigo Rivas, from Chile, nabbed runner-up honors with a 282. Patrick Stephenson, from North Carolina, was the top American thanks to his four-day total of 288.