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GOLF | Hakim wins Modesto City Championship

Sophomore Ash Hakim shot 2-under over two days at the Modesto City Championship.
Sophomore Ash Hakim shot 2-under over two days at the Modesto City Championship.
June 12, 2018

MODESTO, Calif. -- Saint Mary’s men’s golf’s Ash Hakim was victorious over the weekend, winning the Modesto City Championship with a second-playoff-hole victory over local Teddy Schrier at Creekside Golf Course.

Hakim had two strong days on Saturday and Sunday in which he shot 2-under 142 for the 36 holes to take home first place at the annual Central Valley amateur tournament. On Saturday, at the Dryden Park Golf Course, Hakim shot a 5-under-par 67.  That strong round looked to give him momentum going into Sunday’s finale. However, a 3-over 75 on Sunday would carry Hakim into a playoff with Schrier, a former all-region and all-conference collegiate golfer at nearby Stanislaus State.

In the first hole of the playoff, Hakim parred. However, Schrier come right back and parred as well to force another hole. On the 320-yard par-4 second, Hakim drove his ball near the left side bunker, chipping up and two-putting for another par. Schrier, on the other hand, also sent his drive left and made a chip shot to set up a par putt, but he missed, giving Hakim the victory.

“I’m happy I found this (tournament) because the competition was so good,” said Hakim to the Modesto Bee newspaper. “It was an honor (to win).”

“It’s great to have our players out competing in the summer and gaining valuable experience,” said Saint Mary’s head coach Scott Hardy. “Starting the summer off with a win is great for Ash because it will get his confidence up.

In his freshman campaign at Saint Mary’s, Hakim averaged 73.37 strokes per round. He had his best score of the year when he finished with a 70 at the Goodwin Tournament in March. He also shot a 2-under par at the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio, back in September, which resulted in a top-15 finish.

“Anytime you can get in contention to win you learn a lot about yourself,” added Hardy. “Pulling through with the victory is great experience to lean back on next time you are in the same position.”



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