SAN DIEGO — Michele Lyford shot a par 74 on Torrey Pines' North Course Friday afternoon to win the girls' 15-17 division of the Optimist Junior World Golf Tournament.
The 17-year-old Redlands resident's steady play allowed her to break a 219 tie with Cypress' Amy Fruhwirth. Lyford finished with a four-round total of 293. Bonita's Christy Erb shot a three-under-par 71 to finish second behind Lyford with a 295.
In the boys' 15-17 division on Torrey Pines' South Course, Carito Villaroman of the Philippines shot a one-under-par 71 and cruised to the championship by 11 strokes over San Diego's Phil Mickelson. Villaroman's four-day total of 15-under-par 273 broke the tournament record by seven strokes.
While Villaroman was winning easily, Lyford had to wait until the par-5 13th hole to take control for good. She led Fruhwirth by three shots when both players hit just short of the 13th green in two. Lyford chipped close to the hole and Fruhwirth chipped past the green. As Fruhwirth scrambled for a bogey, Lyford birdied to expand her lead to five strokes.