Faith Garcia seemed poised to extend the girls championship match in the Borck Junior Golf Tournament to extra holes. Abbey Doski had other ideas.
Garcia, who will enter the freshman class at Trinity Catholic High School, lost to Doski 1-up in the match at H. Smith Richardson Golf Course in Fairfield. The match came down to the final hole.
Doski took a 1-up lead into the final hole, but found trouble with her second shot. She had to punch out of woods, and finally reached the green in four. Garcia played the hole perfectly. She dropped her third shot onto the green and seemingly just needed to two-putt to extend the match.
Garcia's first putt, however, raced past the pin and left her a difficult putt coming back. Doski didn't give her a chance. She sank a 20-foot putt to par the hole and win the match. Garcia finished second for the second straight year.
"I actually played well and I played a lot better than I did last year,'' Faith said. Despite the loss, Faith said she's going to return to the Borck next year more determined than ever to take home the title. "Next year I'm going to get it,'' she said. "I'm going to practice a lot."
The Borck, in its 41st year, features some of the top junior players in Fairfield County. The tournament began with stroke play on Monday. The format switched to match play for the top qualifiers in both divisions on Tuesday. The competition is held in memory of Jay Borck, a young golfer who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1968 at the age of 16. He passed away one week after winning the Brooklawn Junior Championship.
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