Danville Express

Sports - January 26, 2007

Cole Pickavance, 15, wins Future Collegiate World Tour

Cole Pickavance, 15, a sophomore from San Ramon Valley High School, won the Future Collegiate World Tour's Teal Bend Open Golf Tournament at Teal Bend Golf Club in Sacramento held Jan. 14-16.

With a three-day total score of 226, he not only won his age division (13-15), but he also had the lowest tournament round for all age divisions. Pickavance birdied three of his last four holes to shoot a one-under par, 71, on the last day of the tournament beating the second-place finisher, Reid Martin from Washington State, by five strokes.

Pickavance was atop the leader board after his opening round of 77. At the end of round two, Martin had tied Pickavance with a two-day score of 155. As the two leaders set out Monday, joined by Bennett Lavin of Illinois, Pickavance was out to prove he could win. The three started the 10:30 shotgun on hole 14. Cole birdied the 15th to take the lead and Reid never caught up. Cole went on to birdie holes 10, 11 and 13 for a final three day score of 226.

After a tie for fifth and seventh in previous FCWT events this season, Pickavance put himself in the winner's circle and earned an exemption to the National Championship in West Palm Beach, Florida Memorial Day weekend.

Cole regularly plays in both the FCWT and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events throughout the year as well as on the boys' golf team at San Ramon Valley High. He took up the game of golf at age 12 and practices daily at the Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon. His father, Joey Pickavance, is his instructor.

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