Looking across the water at Alcatraz, Brian Humphreys wondered how he was going to land his golf ball in the center of that famous island green on the PGA West’s TPC Stadium Course, in Palm Springs, Calif.
The 13-year-old from Washougal pulled out his 9-iron and dropped his first shot of the Future Champions of Golf World Championship about 12 feet from the flag stick. The only blemish on that first hole was a 2-putt par, instead of a birdie.
“It wasn’t the ideal hole to start with, but I thought I played it pretty well,” Humphreys said. “I knew I’d get another crack at it.”
Humphreys got the best of Alcatraz in the final round, by sinking a 30-foot putt for a birdie. It gave him the cushion he needed to walk off the course as the Boys 13- to 14-year-old Division FGC World Champion.
“I felt pretty proud of myself,” Humphreys said. “It was a really challenging course, with a lot of water hazards and bunkers. I played pretty consistent, and I didn’t make too many mistakes. Basically, I just outlasted everybody.”