In the fourth
all-California final, Jack Renner, 17, of San Diego, defeated Michael
Brannan, of Salinas, the 1971 Champion, in 20 holes, over the Willow Glen
course of the Singing Hills Country Club, El Cajon, Calif. It was the
first final match to go extra holes in 26 years of the Championship. Renner
was three down after 14 holes against Brannan and he caught him at the
18th. He holed birdie putts of 10 feet on both the 15th and 16th, halved
the 17th, and won the 18th when Brannan missed a 3½ footer.
birdied the 19th hole, Brannan from 30 feet and Renner from nine. Renner
won the 20th with a par 4; Brennan was just off the green in three, 22
feet from the hole. He putted and missed. No Champion has ever repeated.
Brannan was, however, only the third player to reach the final twice.
Eddie Pearce was Champion in 1968 and runner-up in 1969, while Mason Rudolph
was runner-up in 1949 and Champion in 1950.
Glen course was the longest -6,935 yards -ever used for the Junior Championship.
Two other records were tied in the qualifying rounds. Robert Donald, of
Athens, Ga., score 71-68-139, equalling the marks set by John Miller in
1964 at the Eugene (Ore.) Country Club. The 68 and the 139 total are both
record scores. The entry totaled 1,325.