Irvine Valley freshman golfer Kyle Melchiorre had a goal of earning all-state at the CCCAA State Championships at Kings Country Club in Hanford on Monday.
He played well, but came up a little short, finishing 15th overall with a final score of 6 over par 150.
Teeing off in the 9 a.m. final group of individual qualifiers, Melchiorre began his play on the very tough 190 yard par 3, hole number 10.
In 53 degree weather, he bogeyed three of his first four holes, playing holes 10 thru 18 in 3 over par.
Melchiorre rallied on holes one thru nine, posting a one under par score of 35, with two birdies and one bogey. He finished with a 2 over par score of 74 to tie for ninth.
Melchiorre was still in the hunt for all-state recognition.
Following a 30-minute lunch break, Melchiorre's afternoon round began on hole number one. Birdie putts refused to drop for the freshman. He played the first 15 holes at one over par. The final 3 holes were played in light rain with high 50's temperatures.
Melchiorre barely missed a par saving putt on hole 16. On hole 17, a 3 par, Melchiorre punched his shot into the breeze and was left with about an eight foot birdie putt.
That putt lipped out and Melchiorre missed the return putt, turning a birdie hole into a bogey.
On hole 18, his second shot came up short and left of the green. He hit a disappointing chip and was left with about a 20 foot par putt, which he barely missed.
Melchiorre's afternoon round ended with three straight bogeys for a score of 4 over par 76.
His 74/76 total of 150 left him three strokes behind the 147 that made the all-state team.
Coach Ben Burnett said Melchiorre is undecided about his plans for the future.
"He is seeking a Division I scholarship offer, but is also weighing the possibility of returning to IVC next season," Burnett said. "If Kyle does choose to return, he is a capable of competing for Player of the Year (in conference) and all-state honors."
Final State Results