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Stockdale's Chang second in section golf tournament

Stockdale High's Michael Chang gets a birdie on the 18th to follow a birdie on the 17th during the Central Section Boys Golf Individual Championship held at Buena Vista Golf Course near Taft Monday.

TAFT — Stockdale junior Michael Chang needed one more putt to drop Monday at Mifflin-Buena Vista Golf Course.

One more would have put him in a playoff with Clovis North’s Kyle Stewart for the Central Section individual boys golf championship.

Instead, Chang shot about the most painful 68 possible — if a 4-under-par score can be considered painful — with a bogey on his penultimate hole dropping him into second.

“It’s rough,” he said. “I hadn’t been making putts all day and kept waiting for them to drop.

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