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Haram Shin of Marshall uses pitching wedge on final green to win City Section championship

Los Angeles Times — Eric Sondheimer Los Angeles Times

May 16--Down by two strokes with two holes to play in Tuesday's City Section golf championship, Diamond Lew of North Hollywood confidently told his coach, Steve Miller, walking to the 17th tee: "Birdie, birdie."

Sure enough, Lew delivered a birdie on No. 17 to close within one stroke of leader Haram Shin of Marshall.

Then came the par-4 No. 18 at Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park. Shin left his second shot about 50 feet from the flag but on the green. Lew drove his second shot into the sand trap after hooking his tee shot to the left.

In the big surprise, Shin pulled out his pitching wedge instead of his putter and sent the ball to within two feet of the cup, finishing up with a par and a three-under 69 to win the City championship as a sophomore. Lew suffered a bogey on the final hole and finished with a 71 in second place.

"I was putting end to end," Shin said. "There was a big slope in the middle of my putt, so I decided to use a wedge to kind of skip over that hill instead of risking hitting it way too far or too short with a putter."

Shin played error-free golf most of the day. He had three birdies and no bogeys.

"Hopefully it's the first of many more to come," he said of his championship.

Granada Hills won the team title over second-place Palisades.

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