Andre Bevins' audacious score was penned in red ink on the scoreboard of the 58th Bumgardner Junior Memorial.
A better idea — those numbers deserved a red carpet.
"I try to not give myself excuses," he said, "but it could have been better."
Bevins, an Elk Grove resident and soon-to-be sophomore at Christian Brothers High, triggered a rush for the archives Tuesday at the end Modesto's tradition-steeped junior tournament.
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His rounds of 67 and 69, for 8-under-par 136 from the tips at Del Rio Country Club, were believed to be a tournament record.
Bevins exhibits a quiet confidence befitting a young man who carries a plus-2.3 handicap at Wildhawk in Sacramento. Don Levin, the former PGA Tour pro and the father of current Tour member Spencer Levin, teaches Bevins, who must be following instructions.
He's the fourth youngster since 2004 to win the Bumgardner from the 14-15 flight, and he finished four strokes clear of Ripon sophomore and 16-17 champion Andrew Bonner (70-74--144).
If it's any consolation to Bonner, his 144 would have either won or tied the last six Bumgardners.
"I had to shoot 32 or 33 the last nine to beat him," said Bonner, the winner of the San Francisco City Junior last week. "He just played very well."
How well? Try this:
Monday's five-birdie no-bogey 67 was enhanced by only one birdie on a par-5, though he drained two 40-foot bombs.
Bevins cooled only slightly Tuesday and spiced his day with an eagle at the 497-yard 16th (No. 7 on Del Rio's Oak nine). He surprised himself by rolling a 280-yard 3-metal second shot to within five feet of the hole while the group ahead was still putting out.
He lipped out a 3-footer and bogeyed his final hole, an irrelevant mistake.
"I shot two 78s here last year. I remember being tired and not making any putts," the 6-foot-1 Bevins recalled. "I've picked up about 20 yards since then."
A little background: Bevins was the top player for a Christian Brothers team that placed fourth in the state last spring. Earlier this summer, he shot 70-65 at Ancil Hoffman to dominate the Sacramento County Junior.
This just in: He's not afraid to go low.
The girls division was not decided until the final stroke. Hannah Sodersten (78-75--153), a junior at Clovis East, holed a downhill 8-foot birdie putt to outlast Rachelle Reali of Livermore and Madchen Ly of Clovis by two strokes.
Sodersten took advantage of the absence of Enochs junior Shawnee Martinez, the 2008 and '09 Bumgardner champion taking part in the America's Cup competition this week in San Diego.
Regardless, Sodersten recovered from three bogeys down the stretch and clinched with that closing birdie. Her reward was a family vacation to South Lake Tahoe.
"I figured if I made a par on the last hole, that would be good," she said. "Making birdie was great."
A subplot was supplied by 13-year-old Mabel Wong of Oakdale, whose 72 was the tournament's best round by a girl.
Wong (83-72--155), who traveled to North Carolina last week for the U.S. Girls Junior, finished about 90 minutes ahead of her older rivals and nearly stole away with the overall title. Instead, she tied for second overall and easily claimed her 12-14 flight.
"I met a lot of new people (at the U.S. Junior)," said Wong, one of the shining lights of The First Tee of Modesto program. "The weather was so humid. We got called in because of thunderstorms during the practice rounds."
Weather wasn't an issue at Del Rio, where the operative color was red — Bevins red.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at email@example.com or 578-2302.