Potter wins his division at junior golf Worlds

Encinitas youngster Luke Potter, a rising golf star even before his 13th birthday, survived a three-way playoff on July 15 to take first place in the 11-12 boys division at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships.

Playing at the Sycuan Resort Oak Glen golf course beginning July 12, Potter got off to a blistering start with a 6-under 66 in the opening round, then shot 73s each of the next two days to finish at 4-under 212.

That 73 in the July 15 final round came thanks to a clutch finish that saw Potter bounce back from a forgettable front nine. After bogeying four of the first nine holes, with no birdies in that stretch, the Encinitas 12-year-old birdied Nos. 14, 16 and 18 to force the playoff against Chanachon Chokprajakchat (from Thailand) and San Diego’s Ryan Plodkowski.

Potter also impressed with his bogey-less first day that included a three-hole run of birdies on Nos. 13-15.