Jordan GeorgesonDec 27, 2022 3:30 PM Colfax High School sophomore Melia Gustavson put Colfax on the map last week, placing third at the 16th annual Future Champions Golf National Championships from Dec. 19-21 at Redhawk Golf Club in San Marcos.
The phenom finished behind Amy Lee of Langley, British Columbia, and Amy Han of Auckland, New Zealand. There were 63 golfers in the field, and 21 made the cut for the final day.
Gustavson shot 5-over-par 221 over the three-day event. She was the highest finishing member of the class of 2025 and highest ranking American in the field.
“I didn’t have a lot of expectations going into it,” Gustavson said. “I haven't really been practicing much this winter so I was just kind of doing it for fun and it was pretty good weather. I ended up playing pretty good.”
Gustavson was tied for third after the first day after shooting a 73 but lost ground after shooting a 75 on Tuesday. She bounced back with a 73 in the final round.
“It definitely helped my confidence. I just tried to not focus on any of the other players or my score or anything. I was just trying to play my own game and it worked,” Gustavson said, noting she had never played the course before her practice round. “I was just kind of winging it.”
“We thought it would just be a nice opportunity for her to just go down and try a different tournament and see how we do in Southern California with the better weather,” said Colfax golf coach and Gustavson’s mother, Mai-Ly Ramirez. “There are a lot of coaches that are at these tournaments and it was just a different experience than here.”
Gustavson qualified for the FCG World Championships from July 17-19 at the Westin Rancho Mirage Resort in Palm Springs. For now, Gustavson just wants to be a normal 15-year-old and enjoy the holidays before preparing for the World Championships.
“I'm just going to enjoy the rest of my break and then once I go back to school, I’ll start practicing and I'll have a couple tournaments,” Gustavson said. “Once spring starts, I'll really pick up the training.”