Jr. Tour of No. California – Spring Series III – Diablo Grande GC – The Ranch Course
The story of the first round was the weather. All the families should be very proud of their players for slugging it out with a very tough golf course, and even tougher conditions. All the players had taken on that challenge with their heads held high, and faced those conditions head on. Regardless of their scores, finishing in conditions like that was a feat worth recognizing. Rain came and stayed for most of the first round, slowing down play as players slogged the rain, wind and cold. In fact, twenty three players didn’t finish and had to come back out Sunday morning to complete their first rounds. Sunday morning however brought better conditions and some better scores for the final round.
The Boys Championship Flight was able to complete their rounds and was led by Travis Rowney, who shot an unbelievable two under par 70. Jaskaran Sihota finished with a great score of 73, and Andrej Bevins and Ryan Han both came in with a three over par 75. The final round was completed under calm conditions, and Travis and Andrej rose to the top. Both were in a playoff for first place, tied at 146. Andrej birdied the first playoff hole to capture the victory. Bryson Dechambeau charged hard at the leaders on the second day, shooting a two under par 70, but finished in third place at 149.
The Boys First Flight was also able to complete their rounds on Saturday. Amay Poria continued his strong play by carding a 77. Carlo Maskarino was second after the first day with a score of 79, and John Fracisco was third with an 83. The final round found Carlo roaring back from second place, while Amay got tripped up a bit down the stretch. Carlo carded at final round 81, for a total of 160. That tied him with Bryce Yoshimoto, who shot a sizzling final round of 73 for a total of 160. Unfortunately for Bryce, he lost in the playoff with Carlo. Carlo took first place, Bryce came in second, and Amay slipped to third.
The Girls Championship Flight wasn’t able to finish their rounds, with six players who had to complete their first round on Sunday. Mariko Tumangan led the way with an incredible 71. Hannah Suh, coming off her victory a few weeks ago at the San Francisco City Championship, shot an impressive 74, and Carly Childs, who was one of the players to finish on Sunday morning, shot a very strong round of 76. Mariko Tumangan continued her strong play into the second round. She shot a three over 74 for a total of 145. Hannah Suh shot a fantastic round of 72, but unfortunately fell one shot back of Mariko. Hannah’s total of 146 was good enough for second place. Carly Childs also shot a sizzling final round of 72, and came in with a very strong showing for third place at 148.
The Girls First Flight had to finish their first round on Sunday morning. After all the first round cards came back, a tight race for first seemed to be in place. Lillian Torres was in first with an 85, Simar Singh was second with an 86, and Katherine Zhu was third with an 87. The final round was a very close race. Katherine Zhu shot a fine round of 82, for a two day total of 169. That actually tied Lillian Torres for first place who shot 85-84 for a total of 169. However, Katherine won the playoff by default. Simar Singh continued to record strong round after another. Her 86-85 rounds were good enough for third place at 171.
Winners of the Net Competition – Boys Championship Flight: SunWoo Choi; Boys First Flight: Andy Zhou; Girls Championship Flight: Mabel Wong; Girls First Flight: Marissa Apodaca
The Junior Tour continues at Hunter Ranch GC on April 9-10.