Jr. Tour of Nor Calif. – Spring Series V – Oakdale GCC
On behalf of the NCPGA, the families and the players, the NCGA would like to extend our appreciation to Oakdale GCC and its membership for welcoming our juniors onto such a great venue and having them enjoy such a wonderful golf track.
Players truly enjoyed the scenic yet challenging course over the weekend. Sunny skies and eighty degree weather greeted players at Oakdale, but low scores were not the norm. Players definitely had to bring out their “A” games to shoot well.
In the Boys Championship Flight, one of the boys who brought an impressive game was Ryan Han. Ryan and Steven Sunwoo Choi led the way after the first round with sizzling rounds of 70. As Sunwoo continued to step up his game in 2011, Ryan’s 70 marked his lowest round in an NCGA tournament. Justin Suh nearly matched the two leaders with his own one under par 71, and Seonghyun Woo found himself playing in the final grouping with his own even par 72. On day two, Ryan’s lowest round in an NCGA tournament didn’t last very long. He backed up his 70 with an even more impressive 69! His five birdie and two bogey round was more than enough for his first victory on the Junior Tour this year. Justin Suh played some very strong golf as well. His front nine 33 kept him in the hunt for awhile, but it was too difficult to catch the sizzling hot Ryan Han. Justin eventually shot 74 on Sunday to finish in second place at 145. Eddy Lai finished strong with a tremendous round of 71 on Sunday. He and Ryan were the only under par rounds for the boys championship flight. Eddy finished in third place at 147.
The Boys First Flight found Ryan Johnson, Andy Zhou, Scott Mitchell and Bryce Yoshimoto leading the way after the first day. Ryan continued his strong play in 2011 with an opening round of 75. Andy matched him with a 75 of his own, and Bryce and Scott, just one shot back with their 76s, were in hot pursuit of the leaders. The final day proved to be a tight race for first place. Ashkaan Hakim came roaring from behind the pack to win the first flight. He shot an unbelievable round of 71 on Sunday; it was the only under par round for the boys first flight. It was a tremendous day for our winner, who ended up with a total of 149 and winning by two shots over second place finisher Ryan Johnson. Ryan’s consistent play landed him a 76 on Sunday, for a total of 151, two shots back of Ashkaan. Andy Zhou continued to improve his play as well this year, with a final round score of 77. His solid and consistent scores put him in third place at 152.
The Girls Championship Flight had a couple of familiar names and one new comer at the top after the first day. Grace Park led the way with a tremendous round of 71. Grace carded five birdies to take a one shot lead over Casie Cathrea, who had three birdies on her own card, and was one shot back at even par 72. Hannah Suh and Mabel Wong each shot 76 and were tied for third place. The final day ended with a familiar name at the top. Casie Cathrea shot a final round 70 to cruise to another win on the Junior Tour. Her total of 142 was good enough for a five shot victory over Grace Park, who shot a very solid round of 76 for a total of 147. Mabel Wong also continued her string of impressive rounds. Her Sunday round of even par 72, left her with a total of 148, and in third place.
The Girls First Flight was led by ten year old Tyler Akabane. Despite a triple bogey on the 10th hole, Tyler shot an incredible round of 78 on the first day to lead by three strokes over eleven year old Katherine Zhu, and thirteen year old Jessie Rong, both of whom shot 81. Jessica Luo, coming off her victory at Hunter Ranch a week ago, shot an 82, to be in the final group for the final round. The final day belonged to Tyler Akabane however. Tyler’s solid play and consistency showed on Sunday, as she simply would not relinquish the lead. She backed up her first round 78 with an even better round of 77 on Sunday and won by two strokes. Janelle Reali came out of nowhere to finish in second place. Janelle dug in on two day and overcame an uncharacteristic 84 on the first day to shoot a tremendous score of 73 on Sunday. Janelle gave the leader a run for her money for sure, and Janelle’s total of 157 gave her a very respectable second place finish. Jessica Luo was another model of consistency. Her 82-81 scores were good enough to place her in third with a total of 163. Katherine Zhu tied for third as well, as she continues to play well and place in our junior events. Katherine shot 81-82.
Net Winners: Boys Championship Flight – Robert Briggs; Boys First Flight – Austin Popa and Mikey Slesinski (tied); Girls Championship Flight – Isabella Bosetti; Girls First Flight – Hailey Murrieta
After a week off during Easter weekend, the Junior Tour concludes its Spring Series at Oakmont GC in Santa Rosa on April 30-May 1.