Jr Tour of Northern Calif. – Summer Series V – Poppy Hills
Poppy Hills GC
August 1-2, 2011
August 2, 2011
PEBBLE BEACH – Justin Marchiando and Chloe Corriveau won the Junior Tour Summer Series V Boys’ and Girls’ Championship Flights at Poppy Hills Tuesday. The two similarly are Monterey County natives, yet conversely they won their respective flights in two different fashions.
Marchiando went wire-to-wire with his win posting a two-day total of 139, winning by a margin of nine strokes. Marchiando had a seven shot lead coming into the day after posting a score of 68 4-under par Monday afternoon.
“I just wanted to make sure I posted a good score today to make sure I finished this off,” he said.
Marchiando started slow as he bogeyed holes three and five, but he was able to get a stroke back birdying number seven, only to relinquish it on the rather innocuous par-5 ninth with a bogey going out in 38. However, on the back nine Marchiando made three birdies on the back (13, 16 and 18) to post a 1-under 71.
“I was just making the shots I wanted to on the back and made some putts,” said Marchiando, who until recently when his family moved from Carmel to Fresno, claimed Poppy Hills as his home course having played it a few dozen times.
Monterey’s Corriveau, who plays often at Poppy Hills as well, started the day four shots off the lead and in a tie for fifth place. As those ahead of her struggled with higher scores for the day, she scored much better posting a 4-over 76 Tuesday.
“I’m kind of the person that just puts the past behind them,” she said, explaining her improvement from a Monday score of 81.
The key to Corriveau’s victory were back-to-back birdies on the par-5s ninth and 10th holes. The rest of her round included minimal mistakes with three bogeys and five pars on each nine.
“It feels good to win because this is kind of my home course,” she said.
Finishing in second place in the Boys’ Championship Flight was Sergio Rios, who posted the low score of the day with a 3-under 69. His scorecard read 5 birdies and an eagle to go along with 2 bogeys and a double-bogey. In third was Russell Takeuchi following Monday’s 75 with a 76 for a two-day total 151.
Monique Riley finished in second place two shots back in the Girls’ Championship Flight with a 36-hole score of 159. Taylor Bickell finished alone in third with after posting consecutive 80s. Both Bickell and Riley started the day in a three-way tie for second (along with Isabella Bosetti) and trailed first round leader Michelle Xie of Palo Alto by three shots. Xie finished alone in fourth following her first round 77 with a final round 85.
The Boys’ and Girls’ First Flights conclude later this afternoon. After the first round Napa’s Joseph Bosetti and St. Helena’s Ryan Johnson led the Boys’ First Flight with scores of 77, 5-over par; the Girls’ First Flight Angela Liu and Jessica Luo, both from San Jose, were tied for first after each posted a score of 80, 8-over par, Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, the Boys First Flight was won by Ryan Johnson, who shot a solid 78 for a two day total of 155. Second place winner Joe Bosetti finished with an 81 for a two day total of 158, and Justin Avery and Jack Richardson shot 79 and 80 respectively to finish tied for third place.
The Girls First Flight was won by Angela Liu. Angela shot a final round 78 to finish at 158. Jessica Luo posted a final round 84 to finish in second place at 164. Erin Sweeney and Christine Kim came in tied for third place at 169.
The Junior Tour continues its summer series next week at San Jose Country Club on August 8-9.