Jr Tour of Northern Calif – Fall Series III – Greenhorn Creek GC
The Junior Tour of Northern California continued its Fall Series at beautiful Greenhorn Creek Golf Club. The hidden gem in Angels Camp looked benign, as great weather and calm conditions appeared to provide ideal scoring conditions. However, on the first day of play, Greenhorn Creek showed the players that it’s no pushover. Many players fought the slick greens, and also raced to finish their rounds as the sun set behind the mountains, and darkness began to fall on the course.
The Girls Championship Flight was led by Carly Childs after the first day. Her up and down first round 76 was good enough for a one shot lead over Madelin Gedeon and Layney Silva, both of whom shot 77. Mabel Wong shot an 80, and found herself in the last group as well, four shots back of Carly.
Mabel Wong won the Girls Championship Flight with an amazing final round 72. Sunday’s round was marked by only two birdies, but her consistent play paid off as she tamed the beautiful, but difficult course. She came back from her first round 80 to overtake the lead and win by two strokes. Mabel’s total of 152 kept her clear of second place finisher, Madelin Gedeon, who shot 77-77 for a 154 total. Third place went to both Jessica Luo and Carly Childs. Jessica came out of nowhere to place third with her final round 74, while Carly stumbled a bit in her final round to fall to third.
The Boys Championship Flight was led by a pair of 73s, posted by Bryson Dechambeau and Steven Sunwoo Choi. They were joined in the final group by Travis Rowney and Andrej Bevins, who found themselves only one shot back at 74. Three more players were also tied for third after day one. Hunter Rappleye, Ryan Han and Matthew Kadiu all shot 74 as well on the first day to tie for third going into the final round.
The final round for the Boys Championship Flight was a tight battle among some very strong players. Out of the scrum emerged Ryan Han. He shot an incredible final round 68 for a two day total 142. He carded an unbelievable seven birdies as he cruised to his well-earned victory. If a 68 wasn’t good enough to impress the folks watching the action, then Ryan Knop wowed everyone even more when he bettered Ryan Han’s 68 with his own 67! Ryan Knop’s card was peppered with six birdies himself, as he tried to chase down the leaders, but fell a few shots short. Ryan Knop’s total of 145 left him tied with Hunter Rappleye. Ryan won second place in a card off. Hunter actually carded his own under par round of 71. Normally, Hunter’s total of 145 would have been good enough, but, unfortunately, just not this Sunday.
The Girls First Flight was led by Emily Hwang, who shot an amazing round of 74 on the first day. She held a seven stroke lead on her closest competitor, Aileen Jeong, who shot on 81. Yealimi Noh found herself in third place after the first day with her 83.
The Girls First Flight was won by Emily Hwang. She used her first round 75 and her big lead as she was relentless against her competitors, posting a final round 80 and cruised to a three shot victory over second place winner Aileen Jeong. Aileen shot a very strong final round 76, and tried to chase down Emily, but just fell three shots short. Third place went to Quynn Duong, who shot another strong final round of 78. Her total of 162 left her eight shots back of Emily.
The Boys First Flight leader was Max Ringrose, who shot an incredible 75 on the first day. He was five shots ahead of Ryan Garfield, who posted an 80, and six shots ahead of John Stenovec, who shot an 81.
The Boys First Flight champion was Max Ringrose. He, too, used his large lead after the first round to cruise to another victory. Although Max didn’t play as well as he had wanted to, his final round 80 was good enough to secure the victory. Allan Silveira ended up in second place after a card off with Ryan Garfield. Although both Allan and Ryan played respectably, they simply couldn’t catch Max. Allan’s rounds of 84-77, and Ryan’s consistent play with rounds of 80-81 left them both six shots back.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Greenhorn Creek Golf Course, its entire staff, the membership, and the NCGA volunteers for welcoming our juniors, making them feel at home, and creating a pleasant and enjoyable experience for them and their families. Members truly embraced the event, as many of them were out on the course cheering on the players, and were in awe of their abilities. All the members and the staff certainly hoped you all enjoyed yourselves.
The Junior Tour wraps up its Fall Series at Poppy Ridge next week. After that, we finish the year with our Tour Championship at Stevinson Ranch on October 29-30.