Junior Tour Fall Series IV
Greenhork Creek GC
October 6-7, 2012
The Junior Tour continued its Fall Series at beautiful Greenhorn Creek Golf Course in Angels Camp, Calif. The gorgeous setting in the Sierra foothills belied its difficult layout and slick greens. Many players struggled to find their games, however one player who had no trouble was Scott Munger of Danville. Munger shattered the course record by four shots, when he posted his unbelievable round of 10-under par 62. His round was highlighted by six birdies, three eagles, and even two bogeys. His fellow competitors, Ryan Knop and Josh Keplinger were high fiving him after his third eagle of the day on No. 18. Munger started the shotgun on No. 3, and after the eagle on the 18th, he was eight under and wasn’t done. The 17-year-old promptly birdied his last two holes of the day, giving him a 28 on the front nine, along with his 34 on the back nine for his 62. It’s a round he’ll never forget.
Munger came into the final round, and as strange as it sounds, had to protect a nine-stroke lead. His nearest competitor was Cameron Park’s Corey Pereira who fired a first round 71, and Justin Suh of San Jose who shot even-par 72. The three were paired together, but Sunday was a different story for Munger. He opened his front nine with a 43, while Pereira fired a 34, and Pereira got to within two strokes of the first round leader on the back nine. However, Munger righted the ship on the back nine with an even-par 36, while Pereira got an unlucky break on No. 17 and double bogeyed the hole. With that, Munger was able to breathe a bit easier and cruise home with a 141 total and a three shot victory over Pereira. Suh finished in third via a scorecard playoff, as he finished regulation tied with Steven Sunwoo Choi of Dublin and David Na of Alameda at 146.
Although the Girls Championship Flight didn’t have as exciting a finish, a couple of players were still able to go low. The low score of final round went to Chloe Corriveau who posted a terrific one-under par 71, which was highlighted with a finish that would make any golfer proud. Starting on No. 10, she finished her round on the front nine, and birdied the final four holes in a row and five of the last six to shoot a front nine 32. After a disappointing first round 81, Corriveau felt more comfortable on Sunday after seeing the course for the first time on Saturday. She came back strong and raced up the leader board to finish in second place behind Mabel Wong. With rounds of 75-74, her steady play was highlighted by six birdies over the weekend. Wong ended up winning easily by three strokes over Corriveau, with Sarah Debnekoff coming in third at 154.
Not to be outdone, the Boys First Flight had its own player go low as well. Kyle Stewart carded an amazing 65 on Sunday, which was highlighted by an unbelievable 10 birdies. His 65 on Sunday made it look like he struggled the day before when he shot a first round 74. His 139 total lapped the field, as Stewart won by 13 strokes. Alex Zhu had a great showing with rounds of 76-76, and on any other day, may have even won, but unfortunately for Zhu, Stewart was too tough this weekend. Devrath Das tied Zhu at 152 with rounds of 74 and 78, taking home the third place medal after a scorecard playoff.
The Girls First Flight was very small this weekend, with only two competitors unfortunately. Aishvarya Bedi and Jessica Jeong battled it out over the two days, with Jessica winning first place with rounds of 79-83 for a 162 total, while Aishvarya fired rounds of 87-93 for a 182 total and second place.
Additionally, we’d like to congratulate Danville’s Cameron Aiton of the Boys Championship Flight for his first hole-in-one on the downhill par-3 13th hole.
The Junior Tour would like to thank Greenhorn Creek GC for supporting the JTNC on its beautiful golf course. Head professional Allan Ramorini and his staff were so welcoming to our players and families. We’ll be hard-pressed to find another venue that made all our players feel as welcomed as Greenhorn Creek did this past weekend. In fact, a wonderful Greenhorn Creek member baked over two hundred chocolate chip cookies for our players that were given out at the starting tees on Sunday. After the tournament, one player was overheard saying, “The greens were great; the course was challenging; I played lousy, and I’m definitely coming back next year!”
The 2012 JTNC season will continue this weekend October 12-13, with Fall Series V at Poppy Ridge GC.