Junior Tour of Northern California Spring Series IX
Boundary Oak GC
May 25-26, 2013
The Junior Tour of Northern California wrapped up its Spring Series at Boundary Oak GC over Memorial Day weekend. The tournament provided plenty of fireworks including a six-shot comeback and sudden-death playoff victory in the boys championship flight by Nicholas Turner.
William Brueckner, a Walnut Creek resident, had an exceptional opening round of five-under par 67 on Saturday, which included six birdies and a bogey, to seize a five-shot lead over his nearest competition. However, as Brueckner struggled to a 75 on Sunday, Turner of Reno, Nev. followed his opening round 73, with a three-under par 69 to tie Brueckner at 142, two-under par, forcing a sudden-death playoff. After the first hole of playoff, Turner made the comeback complete scoring a birdie, while Brueckner made par. Turner’s impressive play over 36 holes of play included 11 birdies, seven of those in the final round, not to mention his 12th and most important birdie that came in the playoff on the 37th hole. Finishing in third place at 145, one-over par and adding to his stack of medals was Nick Rogers of Santa Rosa. Rogers, who earned a medal in his fifth straight JTNC event, and has won six in the year’s first nine events, did so with rounds of 72 and 73.
In the girls championship flight, Jessica Luo of San Jose broke through to become a first-time winner in 2013, with a two-day score of 150. Luo went wire to wire to win the girls championship flight, opening with a round of one-over par 73 and following it with a score of five-over par 77, to win by two shots. Finishing in second at 152, eight-over par was Katherine Sborov of Pleasanton. Sborov was only one shot back of the lead after a first round 74, but she too found Sunday conditions to be tougher as she fired a final round 78. Improving from Saturday to Sunday and vaulting up the leaderboard to finish alone in third place was Sarah Debnekoff of Rancho Cordova. Debnekoff, who started the final round in seventh place after an opening round of 80, played lights out Sunday with a one-over par 73 to finish at 153, nine-over par.
Brendan Hy of San Ramon won the boys first flight by three strokes with a 36-hole score of 147. Hy took a commanding six-stroke lead after Saturday’s first round, firing a one-under par 71, which included eight birdies. His final round of 76 was enough to stave off a charging Rajvir Bedi, who vaulted up the leaderboard to earn second place. Bedi of San Jose very well could have been the winner, if not for a mediocre first round. After opening with an 81, Bedi posted a three-under par 69, which included five birdies, to finish 36 holes at 150, six-over par. Brendan Hopkins of Danville earned third place with a two-day total of 154, 10-over par. After a first round 79, Hopkins started Sunday’s final round in a three-way tie for fourth place, but a 75 on Sunday gave him the separation he needed for a top-three finish.
In the girls first flight, Jasmine Hsu of Fremont took top prize with a 36-hole score of 155. Hsu, who started the final round alone in third place after an opening round of 79, fired a final round 76 to win in runaway fashion. Five shots back at 160 was Naomi Lee of Menlo Park. Lee, who started the final round in a tie for first place after a 77, fell back with an 83 on Sunday. Similarly, Sophia Hui of Dublin, who started the day tied for first with Lee, followed her 77 with an 84 to finish at 161 and alone in third place.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Boundary Oak GC in hosting a JTNC event. The JTNC would like to also thank, our title sponsor, Capital Insurance Group (CIG), for its generous support of our families, our players and our Tour. The JTNC is part of the CIG Golf Program through which CIG has become a leader in the support of community golf programs. Additionally, the JTNC would like to thank Cleveland/Srixon Golf for its sponsorship.
The Junior Tour of Northern California will continue the 2013 season with a visit to El Macero CC in El Macero, Calif. for Summer Series I, June 10-11.