NCGA Junior Championship
Spyglass Hill GC
July 8-9, 2013
July 9, 2013
by Spencer Sorensen
PEBBLE BEACH – Corey Pereira redeemed himself on Tuesday at Spyglass Hill in the 84th Annual NCGA Junior Championship. It was only a year ago that Pereira lost to Taylor Bromley in a sudden-death playoff, but now a year later in his final year of eligibility, Pereira has an NCGA Junior title to his name.
“It feels great to actually get it done this year,” said Pereira. “I didn’t play so well this round—the last round—but I just went through my process and kept hitting good shots and grinding it out.”
After scorching the course on Monday with rounds of 68 and 69, Pereira struggled a bit on Tuesday, firing a three-over-par 75. Still, the 18-year-old from Cameron Park finished with a 54-hole total of 212, four-under-par total to win by a single shot, on a day where scores were noticeably higher.
“It means a lot [to win],” he said. “You don’t just win by playing average and other people playing bad, you win by playing well and felt like I played really well.”
Pereira, who has had an impressive summer already sharing medalist honors at the 102nd Annual California State Amateur three weeks prior, will now take the next big step in his golfing career as he’ll attend the University of Washington on a golf scholarship this fall.
Finishing right behind Pereira at 213, three-under-par was Andrej Bevins. The 18-year-old from Elk Grove followed his rounds of 74 and 66, with 73 to come up just shy of a victory. However, despite finishing second place in the boys overall championship, Bevins was awarded the first place medal for the boys 16-18 division.
Taking second place in the boys 16-18 division, after having played with Pereira and Bevins in the final group, was Ryan Knop of Pleasanton. The 16-year-old followed his rounds of 69 and 70 with a 77 on Tuesday to finish at 216, even-par. Tied for third place in the boys 16-18 division was Sebastain Crampton of Pacific Grove and Mill Valley’s Jonathan Shaw at 217, one-over-par. Crampton followed rounds of 73 and 70 with a 74 on Tuesday, while Shaw fired the low round Tuesday, a one-under-par 71, to jump up the leaderboard after rounds of 75 and 71 on Monday.
In the girls division, Samantha Hutchison captured the title by following her first round 75 with a 77 on Tuesday for a 152, eight-over-par 36-hole total. Going into the day tied for the lead with Amanjoty Sangha, Hutchinson battled with Sangha over the first nine holes, but seized her first lead after a bogey on the par-4 second by Sangha. From that point forward Hutchinson held on and only made one bogey on the back-nine to take a two-shot victory.
“My heart was racing,” said Hutchison of having the lead down the stretch. “I was nervous, but I pulled through.”
The 16-year-old from San Jose will be a junior next year at Pioneer High School and was pleased to add her name to NCGA history in only her second appearance in this event.
“It really means a lot [to win],” she said. “It’s something that I can look back on.”
With Sangha taking second place at 154, 10-over-par, there was a tie for third place at 158, 14-over-par. Samantha Gong had rounds of 80 and 78 to move into a tie for third and similarly Chloe Corriveau had a solid final round of 76 after a first round of 82 to move up the leaderboard.
In the boys 14-15 age division Joshua Sedeno edged out 36-hole leader Robert Briggs by a single shot to take top prize. Sedeno fired a 54-hole total of 225, nine-over-par to beat Briggs at 226, 10-over-par.
The Roseville resident scored three shots better than any of the 11 other players in his division firing a final round of one-over-par 73 after rounds of 78 and 74 on Monday. Briggs on the other hand followed his rounds of 78 and 71 with a 77 on Tuesday. In a tie for third place at 230, 14-over-par was Alexander Tinsay-Roxas and Louie Chen. Tinsay-Roxas followed his first round scores of 76 and 78 with a 76, while Chen followed his rounds of 79 and 72 with a 79.
The boys 13 and under division needed a sudden-death playoff to decide its champion as Lucas Carper and Brendan Hy were tied after 36 holes each with a score of 152, eight-over-par. After exchanging pars on the first two playoff holes (Nos. 10 and 9), Carper won the playoff on the third playoff hole (No. 10) with a bogey. Taking third place and missing the playoff by a single stroke was Andy Zhou, who finished with a 36-hole score of 153, nine-over-par, with rounds of 75 and 78.
July 8, 2013
by Spencer Sorensen
PEBBLE BEACH – The first round of the 84th Annual NCGA Junior Championship took place Monday at Spyglass Hill GC, and after the completion of all flights, tomorrow’s final round looks to be promising across the board.
In the 16-18 year-old division of the boys championship flight, several under scores were posted as players took advantage of ideal conditions at Spyglass, with little or no wind throughout the day. Nobody was better than Corey Pereira of Cameron Park, who holds a two-stroke lead going into tomorrow’s final round, having posted a 36-hole score of 137, seven-under-par.
Taking the 18-hole lead after the morning round with a four-under-par 68, which included five birdies and one bogey, Pereira only slowed down a fraction in the afternoon posting a three-under-par 69, with four birdies and one bogey. Having lost the Junior Championship last year in a playoff to Taylor Bromley, Pereira feels confident going into tomorrow’s final round with the lead.
“Last year proved that I could play the course pretty well, and I think I’m better than last year, so I’m excited to play tomorrow,” said Pereira, who shared medalist honors less than three weeks ago in the 102nd Annual California State Amateur.
The player with the best chance to catch Pereira being only two strokes back at 139, five-under-par is Ryan Knop of Pleasanton, who had rounds of 69 and 70 on Monday. The 16-year-old had an incredible start to his day, quickly getting to four-under-par after his first five holes, making an eagle on No. 11 and birdies on Nos. 12 and 14. From that point forward, Knop played his final 31 holes one-under-par converting seven birdies and six bogeys.
“After that quick start I just tried to stay in the moment and play one shot at a time, and not get ahead of myself,” he said.
Alone in third place and joining Pereira and Knop in the final group of tomorrow’s round is Andrej Bevins, who posted a 36-hole score of 140, four-under-par. Bevins had polar opposite rounds, scoring a two-over-par 74 in the morning and a six-under-par 66 in the afternoon. The 2012 Hanna-Wehrman Cup team member got rid of his demons from his morning round (two bogeys and a double bogey) and followed it with a bogey-free 66 in the afternoon, which consisted of six birdies.
“The difference was my ball striking,” said Bevins. “I actually started hitting good shots in the afternoon.”
Tied for fourth place and also with an under-par total are Isaiah Salinda and Seb Crampton, who are currently at 143, one-under-par. Salinda of South San Francisco finished with a 143 with rounds of 69 and 74, while Crampton had a 73 in the morning and followed it with a 70 in the afternoon.
While too distant from the overall title Robert Briggs is in position to win the boys 14-15 division with a 36-hole score of 149, five-over-par. Briggs posted rounds of 78 and 71 for the only sub-150 total in his division and will have a one-shot lead going into tomorrow. Josh Sedeno is in second place at 150, six-over-par with rounds of 78 and 72, while Louie Chen and Johnny Churton are tied for third at 151.
Cuts were made in both of the divisions with the top-24 and ties surviving in the boys 16-18 division, while the top-12 and ties advanced in the boys 14-15 division. The cut in the boys 16-18 division came at 154, 10-over par with 26 players advancing to tomorrow’s final round, while the cut for the boys 14-15 division fell at 160 with exactly 12 players advancing.
In the girls division there’s a tie atop the leaderboard as Amanjoty Sangha and Samantha Hutchinson both fired rounds of three-over-par 75 Monday morning.
Hutchinson, who was the first to post, scored her round of 75 with one birdie and four bogeys on the day. The 16-year-old had two bogeys on the front nine on Nos. 4 and 8 to make the turn with a 38. Then on the back nine the San Jose resident started off with a birdie on the par-5 11th before taking bogeys on the 13th and 17th to fire a 37 on the back nine.
Sangha, who finished a little more than a half-hour later, had a much more volatile round with three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey. The 15-year-old started off fairly steady on the front nine making bogeys on Nos. 6 and 9 and converting a birdie on No. 7 to turn with a 37. On the back-nine the San Mateo resident’s card was much more back-and-forth, making bogeys on Nos. 10 and 14, birdies on Nos. 13 and 17, with her double-bogey occurring on the 16th hole, to score a 38.
Sangha believes she needs better wedge play to compete for the title tomorrow and realizes that today’s round was bolstered by her short game.
“I think my chipping worked well for me today,” said Sangha.
Hutchinson and Sangha will tee off in the final group of the girls’ division at 8:50 a.m. off No. 10 on Tuesday along with Bibilani Liu, who’s in third place after a six-over-par 78.
In the boys 13 and under division Moibhi Tyndall has a one stroke lead over the competition with a score of two-over-par 74. Tyndall’s round included five bogeys and three birdies on the day, starting his round and ending his round strong. Beginning on the No. 10 tee, Tyndall made a birdie No. 11 and then made five bogeys over the next 12 holes on Nos. 14, 18, 1, 3 and 4, before closing with birdies on Nos. 6 and 7.
Right behind Tyndall at three-over-par 75 is Andy Zhou. The third player joining Tyndall and Zhou in the final group at 9:20 a.m. off No. 10 is Grant Leppek, who fired a four-over-par 76.
Play will begin off both tees Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. with the boys championship division beginning play off No. 1, while the girls flight and boys 13 and under flight will start off No. 10.