Northern California Junior Players Championship
Rancho Canada GC
July 10-11, 2013
CARMEL – Tyler Collier and Mabel Wong became the 2013 boys’ and girls’ overall champions of Northern California Junior Players Championship on Thursday at Rancho Canada GC. The popular event among Northern California juniors in its seventh year in existence features a modified stableford scoring system where players receive eight points for eagles, four points for birdies, two points for pars and one point for bogey.
Collier won the overall boys title with a two-day score of 89 points, scoring 43 points the first day and 46 points in today’s final round. Every point proved to be critical in Collier’s win as he beat two other players by a single point.
“I hit the ball really well both days, but didn’t putt as well as I would have liked,” said Collier. “My ball-striking really carried me.”
Finishing in second place overall and first place overall in the boys 15-17 flight was Shintaro Ban of San Jose at 88 points. Ban needed a four-hole sudden-death playoff to claim top prize in the boys 15-17 division, beating out Cody Riecks who also finished at 88 points, and took home second place. Third place finisher of the boys 15-17 division was James Trevino, who tallied up 86 points over the two dyas.
Mabel Wong, who won the girls overall title two years ago as a 14-year-old, won her second title with a two day score of 80 points. After scoring 37 points on the first day Wong scored 43 points in the final round to win by four points.
“I was really glad to win it again,” said Wong. “I wasn’t playing well leading up to this event, but I’ve been starting to play better.”
The 16-year-old from Oakdale definitely could have won by more if it wasn’t for a two-stroke penalty that occurred in the round when she played from the wrong teeing ground. However, Wong didn’t let that affect her.
“I was mad about it, but what happens, happens,” she said.
Finishing first in the girls 15-17 division was Jessica Fore with 76 points, scoring 34 points in the first round and 42 in the final round. Brooke Riley earned second place with a total of 72 points, which included point totals of 37 and 35. In third place was recently crowned NCGA Junior Girls’ champion Samantha Hutchison at 70 points, with back-to-back days of 35 points.
Winning in a sudden-death playoff in the boys 14-15 division to take home the first place medal was Ryan Slater as he beat Robert Briggs. Slater and Briggs both finished with two-day point totals of 83 points. In third place was Noah Norton at 81 points.
The boys 12-13 division was won by Ryan Grauman with a two-day total of 80 points. In second place was Tom Hutchison with 75 points, while third place went to David Trevino at 70 points. In the girls 12-14 division Jessica Luo won with 75 points, scoring 29 points in the first round and 46 points in the final round. Second place went to Emily Gosti at 65 points and third place went to Jacqueline Ngo with 64 points.