6th Annual Junior Tour of Northern California Championship
July 31 – August 1, 2013
Bayonet / Black Horse GC
August 1, 2013
SEASIDE, Calif. – The 2013 Junior Tour of Northern California wrapped up its points’ season at Bayonet / Black Horse GC on Thursday with the 6th Annual Junior Tour of Northern California Championship. Not only were winners of four different flights honored, but the top two players of the 2013 JTNC season were decided.
The boys championship flight offered the most exhilarating finish as three players were tied atop the leaderboard after 36 holes with a score of 144, even-par. Nicklaus Rivera, Tharusyan Pillay and William Brueckner all squared off in a sudden-death playoff with Rivera of Redding coming out on top after the third playoff hole. Brueckner was the first to be eliminated when he made par on the par-5 10th while Rivera and Pillay birdied. After exchanging pars on the par-4 11th, Pillay failed to get up-and-down for par and took a bogey on the par-4 12th, allowing Rivera to win with a par.
In the girls championship flight Katherine Sborov finished her Junior Tour career the best way one could, taking a two-shot victory with a score of 153, nine-over-par. After opening with a score of 79 on the Black Horse-18 on Wednesday, the Pleasanton resident fired a final round 74 on the Bayonet-18 to jump to the top of the leaderboard. Two players finished tied for second at 155, Jessica Luo of San Jose and Sara Scarlett of Woodland. Luo took home the second place medal after a scorecard playoff, posting rounds of 78 and 77. Scarlett, who walked away with the third place medal, improved nicely in her final round firing a 75 after opening with an 80.
Winning the boys first flight was Ryan Vaughn with a score of 154, 10-over-par, three shots better than his nearest competitor. The San Jose resident won thanks to some solid play on Thursday, firing a 74 after opening with an 80 on Wednesday. Finishing in second place was Joseph Zhang at 157, 13-over-par, who put together rounds of 81 and 76. Two players, Grant Leppek and Kent Kap, tied for third at 158, but after a scorecard playoff Leppek was awarded the medal posting rounds of 81 and 77.
The girls first flight provided a wire-to-wire winner as Taylor Robles of Livermore held on to win by a single shot. Robles, who opened with a first round score of 79 on Black Horse GC, struggled on Bayonet GC on Thursday firing an 89 to finish at 168, 24-over-par. Still, because of her exceptional play the first day, and some pedestrian scores from her fellow-competitors, the Livermore resident came away the champion. Ashley Pan finished in second place at 169, having followed her first round of 82 with an 89. In third place was Emily Gosti at 173, posting rounds of 86 and 87.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Bayonet / Black Horse 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 2014 JTNC points’ season is right around the corner with Fall Series I taking place at Sierra Meadows GC in Ahwahnee on August 17-18. For more information please go to www.jtnc.org.