Junior Tour of Northern California Fall Series II
Adobe Creek GC
August 24-25, 2013
The second tournament of the Junior Tour of Northern California’s Fall Series took place at Adobe Creek GC in Petaluma, Calif. over the weekend with some red-hot play in the boys championship flight as the top three finishers all finished 36 holes under-par. In the girls championship and boys first flight competitive battles occurred, while the girls first flight had a runaway winner.
Ryan Cuenca of San Jose had a stellar performance in the boys championship flight, firing a 36-hole score of 138, 6-under-par to win by three strokes. Cuenca was one off the lead after opening with a first round of 71, but he closed beautifully with a 5-under-par 67, which included six birdies and one bogey. Last week’s boys championship winner, Josh McCarthy, took second place with a 36-hole score of 141, 3-under-par. The Danville resident looked to be on his way to a second consecutive win after taking the 18-hole lead with a 2-under-par 70, but a final round 71, coupled with Cuenca’s outstanding play, had McCarthy settling as runner-up. Finishing with a score of 142, 2-under-par to earn third place was Deane Rinaldi of Santa Cruz. Rinaldi had back-to-back rounds of 71, which included seven birdies and an eagle over his two rounds.
Continuing her momentum from last week’s victory at Sierra Meadows GC, Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose added another victory at Adobe Creek GC on Sunday with a 36-hole score of 150, 6-over-par. Iqbal looked as if she would win by several strokes when she opened with a 1-under-par 71 for a four-shot lead, however, after a less than stellar final round of 7-over-par 79, Iqbal ended up winning by only two shots. Belinda Hu of San Ramon had the low final round score, a 2-over-par 74, to move up the leaderboard into second place. Hu’s 74 along with her first round 78 gave her a 152, 8-over-par total and move from fifth place to second place. Fellow San Ramon resident, Vivian Pang, earned third place with a 36-hole score of 154. Pang, who started the final round in a tie for third place after a first round 76, fired a final round of 78 to finish at 154, 10-over-par.
The most exciting finish of the four flights came in the boys first flight as Emerson Chambers of Yountville edged out Oakland’s Jason Brown on the last hole. Going into the last hole—No. 9—tied Chambers made a par, while Brown made bogey, giving Chambers the win with a 36-hole score of 148 to Brown’s 149. Chambers consistent play paid off as the Yountville resident fired back-to-back rounds of 74, which included a 2-under-par 34 over his final 9-holes. Brown, who played brilliantly in the first round with a 2-under-par 70, which included three birdies and one bogey, played several strokes worse in the final round to post a 79. Two players tied for third place as Daniel Kim and Andy Zhou finished with scores of 151, 7-over-par. Kim, however, earned the third place medal after a scorecard playoff, thanks to a final round of 2-under-par 70.
The one title not threatened in the final round occurred in the girls first flight as Emily Gosti won by a seven-stroke margin. The Fremont resident had consecutive rounds of 75, the low score of her flight for both rounds, to finish with a 150, 6-over-par total. Finishing in second place at 157 was Courtney Gaoiran of Vallejo with rounds of 79 and 78. Mira Yoo finished in third with a score of 158, matching Gosti’s low score of 75 on Sunday to go along with her first round of 83.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Adobe Creek GC for 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 its Fall Series with a visit to Stevinson Ranch GC in Stevinson for Fall Series III September 7-8.