Junior Tour of Northern California Fall Series III
Stevinson Ranch GC
The Junior Tour of Northern California continued its tournament season over the weekend with its Fall Series III event at Stevinson Ranch GC in Stevinson, Calif. Not surprisingly the demanding course—with its noticeably higher slope ratings from all sets of tees—yielded no under-par 36-hole totals as the scoring average was slightly higher across all flights than a usual week. It also proved to be important to get off to a quick start as all four winners happened to be first-round leaders of their respective flights.
The boys championship flight came closest to an under-par 36-hole total as Louie Chen of Fremont finished at even-par 144. Chen opened with a 2-under-par 70 in the first round, which included five birdies and three bogeys. Then in the final round, the 15-year-old posted a 2-over-par 74 scoring in an opposite fashion, making three birdies and five bogeys. The wire-to-wire victory for Chen couldn’t have afforded any more final round mistakes as second place and third place finishers finished one and two strokes back, respectively. Zach Smith of Pleasanton finished alone in second at 1-over-par 145, putting together rounds of 73 and 72, while Justin Avery of Clovis finished in third at 2-over-par 146, with rounds of 73 and 73. For fourth place finisher Jeffery Inouye-Wong, who missed out on placing by a single stroke at 3-over-par 147, it was likely a little disappointing that he finished outside the top-3, but a hole-in-one on the par-3 fourth hole in Saturday’s first round likely suppressed any disappointment.
In the girls championship flight, Samantha Hutchison of San Jose earned a three-stroke victory firing a 36-hole score of 6-over-par 150. Hutchison’ s victory, similar to Chen’s, was a wire-to-wire performance as she opened with a solid first round before shooting a few shots worse in the final round. The 2013 NCGA Junior Girls’ Champion opened with a 73 in the first round, which included four birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey, before closing with a 77 in the final round. Fellow San Jose resident Sabrina Iqbal tried to tally a third straight victory in the girls championship flight, but had to settle for a second place finish with a 9-over-par, 153 total. Iqbal, the Fall Series I and II winner, had the low final round score with a 75, three shots better than her first round score of 78. Also finishing at 9-over-par 153, but taking third place via a scorecard playoff, was 10-year-old Lucy Li of Redwood Shores. Li was alone in second place after opening with a 75 on Saturday, but played a few strokes worse in Sunday’s final round for a 78.
The boys first flight was also tightly contended with Andy Zhou of Palo Alto turning a one-stroke first-round lead into a two-stroke victory. Zhou finished 36 holes with a score of 7-over-par 151 by following the trends of other champions scoring slightly worse after a solid first round. Zhou opened play with a 2-over-par 74, which included five birdies, before closing with a 5-over-par 77. Bunched up behind him in a three-way tie for second place at 9-over-par 153 was Matthieu Lu of Castro Valley, Jin Hyuk Kim and Rajvir Bedi, both of San Jose. After a scorecard playoff Lu earned second place thanks to a final round of 73, following a first round 80. Taking home third place with rounds of 76 and 77 was Kim, while Bedi despite having matching rounds of 76 and 77 finished on the outside looking in alone in fourth place.
In the only flight that didn’t provide much dramatics, the girls first flight, Ashley Pan won by a 17-stroke margin after holding a 12-stroke first round lead. Pan of Moraga opened with a first round of even-par 72, a day which included 14 pars to go along with a pair of birdies and bogeys. Then in the final round, a 10-over-par 82, still held up as the low round of the day for her flight to expand her winning margin by even more. Finishing in second place at 27-over-par 171 was Lydia Tsai of Palo Alto, who had rounds of 84 and 87. Aishvarya Bedi took third place with a 36-hole score of 28-over-par 172, which included rounds of 89 and 83.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Stevinson Ranch 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 2013 season with a visit to Haggin Oaks GC in Sacramento for Fall Series IV September 14-15.