Junior Tour Summer Series I
Poppy Ridge GC
June 20-21, 2012
LIVERMORE – After two long days at Poppy Ridge, deserved winners came out on top in each flight. Good scoring conditions were in order for the first day of the tournament as winds were calm and temperatures pleasant. The second day, however, proved to be a different story. The morning wave of players were greeted with cold temperatures, and the wind began to pick up slightly. However, the morning wind was nothing compared to what the afternoon wave of players had to contend with. Winds consistently blew close to 40 miles per hour, with gusts higher than that. The Boys Championship Flight fought the winds on day two’s afternoon round. In order to decide a winner, the question was, who was going to survive the extremely difficult conditions, and manage his game and elements the best?
In the Boys Championship Flight, Justin Pagila squeezed out a one-shot victory over Eddy Lai (second place) and Amay Poria (third place). Pagila fired a fantastic first round of 69, and although he struggled with the elements during his second round with a 77, his 146, 2-over par total was good enough for that one-stroke victory. Lai found himself one shot back after the first round with his own 2-under par round of 70. He posted a great round of 77 on the second day, but finished one stroke back at 147, 3-over par. Poria fired terrific rounds of 73 and 75 to come in third place at 148. The low final round score belonged to Jacob Solomon, who under difficult conditions managed to fire a 73.
Casie Cathrea of Livermore won the Girls Championship Flight, and is quickly making the race for Girls Player of Year a close one between her and Carly Childs. Cathrea fired rounds of 71 and 73 for a 144 total to capture her fourth victory on the Junior Tour this year. She’s eyeing her third consecutive girls player of the year award, which will be no easy task as Childs continues to play well and rack up points of her own too. The Alameda resident’s very strong rounds of 73 and 75 were good enough for second place, four shots back at a 148 total. Third place went to Isabella Bosetti with a 149 total. Bosetti fired a fantastic final round of 73, matching Cathrea for low round of the day.
In the Boys First Flight, Grant Leppek came out on top. Leppek’s seven birdies for the two rounds enabled him to cruise to a five-shot victory with rounds of 75 and 74. Second place went to Amitesh Kataria. His total of 154 (78-76), actually left him tied with Jack Hill, who shot rounds of 75 and 79. However, through a scorecard playoff, Kataria captured second place, while Hill finished in third place.
In the Girls First Flight, Yealimi Noh captured yet another victory. Her 163 total (83-80) was good enough for a five-stroke victory over second place finisher Bibilani Liu (84-84), and third place finisher Kenness Cheung (80-89). Cheung actually was awarded third place due to a scorecard playoff with Emily Rotter, who also finished with a 169 total.
With the wins by Pagila and Cathrea, the two players each qualified for a respective spot at the 37th Junior PGA Championship at Sycamore Hills GC in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, Cathrea was already exempt for the event, so the qualifying spot went to second place finisher Childs. The Junior PGA Championship is a marquee event, which hosts approximately 150 junior players from across the country. Past participants include several current PGA and LPGA Tour regulars including Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie.
A special thanks, of course, goes to Poppy Ridge GC for their support of our juniors. With its marvelous facility and golf course, our appreciation goes to head golf professional Chris Bitticks and his staff for their contribution in the success of this week’s tournament.
Additionally, the Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank, of course, our title sponsor, Capital Insurance Group (CIG), for its generous support of our families, our players and our Tour. The Junior Tour of Northern California is part of the CIG Golf Program through which CIG has become a leader in the support of community golf programs.