2013 JTNC Players of the Year
2013 Junior Tour of Northern California Players of the Year
Boys’ Player of the Year
What a difference a year can make. Justin Suh arrived on the JTNC radar in the 2012 season finishing the season 13th on the points list as a 14- and 15-year-old, but in 2013 Suh, as a 15- and 16-year-old, ran away with the title winning by several hundred points.
The San Jose resident’s year was highlighted by two JTNC wins, winning Fall Series V at Poppy Ridge GC and Fall Series III at Eagle Ridge in a three-player sudden-death playoff. Additionally, the rising junior at Evergreen Valley High School won the JGANC Match Play Championship this summer as well as the 2013 AJGA Junior at Ruby Hills. Most recently, Suh competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Martis Camp where he made it to the round of 16, playing against some of the best junior golfers in the world.
With Suh becoming the 2013 JTNC Boys’ Player of the Year he adds his name to the history books in a unique way. He and his older sister Hannah, who won the girls title in 2009, become the first set of siblings to win player of the year titles.
Girls’ Junior Player of the Year
In the Junior Tour of Northern California’s short existence, there arguably hasn’t been a better junior golfer to come through than Casie Cathrea. The Livermore resident ended her JTNC career with a bang winning a third title in four years (2010, ’11 and ’13).
The incoming freshman at Oklahoma State University had an extremely impressive summer, including on golf’s biggest stage. Cathrea not only qualified and made the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open Championship at Sebonack GC, but she earned low amateur honors finishing tied for 25th place. More recently, the 17-year-old competed in the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship where she fell in the quarterfinals.
Despite the national events Cathrea played in, she made her mark on the JTNC by winning three events in the 2013 season. After winning Fall Series I at Haggin Oaks GC and Fall Series II at Mather GC to begin the season, Cathrea added her third victory at Castlewood CC in Spring Series III. In between those victories she also captured her first San Francisco City Championship women’s title, a championship that’s eluded her in previous tries.
Cathrea remains the only multiple JTNC Player of the Year, a mark that may not be matched for some time.