Junior Spring Series IV: Deer Ridge GC – Shadow Lakes GC
April 12-13, 2014
MONTEREY, Calif. (April 2, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Spring Series IV at Deer Ridge Golf Club and Shadow Lakes Golf Club in Brentwood.
Redding resident Jake Smolinsky shot 1-over 143 and Brentwood’s Megan Conder shot 3-over 144 to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series IV Championship, held Saturday and Sunday at par-71 Deer Ridge GC and Shadow Lakes GC, respectively.
Smolinsky, coming off a victory at the Spring Series III Championship at Castlewood CC in Pleasanton, followed up a sensational first round 69 at Deer Ridge with a 74 at Shadow Lakes to hold off runner-up Deane Rinaldi of Santa Cruz by a stroke in the Boys’ Championship.
In his first round at Deer Ridge, Smolinsky, who plays at Shasta High, opened with a front-nine 33 that included birdies on holes No.4 and No.7 and No.9. He’d bogey three of his first five holes after making the turn, but tacked on back-to-back birdies on holes No.16 and 17 to take a two stroke lead on Saturday.
A solid front-nine score would be the difference for Smolinsky in Sunday’s finale at Shadow Lakes. Despite a bogey on the opening par-4 1st, Smolinsky carded back-to-back birdies on No.5 and No.6 to finish with a front-nine 1-under 35. The two birdies would come in handy, as Smolinsky’s pace slowed on the back-nine with four bogeys.
With Smolinsky teetering a bit, the door opened for Rinaldi. Rinaldi, who plays at Harbor High and had opened with a first round 75, made his first move by going 2 under on his front-nine thanks to birdies on holes No.4, No.5 and No.7.
He’d card two more birdies on No.13 and No.15, but slipped with a critical double-bogey on the par-4 16th and an ensuing bogey on the 17th. Despite a closing eagle on the 18th, it wasn’t enough to catch Smolinsky.
Santa Cruz resident Ryker Barnes, a teammate of Rinaldi’s at Harbor, had a similar fate. After opening with a 76 at Deer Ridge, Barnes put together a solid 70 that included four birdies, a double-bogey and a bogey. He’d finish at 146, three behind Smolinsky.
Coming in tied for fourth at 147 were Novato’s Robert Briggs (74-73) and Tiburon’s Peter Noerr (71-76). Noerr, who only trailed Smolinsky by two after Saturday’s action, was stung by in the second round by four consecutive bogeys on holes No.4 through No.7.
In the Girls’ Championship, Megan Conder used some home cooking to come from behind and defeat Redwood Shores resident Lucy Li by three for her first JTNC win of the year.
Conder, who lives in Brentwood, came out of the gates slowly on Saturday at Deer Ridge, posting a 74 despite three birdies to finish the day three behind Li. On Sunday, however, Conder put together a sizzling 1-under 70 that featured five birdies to go with just two bogeys and a double-bogey.
Headed to the University of Oregon this fall, Conder’s biggest birdies came on No.16 and No.18. She had played No.12 and No.13 at 3-over par after suffering a double-bogey and bogey on the holes, respectively.
Li, who won the Fall Series VIII title last October at Rancho Murieta CC, had taken a three shot lead in the first round following a three-birdie, three-bogey 71 at Deer Ridge. In the second round though, the 11-year-old Li, who won her age division at the recent Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National, couldn’t get anything going following a birdie on No. 2.
Following the birdie on No.2, Li played the rest of her round at 6 over due to four bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 16th. She’d finish at 147, three behind Conder.
Jessica Luo of San Jose, who finished T-4 at the Spring Series I Championship in Stockton, followed in the footsteps of Li. Following a sturdy as they get 1-over 72 at Deer Ridge that included 17 pars and just one bogey, Luo also slipped with a 76 at Shadow Lakes after carding a pair of double-bogeys on the par-4 9th and 12th holes.
Despite the miscues, Luo was a par machine over the two days, carding par on 28 of her 36 holes to come in at 148.
Finishing in a tie for fourth at 149 were Folsom’s Emilee Hoffman (81-68) and Benicia’s Kathleen Scavo (77-72). Hoffman had the biggest turnaround of the weekend. At Deer Ridge, she suffered seven bogeys and two bogeys, at one point enduring a stretch of five bogeys in a row. In the final round, Hoffman rebounded beautifully with seven birdies to go with just four bogeys.
Scavo, who won the Spring Series III Championship at Castlewood CC, also bounced back nicely, carding a Sunday 72 that included 14 pars and two birdies. A junior at Justin-Sienna High, Scavo is the two-time defending winner of the annual California Junior Girls’ State Championship.
In the Boys’ First Flight, Drew Kim of Pleasanton shot a final round 2-over 72 to come from a stroke behind and win. Kim, who finished at 5-over 146, defeated San Jose’s Sebastian Iqbal (76-73—149) by three strokes.
Coming in tied for third at 150 were Jason Chen of San Jose (73-77) and Cooper Hunt of El Dorado Hills (73-77). Chen took third place honors following a card-off.
The Girls’ Flight Championship also saw a comeback. There, Campbell resident Clare Brady shot a final round 75 to come from behind and defeat Antioch’s Jackie Caniete by two strokes.
Brady, who opened with a 78 and finished at 11-over 153, posted three birdies in her second round, including two in a row on holes No.6 and No.7. Caniete, who came in at 155 (80-75), also had three birdies in the final round.
Jaqueline Sun of Los Altos took third in the Girls’ Flight, finishing at 158 (75-83).
The next JTNC event will be the Spring Series V Championship, to be held April 26-27 at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa.
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