Junior Tour Fall Series I: Sierra Meadows GC
August 16-17, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Fall Series I Championship at Sierra Meadows Country Club
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 18, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series I Championship at Sierra Meadows Country Club in Ahwahnee.
Fresno resident Trent Nishimura shot 6-under 138 and Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose shot 2-under 142 to win their respective divisions at the JTNC Fall Series I Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Sierra Meadows Country Club.
The championship was the first points event for the 2014-2015 season.
Coming off a first round 70, Nishimura had a second round 68 to defeat runner-up Israel Garcia of Dinuba by a stroke. In his first round, Nishimura, who plays at Clovis West High, had five birdies and three bogeys. At one point, he would get to a total of 3-under.
On Sunday, Nishimura was perfect, posting four birdies (including back-to-back on holes No.5 and No.6) with zero bogeys to keep the field at bay.
Garcia, who was coming off a first round 72, made things interesting with a Sunday low 67 that featured six birdies and just one bogey, the miscue coming on the par-3 8th. A late birdie on the par-5 18th put him in the clubhouse at 5-under, just one behind Nishimura. Following a birdie on the 13th, Nishimura finished his round with five consecutive pars.
Both Austin Elchinoff of Half Moon Bay and Bryce Loosigian of Fresno finished tied for third at 2-under 142. Loosigian was awarded third place in a card-off.
Coming off a first round 72, Elchinoff posted a second round 70 that included an eagle on the par-5 1st, four birdies and four bogeys. Loosigian did it the opposite way, shooting 70-72 over the two days. During his first round, Loosigian caught fire on the back-nine. He’d card four straight birdies on holes No.11 through No.14. But he’d also have three bogeys on the back.
Finishing in fifth place in the Boys’ Championship at 143 was Fremont’s Aditya Kumar, who had rounds of 70-73.
In the Girls’ Championship, Iqbal picked up right where she left off.
A freshman at Pioneer High in San Jose, Iqbal cruised to the title, posting rounds of 72-70 to finish with an 11 stroke win over runner-up Chloe Corriveau of Pebble Beach. Iqbal had eight birdies and six bogeys over her 36 holes. In Sunday’s finale, she’d finish with three birdies on her last four holes (Nos. 15, 16 and 18).
Last season, Iqbal racked up nine victories. Her win at Sierra Meadows was her fourth in a row.
Corriveau, who plays at Santa Catalina High in Monterey, had rounds of 75-78. In the first round, Corriveau had a chance to go lower but carded a double-bogey on the par-4 15th. She’d end the first round just three behind Iqbal.
Finishing in third place in the Girls’ Championship was Jacqueline Ngo of Fremont. Ngo came in at 154 following rounds of 77-77.
Dahyun Jessica Jeong (78-80) of Dublin and Annie Liu of Pleasanton (76-82) came in tied for fourth at 158.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Brian Stark of Kingsburg took the title, shooting rounds of 70-71 to finish at 3-under 141. Over his 36 holes, Stark had 10 birdies to go with seven bogeys.
Finishing in a tie for second at 146, five behind Stark, were Tyler Griggs of Manteca (75-71) and George McNeely of Carmel (73-73).
Sebastian Iqbal of San Jose came in fourth at 147 (75-72) and Spencer Uzzell of Oakhurst placed fifth at 151 following rounds of 72-79.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Alice Liu of Pleasanton won the title, shooting rounds of 74-80 to finish at 10-over 154 and defeat runner-up Divya Tadimeti by a stroke.
Tadimeti shot rounds of 79-76.
Three players—Liam Sklar of Los Gatos, Borina Sutikto of Fremont and Allyson Musser of Fresno—came in tied for third at 158.
The next JTNC event will be the Fall Series II Championship, to be held August 23-24 at Rocklin Golf Club in Rocklin.
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