Junior Tour Fall Series II: Rocklin GC
August 23-24, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Fall Series II at Rocklin Golf Club
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 25, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series II Championship at Rocklin Golf Club in Rocklin.
Roseville resident Josh Sedeno shot 2-under 142 and Benicia resident Kathleen Scavo shot 6-over 148 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series II Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Rocklin GC.
Sedeno, a junior at Del Oro High, took the first round lead with an even-par 72 and followed that up with a final round 70 to defeat runner-up Jeffrey Inouye-Wong of Roseville by two shots. The winner of last season’s Spring Series I Championship, Sedeno opened the front-nine with a 1-over 38 that temporarily brought him back to the pack.
On his back-nine, however, Sedeno went bogey free with three consecutive birdies on holes No.13 through No.15 to get back to a total of 2-under. He’d card pars on his final three holes to ice the victory.
In his first round, Sedeno had three birdies and three bogeys, good enough to take a one stroke lead over the field.
Wong, who was one of those only a stroke back after the first round following a 73, opened the second round with birdies on holes No.1 and No.4 to get to 1-under. A bogey on the par-4 8th dropped him back to even par, but at the time he had taken the lead over Sedeno,
Three straight bogeys to open his back-nine pushed Wong back to 3-over. He’d make up for the bogeys with three birdies (holes No.14, No.15 and No.18) but by then Sedeno had regained his footing and was safely back in the lead.
Placing third in the Boys’ Championship was Louie Euer of Loomis. Another player who was just one stroke behind Sedeno entering Sunday, Euer like Wong opened with two quick birdies on holes No.1 and No.3 to get to 1-under. Like Wong, the early charge wouldn’t last.
A bogey on the 8th dropped him back to even-par, and a double-bogey on the 13th later pushed him to 2-over. Another bogey on the par-3 16th left Euer with a 74 and two-day sscore of 143.
Finishing in fourth was San Jose’s Lucas Carper, who posted rounds of 75-73 to come in at 148. Carper had a great chance to be in the mix at the top but suffered a critical double-bogey on the par-4 11th.
Placing in a tie for fifth at 150 were Napa resident Joseph Basetti (73-77) and Brentwood’s Joshua Diaz (74-76). Basetti was tripped up on Sunday by double-bogeys on the 3rd and 10th. Diaz had two birdies but also six bogeys.
For Scavo, the win entailed a comeback. Scavo, who played in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, was one stroke behind San Francisco’s Samantha Wong entering the final round.
But on Sunday, Scavo remained steady while Gong faltered. Coming off a first round 73 that featured two birdies and three bogeys, Scavo posted a 75 that included 15 pars and three bogeys.
It was good enough to defeat both Gong and Fremont’s Emily Gosti by a stroke.
Gong, who’d opened with a 72 on Saturday that included three birdies and three bogeys, also went birdie-less on Sunday. The difference was that while Scavo had three bogeys, Gong had five.
Gosti, meanwhile, nearly made it a comeback to remember. Following a shaky first round 80, Gosti caught fire in the second round. She’d open with five birdies in her first six holes to get back to 5-over. Over her last 12 holes she’d bag 10 pars, but also had two crucial bogeys on holes No.12 and No.15 which helped Scavo maintain the lead. In a card-off, Gosti was awarded second place with Gong placing third.
Coming in fourth in the Girls’ Championship was San Ramon’s Belinda Hu, who had rounds of 75-75 to finish at 150. Hu finished last season at No.3 in the points standings.
Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose, who ran away with 2013-2014 JTNC Girls Player of the Year honors, had rounds of 76-75 to finish tied for fifth with Dublin’s Dawon Aileen Jeong at 151. Jeong shot rounds of 77-74.
The fifth place finish snapped Iqbal’s win streak. Her victory at the Fall Series I Championship had been her fourth in a row.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Fremont’s Borina Sutikto got her chance at the top. Sutikto shot rounds of 74-79—the only player to break 80 both rounds—to finish at 153 and win by eight over runner-up Madison Beckett of Santa Rosa. Beckett had rounds of 82-79 to come in at 161.
Placing third at 164 following rounds of 85-79 was Rocklin’s Wmily Dixon. Julia Ni of Dublin came in fourth at 165 and Foster City’s Valerie Chen placed fifth at 169.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, first round leader Darren Pang of San Ramon held on for the victory. Pang shot rounds of 73-78 to come in at 151, good enough for a two-stroke win over runner-up Ethan Chen of Fremont. Chen shot 77-76 to finish at 153.
Placing third in the Boys’ First Flight Championship was Corte Madera’s Ian Gilligan, who shot identical rounds of 77 to finish at 154.
Four players—Oakdale’s Ryan Meyer, San Jose’s Sebastian Iqbal, Carmel’s George McNeely and Presley Sanassarian of Rocklin—all finished in a tie for fourth at 156.
The Fall Series continues with the Fall Series III Championship, to be held September 6-7 at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club in Stevinson.
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