Junior Tour Fall Series III: Stevinson Ranch GC
September 6-7, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Fall Series III at Stevinson Ranc
MONTEREY, Calif. (September 8, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series III Championship at Stevinson Ranch Golf Club in Stevinson.
Hilmar resident Landon Azevedo shot 4-under 140 and San Mateo resident Amanjoty Sangha shot 3-over 147 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series III Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Stevinson Ranch GC.
Azevedo, a senior at Hilmar High, took the first round lead with a 1-under 71 and followed that up with a final round 69 to defeat runner-up Chinmay Joshi of Modesto by three shots.
In his first round, Azevedo was solid, collecting four birdies to go with just three bogeys. On Sunday, he’d go a tad deeper, posting an eagle with five birdies and four bogeys. Following a bogey on No.2, Azevedo got going, playing holes No.5 through No.7 at 4-under thanks to an eagle on the par-5 6th sandwiched between two birdies. Following a bogey on the 9th, he’d put together another streak, carding three straight birdies on holes No.11 through No.13 to ice the victory.
Azevedo did most of his damage on the par-5’s, playing Stevinson’s four par-5’s at 4-under for the weekend.
Joshi, who had entered the final round just a stroke behind Azevedo after an opening 72, did his best to stay close but couldn’t keep up on Sunday. He’d also bogey the second hole, but carded birdies on holes No.3, No.6 and No.8 to get back to 2-under. Any chance of a comeback by Joshi ended on the back-nine, however, as he posted bogeys on the 13th and 15th for a final round 71 to finish at 143.
Placing third in the Boys’ Championship was Mitchell Cornell of Incline Village, who had rounds of 74-72 to finish at 146. Coming off five bogeys in his first round, Cornell limited himself to only two bogeys in the second round. He’d tack on a pair of birdies on holes No.1 and No.6.
Fourth and fifth place went to Israel Garcia and James Lemos, respectively. Garcia, who hails from Dinuba, came in at 147 after rounds of 73-74. Lemos, a resident of Hercules, finished at 150 following rounds of 78-72. Lemos had a nice finish, carding birdies on three of his final five holes on Sunday.
Like Azevedo, Sangha also made it a wire-to-wire win in capturing the Girls’ Championship crown.
Following the first round, Sangha and San Jose resident Samantha Oliva shared the lead after matching 73’s. In the pivotal second round, Sangha posted a 74 to Oliva’s 76 to win the title by two.
Sangha first took the lead on Sunday when Oliva opened with a bogey on the 1st hole. Sangha later took another one stroke lead when she birdied No.13. After the front-nine, Sangha continued to hold a one stroke edge.
On the back-nine, Sangha went 2-over, thanks in part to a birdie on the 18th. Oliva, meanwhile, could not muster up any birdies en route to a back-nine 39 for a two-day score of 149.
Finishing in a tie for third in the Girls’ Championship at 156 were San Jose’s Sabrina Iqbal and Katherine Zhu. Iqbal was awarded third place in a card-off.
Iqbal, the 2014-2014 JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year, had rounds of 79-77. Zhu also carded rounds of 79-77. Finishing in fifth place was San Jose’s Angela Liu, who came in at 159 following rounds of 84-75.
Liu had one of the big turnarounds of the weekend. On Saturday, she’d card three bogeys, three double-bogeys and a triple-bogey. On Liu, she had six bogeys but also carded three birdies.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Parker Jameson of Pleasanton came storming back, shooting a final round 2-under 70 to finish at 147 and defeat runner-up George McNeely of Carmel by two strokes.
Coming off a first round 77, Jameson caught fire on Sunday, posting four birdies to go with just two bogeys. McNeely, who led after an opening 74, fell back on Sunday with a final round 75 to come in at 149.
Four players—Michael Shaw of Pleasanton, Adrian Davis of San Leandro, Mackade Mangels of Danville and Alex Horn of Belmont—all finished tied in the Boys’ First Flight at 158. Shaw was awarded third place in a card-off.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, both Valerie Chen of Foster City and Ressie Jong of Palo Alto finished tied after regulation at 159 following rounds of 72 and 78, respectively. Chen took the title, winning the first playoff hole.
Finishing third was Audrey Heckel of San Jose, who came in at 162 after identical rounds of 81.
Fourth place also finished in a tie, as Carissa Wu of Dublin and Isabel Minton on Livermore each finished with matching scores of 168.
The Fall Series continues with the Fall Series IV Championship, to be held September 13-14 at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento.
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