Junior Tour Fall Series IX: Rancho Murieta CC
Rancho Murieta, CA
October 25-26, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Fall Series IX at Rancho Murieta Country Club
MONTEREY, Calif. (October 27, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series IX Championship at Rancho Murieta Country Club in Rancho Murieta.
Fremont resident Louie Chen shot even-par 144 and Vallejo resident Maria Davis shot 7-over 151 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series IX Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Rancho Murieta CC.
Chen, who was coming off a runner-up finish at the Fall Series VIII Championship, got his first win of the season thanks to steady play both days.
In Saturday’s first round, Chen took a one stroke lead over the field with a 1-under 71 that featured four birdies and three bogeys. His birdies were bookends, as he’d pencil in red figures on holes No.1 and No. 3 and later on holes No.16 and No.18.
On Sunday, Chen slipped a bit, carding two birdies to go with three bogeys, but his 73 would be good enough for a total of 144 and a three stroke win over runner-up Jin Kim of San Jose.
Kim was even through his first 15 holes on Saturday, but he fell back with a crucial double-bogey on the 16th. A finishing birdie on the 18th gave him a first round 73. In the second round, Kim again got back to a total of even-par with two birdies and a bogey on his front-nine. The good vibe wouldn’t last though, as he opened the back with a double-bogey on the 10th and later had two more bogeys. A birdie on the 17th gave him a 74 and a two-day total of 147.
For Albert Im, Jeffrey Inouye-Wong and Charles Osborne, shaky first rounds were too much to overcome, as the trio all shared third place at 4-over 148.
Im, who hails from Sunnyvale, had a second round 71 that included four birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey. It all came a day after posting a 77 on Saturday.
Inouye-Wong, who lives in Roseville, had rounds of 75-73 while Osborne, of Reno, had identical rounds of 74-74. Inouye-Wong lost ground quickly on Sunday after carding three straight bogeys on holes No.3 through No.5.
But Wong would recover with a back-nine that featured three birdies and two bogeys.
With back-to-back birdies on holes No.7 and No.8, Osborne got to a total of 1-over on Sunday. He’d play his back-nine at 3-over, however, after a double-bogey on the 10th and a bogey on the 17th.
In a card-off, Wong was awarded third place due to having a back-nine 35. Im shot 36 on the back-nine and Osborne shot 39 on the back-nine.
In the Girls’ Championship, things couldn’t have gotten much more interesting.
With a solid first round 73, Davis took a one shot lead over San Jose’s Angela Liu. On Sunday, Davis fell back with a 78, while Liu shot 77. Also finishing regulation tied at 151 was Yoonhee Kim of San Ramon, who shot a 74 to catch Davis and Liu.
In what became a sudden death playoff, Davis won on the first hole.
Davis was in good shape in regulation before a string of four bogeys in five holes. Liu, on the other hand, was able to get to 151 thanks in part to a clutch birdie on the par-3 16th. Kim also came up big when it mattered in regulation. While she’d bogey the 17th, Kim bounced right back with a birdie on the 18th to get into the playoff.
Just a shot out of joining the playoff, meanwhile, was Danville resident Ty Akabane, who came in at 152 following rounds of 76-76. Akabane, winner of the Helen Lengfeld Flight at this year’s California Women’s Amateur Championship, got to a total of 6-over with a birdie on the 13th. A double-bogey on the 16th pushed her back to 8-over.
Placing fifth at 155 was Emilee Hoffman of Folsom, who had rounds of 77-78.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Menlo Park resident Jonathan Dicks ran away with a six shot win, carding rounds of 72-76 to finish at 4-over 148. Over his 36 holes, Dicks had six birdies, eight bogeys and a double-bogey.
Griffin Long of Davis finished second at 154 after identical rounds of 77. Finishing in a tie for third at 155 were three players—San Jose’s Ronnie McDowell Jr. (76-79), Tyler Griggs of Manteca (76-79) and John Heckel of San Jose (73-82). Griggs was awarded third place in a card-off.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, San Jose’s Audrey Heckel ran away with the title, shooting rounds of 78-85 for a 163 and eight shot victory over runner-up Faith Low.
Low, who hails from Foster City, came in at 171 after rounds of 84-87. Third place went to San Jose’s Adora Wen, who finished at 173 following rounds of 87-86.
The event concluded the 2015 season Fall Series. The Holiday Series will begin with the Junior Tour Holiday I, slated for Nov. 24-25 at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey.
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