Junior Tour Fall Series VII: Merced GCC
October 11-12, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Fall Series VII at Merced Golf and Country Club
MONTEREY, Calif. (October 13, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series VII Championship at Merced Golf and Country Club in Merced.
Fresno resident Peter Kuest shot even-par 144 and Danville resident Ty Akabane shot 3-over 147 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series VII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Merced Golf and Country Club.
Kuest finished up strong to earn his first title of the new season.
In Sunday’s finale, Kuest would post a 2-uinder 70, thanks in part to a huge birdie on the 18th, to edge co-runner-ups Robert Briggs of Novato and Israel Garcia of Dinuba by one stroke.
Kuest, coming off an up-and-down first round 74 that included three birdies but also three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-5 13th, more than got going when he needed to in the second round.
Following a bogey on the 12th that left him at a total of 3-over, Kuest caught fire to finish his day. He’d card back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th to get to 1-over, and added one final birdie on the 18th to get back to even par. Kuest’s final clutch birdie would be the difference maker, as he held off Briggs and Garcia by one.
Having shot a first round 72, Briggs slipped early on Sunday with an opening bogey on the 1st. He’d post pars on his next 11 holes, but then bogeyed the 12th to fall back to a total of 2-over.
Briggs would never make up the lost ground. He’d birdie the 13th and 16th, but those two were sandwiched between a pair of bogeys on No.14 and No.15. A final birdie on the 18th left him with a 73 and two-day total of 145.
Garcia, who came in to the event with two second place finishes (Fall Series I, Fall Series IV), suffered a fate similar to Briggs. Also coming off a first round 72, Garcia opened the second round with a bogey on the 2nd that dropped him back to 1-over.
Garcia birdied the par-3 6th to get back to even par, but then bogeyed the 11th and 15th to fall to 2-over. A birdie on the 17th and par on No.18 also left him with a 73 and 36-hole total of 145.
Finishing in a tie for fourth in the Boys’ Championship at 3-over 147 were Orinda resident Brendan Choe and Hilmar resident Landon Azevedo after final rounds of 74 and 78, respectively. Azevedo, who won the Fall Series III title, had opened with a wild 69 that featured an eagle (par-5 10th), six birdies, two bogeys and a triple-bogey. On Sunday, he’d only be able to muster up two birdies.
For Akabane, meanwhile, it was a wire-to-wire victory.
Winner of the Helen Lengfeld Flight at this year’s California Women’s Amateur Championship, Akabane opened with a 72 and held on from there, carding a Sunday 75 to defeat runner-up Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose by a stroke.
Things would get a little tricky for Akabane, as she’d open the second round with a double-bogey on the par-4 2nd. But she’d quickly make up for it, carding birdie on No.3 to get back to a total of 1-over.
On her back-nine, Akabane again opened the door by bogeying three of her first five holes. But again she’d respond, carding birdies on two of her final four holes to hold on for the victory.
Iqbal, the 2014 JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year, had opened the final round two back of Akabane after a 74. On Sunday, Iqbal immediately made things interesting with a birdie on No.1 to get to 1-over, but that was as close as she’d get. She’d player her final 17 holes at 4-over after posting four bogeys for a 75 and two-day total of 149.
Placing third in the Girls’ Championship at 8-over 152 was Martinez resident Sydney Babiak after a final round 75. Three players—Amanjoty Sangha of San Mateo, Yealimi Noh of Concord and Emilee Hoffman of Folsom—tied for fourth at 156. Both Sangha and Noh had 78’s while Hoffman had a Sunday 79.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, David Trevino of Fresno had a final round 77 to finish at 147 and edge runner-up Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, who shot a final round 70, by a stroke.
In a tale of two rounds, Trevino caught fire on Saturday, posting a 70 with four birdies and two bogeys. On Sunday, it was Tyndall’s turn, as he posted a 70 with three birdies and just one bogey. Tyndall’s lone bogey, coming on the 16th, would prove to be the difference.
Placing third was San Ramon’s Nikko Lee, who came in at 151 after a 77.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Audrey Heckel of San Jose finally got her turn at the top, as she shot a final round 80 to finish at 163 and edge runner-up Kaleiya Romero of San Jose, who had a 79, by a stroke.
Romero had two late birdies, but she was unable to overcome a pair of double-bogeys earlier in her round. Third place went to San Ramon’s Sammy Lee, who came in at 166 after a final round 80.
The Fall Series continues with the Fall Series VIII Championship, to be held October 18-19 at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.
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