Junior Tour Fall Series VIII: Poppy Ridge GC
October 18-19, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Fall Series VIII at Poppy Ridge
MONTEREY, Calif. (October 20, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Fall Series VIII Championship at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.
San Jose resident Justin Suh shot 12-under 132 and Los Altos resident Simar Singh shot 1-over 145 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series VIII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Poppy Ridge.
Suh, playing in his first event of the 2015 season, had a weekend to remember, winning the title by six shots.
The 2013 JTNC Player of the Year quickly jumped into the lead on Saturday by posting a 7-uynder 65 on the Zinfandel/Merlot courses. On his front-nine, Suh carded four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 3rd for a 4-under 31. After opening with four straight pars on his back-nine, Suh proceeded to birdie four of his final five holes. His lone miscues on the day were bogeys on No.7 and the 17th (No.8 Merlot course).
Already holding a two-stroke edge, the 2014 CIF Boys’ State Individual champion and 2014 NCGA Junior Championship winner was just as good on Sunday, posting a 67 that featured three birdies, an eagle on the par-5 8th and 14 pars. Over his 36 holes, Suh played Poppy Ridge’s par-4’s at 8-under.
Fremont’s Louie Chen and Justin Goh of San Francisco both finished tied for second at 4-under 138 after coming in with final rounds of 67 and 71, respectively.
Following a two-over 38 on his front-nine in the first round, Chen got going. He’d close his first round with three birdies on his last five holes for a 71. On Sunday, Chen continued to roll, racking up nine birdies. His only miscue would be a quadruple-bogey on the 15th that left him with a 67 and total of 138. During a stretch between his first and second rounds, Chen went 10-under through 17 holes.
Goh, meanwhile, got going on Saturday with six birdies and just one bogey for an opening 67. He wouldn’t be able to keep pace with Suh, carding only two birdies to go with one bogey on Sunday.
Finishing in a tie for fourth in the Boys’ Championship at 4-under 140 were Scott Mitchell of Santa Rosa and Pleasanton’s Ryan Knop. Mitchell, winner of the recent Fall Series VI Championship, had rounds of 69-71, while Knop, who shot a 63 at Poppy Hills in the JTNC Tour Championship, had rounds of 68-72.
While Suh went wire-to-wire for the victory, Singh got her first win of the new season via a comeback.
Singh, who finished tied for second at the Fall Series V Championship, didn’t get off to the start she wanted, carding a first round 74 that featured three birdies but also three bogeys and a double-bogey.
On Sunday, however, Singh was solid. She’d card two birdies for a front-nine 34 and later only had one bogey en route to a back-nine 37 and 1-under 71. Her two-day total of 145 was good enough to defeat co-runner-ups Emilee Hoffman of Folsom and Amajoty Sangha of San Mateo by a stroke.
Hoffman, who was coming off an up and down first round 72, had an even more adventurous second round. She’d card four birdies, but also had four bogeys and a critical double-bogey on the 17th to help open the door for Singh. A final bogey on the 18th left Hoffman unable to force a playoff with Singh.
Sangha, meanwhile, took the first round lead with a 1under 71 that featured three birdies and just two bogeys. On Sunday though, Sangha opened her round with bogeys on three of her first four holes. She’d card two birdies but also two more bogeys, the biggest coming on the 18th. Like Hoffman, the bogey on 18 would cost Sangha a chance to force extra holes.
Finishing in a tie for fourth in the Girls’ Championship at 5-over 149 were San Francisco’s Samantha Gong and San jose resident Quynn Duong. Gong had a great turnaround, posting a 71 a day after opening with a 78. Duong shot rounds of 74-75.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Drew Kim had a comeback to remember. A day after opening with a 77, Kim caught fire, posting five birdies (including back-to-back on holes No.4 and No.5) to go with two bogeys for a 69 and two-day total of 2-over 146.
With his 69, Kim was able to catch Moibhi Tyndall of Mountain View, who also finished at 146 after identical rounds of 73. In what became a sudden death playoff, Kim won on the first hole.
Tyndall, who also finished second at the Fall Series VII Championship, had a chance to win in regulation but was tripped up by a double-bogey on the 16th. Both Tyndall and Kim came up clutch on the 18th, making birdie to finish in a tie.
Third place in the Boys’ First Flight Championship went to San Jose’s Sebastian Iqbal, who came in at 148 after rounds of 71-77.
Thing s were also tight in the Girls’ First Flight Championship. There, Dublin resident Julia Ni had a final round 80 to defeat runner-up Melinda Yuan of San Ramon by a stroke.
Ni shot rounds of 78-80 to finish at 158, while Yuan had rounds of 80-79. Ni’s big move was a birdie on the 17th. Yuan, meanwhile, made double-bogey on the 17th.
Placing third was Sarataoga’s Megan Yan, who finished at 161 following rounds of 82-79.
The Fall Series continues with the Fall Series IX Championship, to be held October 25-26 at Rancho Murieta CC in Rancho Murieta.
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