Junior Tour Holiday I: Del Monte GC
November 24-25, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Holiday Series I at Del Monte Golf Course
MONTEREY, Calif. (November 26, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Tuesday in the Holiday Series I Championship at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey.
Clovis resident Evan Peterson shot 4-under 140 and Concord resident Yealimi Noh shot 12-over 156 to win their respective divisions at the Holiday Series I Championship held Monday and Tuesday at par-72 Del Monte Golf Course.
Peterson picked up his first win of the 2015 season via a comeback.
In Monday’s first round, he’d card a solid 2-under 70 that featured an eagle (on the par-5 12th), four birdies and four bogeys but finished the day three strokes behind leader Kevin Velo of Danville.
Velo was superb in the first round, posting a 67 that included seven birdies and just two bogeys. Starting on the 13th hole, Velo opened with a birdie but bogeyed the 14th. He’d soon get rolling, tacking on birdies on holes No.15 through No.17 to quickly get to 3-under. Following a bogey on the 18th, he’d nab two more birdies on holes No.1 and No.2 and another birdie on the 10th that put him at 5-under for the day.
Also in the mix was 2013 JTNC Player of the Year Justin Suh. Suh, who recently signed with USC, finished the first round just five strokes off the lead following a 72.
In Tuesday’s second round, Peterson was again steady, carding a 70 while Velo slipped to a 75 and Suh had his second straight 72.
In the finale, it was Peterson who got hot, carding birdies on holes No.1 through No.3 to get to a total of 5-under. Not much later, he got to 7-under with a pair of birdies on holes No.5 and No.6. He’d bogey holes No.7 through No.9 to fall back to a total of 4-under, but played his back-nine at even par to secure a two stroke victory over Velo.
A day after penciling in seven birdies, Velo could only muster up three. He’d fall behind Peterson with a bogey on the 12th, and went on to play his final five holes at 1-over due in part to a double-bogey on the closing 18th that landed him at 2-under 142.
Suh, the defending CIF State Boys’ Championship winner, was unable to make a final round charge. He’d quickly fall back with bogeys on the 5th and 6th holes to drop to a total of 2-over. On his back-nine, he’d birdie four of his first eight holes but also closed with a double-bogey on the 18th to finish third at even-par 144.
Finishing in a tie for fourth place at 145 in the Boys’ Championship were Seaside resident Nicklaus Rivera (77-68) and Jack Avrit of Arroyo Grande (74-71). Rivera’s final round included six birdies but also a double-bogey on the 6th.
While Peterson had to come from behind, Noh made it wire-to-wire in also collecting her first JTNC win of the season.
A runner-up at the Fall Series V Championship and winner of the 2014 California Junior Girls’ State Championship, Noh opened with a 7-over 79 that featured two birdies. It was good enough to take a one stroke lead over a trio of players—Aileen Jeong of Dublin, Quynn Duong of San Jose and Belinda Hu of San Ramon.
In Tuesday’s second round, Noh upped the stakes, posting a 5-over 77 that again featured a pair of birdies. Jeong and Duong both shot 79 to finish at 15-over 159, finishing tied for second. In a card-off, Duong was awarded second place due to having a lower score on her back-nine.
Finishing in fourth place in the Girls’ Championship was Pebble Beach resident Chloe Corriveau, who came in at 164 after rounds of 81 and 83. Fifth place went to San Ramon’s Belinda Hu, who came in at 165 after rounds of 80 and 85.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Sammy Lee of San Ramon took the title thanks to a final round 79 that gave her a total of 19-over 163.
Lee defeated runner-up Divya Tadimeti of Palo Alto by two strokes. Tadimeti shot rounds of 84-81 to finish at 165. Placing third in the Girls’ First Flight was Fremont resident Borina Sutikto, who finished at 167 after rounds 84 and 83.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Arroyo Grande resident Owen Avrit made it a runaway. Avrit shot rounds of 75 and 76 to finish at 7-over 151 and defeat runner-up Arden Childers of Walnut Creek by seven shots. Childers had rounds of 80 and 78 to come in at 158.
Avrit was steady during the championship. Over his 36 holes, he’d card four birdies, nine bogeys and a double-bogey. Placing third in the Boys’ First Flight Championship at 160 was Fremont resident Ethan Chen, who had rounds of 78 and 82.
The Holiday Series will continue with the Holiday Series II, to be held December 13-14 at Morro Bay Golf Course in Morro Bay.
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