Junior Tour Holiday III: Poppy Hills GC – Del Monte GC
Pebble Beach, CA & Monterey, CA
December 29-30, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Holiday Series III at Del Monte Golf Course and Poppy Hills Golf Course
MONTEREY, Calif. (December 31, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Tuesday in the Holiday Series III Championship at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey and Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
San Jose resident Lucas Carper shot 3-over 146 and Palo Alto resident Anna Zhou shot 4-over 147 to win their respective divisions at the Holiday Series III Championship held Monday and Tuesday at par-72 Del Monte Golf Course and par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.
Carper had to go extra holes to claim his first victory of the season. He’d defeat runner-up Will Bednarz of Larkspur on the fourth hole (No.1 at Poppy Hills) of a sudden death playoff with a par. The two halved the first three playoff holes (No.1, No.2 and No.18).
Both Carper and Bednarz finished regulation at 146 after identical final rounds of 3-over 74. In the final round, Carper had a front-nine even par 36 thanks to two birdies, but on the back-nine he’d card three bogeys for a 38. Bednarz had taken the overall lead at 1-under with a birdie on the par-5 9th, but he’d finish his round with a back-nine 39 that featured two bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 14th.
While Carper and Bednarz see-sawed for first place, Clovis resident Evan Peterson tried to enter the fray. Peterson, winner of the Holiday Series II Championship, shook off a slow start en route to posting a solid 1-over 72 that got him to a total of 147, just a stroke out of the playoff.
During his round, Peterson opened with three bogeys within his first five holes. He’d go on to birdie holes No.9, 10 and 12 to get to a total of 3-over, but later suffered bogeys on the 15th and 16th. A late birdie on the 18th wouldn’t be enough to catch Carper and Bednarz.
Also trying to make a run was Granite Bay resident Bryan Baumgarten, who had a final round 74 to finish in fourth place at 5-over 148. Noah Woolsey of Pleasanton and 2013 JTNC Boys’ Player of the Year Justin Suh finished tied for fifth at 7-over 150 following final rounds of 73 and 77, respectively.
Monday’s first round at Del Monte resulted in a logjam for first place, with Carper, Bednarz and 2014 JTNC Player of the Year Joshua McCarthy all ending the tied for the lead at 72. McCarthy fell back into a tie for seventh at 151 after a final round 79 at Poppy Hills.
Peterson wasn’t the only player to post a 72 at Poppy Hills on Tuesday. David Timmins also shot a 72 that featured two birdies and three bogeys.
In the Girls’ Championship, Zhou made a comeback to notch her first win of the season.
During Monday’s first round at Poppy Hills, San Ramon resident Angela Bagasbas grabbed a five stroke lead over Zhou after carding a sensational 3-under 68. Having started on the 13th tee, Bagasbas had six straight pars before reeling off four consecutive birdies on holes No.1 through No.4. She’d later add another birdie on the 7th to get to 5-under but finished with bogeys on the 9th and 10th holes.
On Tuesday at Del Monte, Bagasbas slipped back to an 83, opening the door for Zhou and Concord resident Yealimi Noh. Coming off a first round 73, Zhou made her first big move at Del Monte by posting a front-nine 35 that included two birdies. She’d play her back-nine at 3-over for a final round 74, but it was good enough to defeat Noh by three strokes. In Monday’s first round at Poppy Hills, Zhou posted three birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey for a solid 73.
Noh, the defending champion of the California Junior Girls’ State Championship, tried to make a final round push, carding two birdies, but she’d also have five bogeys for her second straight 75 to finish at 150. Bagasbas placed third at 151 and San Jose resident Angela Liu placed fourth at 155 following rounds of 77-78.
Both Yoonhee Kim of San Ramon and Vallejo’s Maria Davis finished tied for fifth at 159 following rounds of 79 and 81, respectively.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Hollister resident Brad Sparrer also made a comeback to take the title. Sparrer had a second round 4-over 76 at Del Monte to overcome a two stroke deficit and defeat co-runner-ups Michael Wang and William Bowen Liu by two shots. Sparrer finished at 10-over 153.
Wang, who hails from San Diego and Liu, who’s from Saratoga, finished at 157 following rounds of 78 and 82, respectively. Wang was awarded second place following a card-off. Liu had taken the first round lead with a 75 at Poppy Hills. Arroyo Grande resident Owen Avrit placed fourth at 159 after a final round of 83.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, there wouldn’t be much drama as Carissa Wu of Dublin rolled to an eight shot win, posting a total of 10-over 153 with rounds of 77 and 76.
Finishing tied for second at 161 were Fremont resident Borina Sutikto and San Ramon’s Sammy Lee following final rounds of 83 and 86, respectively. Sutikto was awarded second place after a card-off. Dublin’s Julia Ni finished alone in fourth place at 165 (79-86).
The event concluded the Holiday Series. Next up will be the Spring Series I Championship, to be held March 14-15 at Stockton GC and Elkhorn GC in Stockton.
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