Junior Tour of Northern California, Tour Championship: Poppy Hills GC
Pebble Beach, CA
August 7-8, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Tour Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course
MONTEREY, Calif. (August 8, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Friday in the Tour Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
Pleasanton resident Ryan Knop shot 7-under 135 and Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose shot 4-over 146 to win their respective divisions at the JTNC Tour Championship held Thursday and Friday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.
Knop, a senior at Foothill High, blitzed his way to the title, carding a sensational 8-under 63 in the second round to defeat runner-ups Jeremy Villafuerte and Albert Im by six strokes.
The 17-year-old Knop was flawless, carding eight birdies with no bogeys. He’d open his round with a 3-under 33 on the difficult front-nine thanks to birdies on holes No.1, No.4 and No.9. On the opening 1st hole, he’d start by draining a 12-footer for birdie.
After reaching the 572-yard 4th green in two, he had a two-putt birdie. On the par-5 9th, he got up and down for birdie.
“That putt on No.1 really set the tone for all day,” said Knop, who reached the quarterfinals at June’s California State Amateur Championship. “My putting was really solid. The greens are firm but they they’re really smooth and roll true.”
On his back-nine, Knop remained hot. He carded three straight birdies on holes No.10 through No.12 and later added back-to-back birdies on holes No.17 and No.18 to finish his round. On holes No.10 through No.12, each of his birdies came via 10-footers. On the par-3 17th, he knocked a 6-iron to within 8 feet of the flagstick. He’d reach the par-5 18th green in two, just missing a 15-foot eagle try for a 62.
“I just tried to stay in the moment. I didn’t want to get ahead of myself,” said Knop, who had a 72 in the first round. “I just got hot out there today. I felt like I could make anything.”
Villafuerte, who finished second in a card-off with Im, shot a steady final round 71 that included one birdie (the par-3 2nd) and one bogey. In his first round, the Newark resident carded a 70.
Im, who took the first round lead with a stellar 3-under 68, shot a final round 73 that featured three birdies and five bogeys.
Tanner Hughes of Livermore and Alexander Lee of Sacramento finished tied for fourth at 144 after final rounds of 74 and 72, respectively.
In the Girls’ Championship, it was all Iqbal. Crowned as the 2013-2014 JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year, Iqbal followed up an opening round 72 with a 74 to defeat runner-ups Amanjoty Sangha and Anna Zhou by four strokes.
For Iqbal, a 13-year-old freshman-to-be at Pioneer High, it was her ninth victory of the season. Her father, Shaheen Iqbal, is a PGA teaching professional at The Villages.
“I felt really comfortable out there,” Iqbal said. “I just go out and try to shoot as low as I can.”
Sangha, who hails from San Mateo, had back-to-back rounds of 75. Zhou, who lives in Palo Alto, also shot 75-75 to come in at 150.
Fourth place went to University of Oregon freshman-to-be Megan Conder, who came in at 153 after rounds of 77-76. Northern California Golf Association Girls’ Junior champion Jessica Fore of Marina, San Ramon’s Belinda Hu and Kelly Fang of Foster City all shared fifth place with totals of 154.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Jason Chen of San Jose ran away with the title, carding rounds of 71-75 to finish at 146.
George McNeely of Carmel and Jin Kim of San Jose finished tied for second place in the Boys’ First Flight Championship with identical scores of 152 after each came in with a 73 in the final round. McNeely was awarded second place in a card-off with Kim.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Clare Brady of Sunnyvale also walked away with a big win. Brady shot rounds of 76-78 to finish at 154 and defeat runner up Ritida Nanda of Alamo by 10 strokes.
Nanda had rounds of 81-83. Third place in the Girls’ First Flight Championship went to Carissa Wu of Dublin with a total score of 168 (85-83).
The next JTNC event will be the Fall Series I Championship, to be held August 16-17 at Sierra Meadows Golf Course in Ahwanee.
The Fall Series I event will be the first points event for the 2014-2015 season.
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August 7, 2014
Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) was at the new par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course on Thursday for the first round of the annual Tour Championship.
As usual, the players put on quite a show.
In the Boys’ Championship, Albert Im of Sunnyvale took the lead with a stellar 3-under 68 that included an eagle on the 519-yard par-5 9th hole, five birdies and four bogeys. Im, who plays at Wilcox High in Santa Clara, wasted no time in getting comfy on the recently renovated Robert Trent Jones II layout, carding birdies on three of his first five holes.
Also going low was Pleasanton’s Noah Woolsey, who posted a 69. Woolsey, who played for Team California at the 2012 PGA Junior League National Championship, didn’t have an eagle but collected six birdies to go with four bogeys.
In at 70, just two strokes behind Im, is the trio of Jeremy Villafuerte (Newark), Heetae Yang (Pleasanton) and Tanner Hughes (Livermore). Hughes, who helped Foothill High claim its record sixth NCGA/CIF NorCal golf title this past spring, defined steady, carding two birdies, 15 pars and just one bogey.
Alexander Lee of Sacramento, who entered the championship holding the No.3 spot in the JTNC Player of the Year points standings, had a first round 72 and sits in a tie for seventh with Aditya Kumar of Fremont and Pleasanton’s Ryan Knop. Knop also played for Foothill High this past season.
Jeffrey Inouye-Wong, a star at Granite Bay High who placed T-21 at this year’s CIF Boys’ State Championship, is also in the mix after opening with an even par 71 that featured four birdies and four bogeys.
In the Girls’ Championship, Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose is doing her thing again. Iqbal, who came into the championship holding the No.1 spot in the JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year points standings, took a three shot lead following a 1-over 72 that included three birdies and four bogeys. A high school freshman-to-be, Iqbal’s JTNC season thus far includes seven victories–including the recent Summer Series IV and V Championships–and three runner-up finishes.
At 75, three behind Iqbal, are Belinda Hu (San Ramon), Anna Zhou (Palo Alto) and Amanjoty Sangha (San Mateo).
Hu, at No.3 in the points standings, had a rough start, bogeying the opening par-4 1st, but she responded nicely, posting four birdies to go with six bogeys the rest of her round. Sangha, who played in the California Women’s Amateur Championship earlier in the week, was also stung by a double-bogey, hers coming on the par-4 16th.
Megan Conder of Brentwood, who’s headed to the University of Oregon this fall, is alone in fifth place after a 77. Jessica Fore of nearby Marina, the winner of this year’s NCGA Girls’ Junior Championship, is seven shots off the pace following a 79.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Clare Brady of Campbell forged a five stroke lead with a 76. In second place is Ritida Nanda of Alamo, who had an 81.
The Boys’ First Flight Championship also saw someone break away from the pack. There, San Jose’s Jason Chen took a seven stroke lead over the field with a solid round of 71 that featured three birdies and three bogeys.
Friday’s final round of the championship will tee off at approximately 7:30 a.m.