Junior Tour Spring Series III: Castlewood CC
March 31-April 1, 2014
**First round cancelled due to weather. Second round played at the Valley Course.
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Spring Series III
at Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton
MONTEREY, Calif. (April 2, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Tuesday in the rain shortened Spring Series III Championship at 36-hole Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton.
Jake Smolinsky shot a 2-under 70 and Kathleen Scavo of Benicia fired a 1-over 73 on the Valley Course as the duo won their respective divisions at the Junior Tour of Northern California’s Spring Series III Championship at par-72 Castlewood Country Club.
Smolinsky, a member of Youth on Course Central Valley Clubhouse, made his charge by carding a front-nine 32 that included five birdies and a lone bogey. The Shasta High student, who tied for 30th at the Spring Series II Championship at Windsor GC, closed out his front-nine with three straight birdies on holes No.7 through No.9.
On his back-nine, Smolinsky’s only miscues were bogeys on the par-3 11th and par-4 13th.
Determining second place and third place in the Boys’ championship would come down to a card-off after Matthew Watkins, Zack Smith and Ryan Knop all came in with 74’s. Watkins, a freshman at Novato High, took second in the card-off, with Zack Smith placing third.
Watkins’ day included three birdies and 11 pars, but he’d also card three bogeys and a critical double-bogey on the par-5 2nd hole. Smith, whose home course is Castlewood, shot a front-nine 34 after posting three straight birdies on holes No.7 through No.9, but stumbled on his back-nine with three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 13th.
Knop, who finished tied for fourth at the Spring Series I Championship, shot a front-nine 36 that featured a bogey and a birdie. He’d card another birdie on No.10 to get to 1-under, but bogeyed the par-3 14th and later closed out his round with a double-bogey on the 18th.
Carter Walling, Raj Chekuri and Will Bednarz all finished T-5 at 76.
In the Girls’ Championship, Scavo won by two strokes following a 73 that included four birdies and five bogeys. The Justin Sienna High junior is two-time defending champion of the California Junior Girls State Championship.
Determining runner-up in the Girls’ Championship would also go to a card-off, with Chloe Corriveau of Pebble Beach taking second over Amanjoty Sangha after the pair both came in at 75.
Corriveau, who plays at Catalina School in Monterey, had a rough front-nine, carding a 40 with four bogeys. On her back-nine, however, Corriveau, who competed in last year’s California Interscholastic Federation State Championship, had four birdies. Her pursuit of Scavo was slowed by a double-bogey on the 13th and a bogey on the par-5 16th.
Sangha, coming off a tie for fifth finish at the Spring Series II, had a similar fate as Corriveau. After playing her front-nine at 2-over, the San Mateo resident finally got a birdie on No.11. Sangha would card another birdie on the 17th, but in the middle she suffered a double-bogey on the par-3 14th.
Angela Liu placed fourth at 77 and Yealimi Noh took fifth at 78. Noh, a resident of Concord, won the Spring Series II Championship. Liu finished tied for third at the same event.
In the Boys’ First Flight, Kyle Ko of Pleasanton took the title with a 6-over 78 that included birdies on No.3 and No.5. Tyler Griggs of E-Club Central Valley took second at 79, and in another card-off, Michael Valentine placed third with an 81.
Edward Anaya and Jeremy Choi also finished at 81.
In the Girls’ First Flight, Dahyun Jeong of Dublin had another strong showing, winning first place with a score of 80. Jeong finished second at the Spring Series I Championship.
Julia Ni took second place after posting an 81 and Lydia Tsai placed third at 82. Ni’s chances of catching Jeong lessened after she suffered a double-bogey on the par-4 13th.
Monday’s first round, slated to be held on Castlewood’s Hill Course, was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The next JTNC event will be the Spring Series IV Championship, to be held April 12-13 at Deer Ridge GC and Shadow Lakes GC in Brentwood.
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