Junior Tour Spring Series V – Chardonnay GC
April 26-27, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Spring Series V at Chardonnay Golf Club.
MONTEREY, Calif. (April 28, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Spring Series V at Chardonnay Golf Club in Napa.
Danville resident Joshua McCarthy shot 1-under 143 and Lucy Li of Redwood Shores shot 5-over 149 and defeated Jessica Luo in a sudden death playoff to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series V Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Chardonnay GC.
McCarthy, runner-up in both the Spring Series I Championship and Spring Series II Championship, followed up a solid opening round 74 with a sizzling 69 to defeat runner-up Devrath Das of San Jose by three strokes in the Boys’ Championship.
A sophomore at De La Salle High, McCarthy’s 69 included five birdies, 11 pars and two bogeys.
It was on the back-nine that he caught fire, carding birdies at No.13, No.15, No.16 and No.18 for a 4-under 32 to earn the title. McCarthy played his last 13 holes at 4 under.
In Saturday’s first round, McCarthy also posted five birdies, but he’d slip with seven bogeys, five of them coming on his front-nine for a 74.
Das, a sophomore at Saint Francis High, also opened with a 74 but couldn’t keep up with McCarthy’s birdie barrage in Sunday’s finale. The San Jose resident didn’t help himself either, stumbling out of the gates with a double-bogey on No.1 and a bogey on the 2nd. A string of three straight birdies on holes No.8 through No.10 and a final birdie on the par-4 18th left Das with a 72.
Finishing regulation in a tie for third at 149 were Sacramento’s Alexander Lee and Ryan Johnson of St. Helena. Lee, who placed third after a post-round card off, had the second lowest round on Sunday, carding a stellar 71 that featured four birdies—including back-to-back on No.17 and No.18—and five bogeys. In his first round, Lee shot 78.
Johnson, who had opened with a 74, rebounded nicely from a five-bogey front-nine 41 on Sunday. On his back-nine, Johnson went 2 under despite suffering a double-bogey five on the par-3 12th.
First round leader Ryan Cuenca of San Jose, who opened with a 71, fell to eighth place with a Sunday 82. Jeffrey Inouye-Wong of Roseville placed fifth at 150 (75-75).
In the Girls’ Championship, it was a duel between Li and Luo. The pair, who finished second and third, respectively, at the Spring Series IV Championship both came in tied after regulation at 5-over 149. Li took the title after defeating Luo on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff.
The 11-year-old Li, who won her age division at the recent Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National, had entered Sunday’s final round trailing Luo by two strokes after opening with a 76 that included six bogeys.
In the final round though, Li more than settled down. Despite suffering a double-bogey on the par-5 4th, Li went on to birdie all three of the par-3’s on Chardonnay’s back-nine for a closing 73 to catch Luo.
Luo, who hails from San Jose, had taken a four stroke lead over Li after playing her second round front-nine at even par 36. A birdie on the par-3 12th kept Luo in control, but she’d finish her round with four consecutive bogeys.
Yealimi Noh of Concord, who won the Spring Series II Championship, placed third at 153 (78-75). In her first round, Noh had three double-bogeys. But like Li, she’d bounce back nicely, carding two birdies and 11 pars on Sunday.
Placing fourth at 155 (78-77) was Rocklin resident Camille Wagg. Coming in at 156, in a tie for fifth, were good pals Kathleen Scavo of Benicia (80-76) and Chloe Corriveau of Pebble Beach (79-77). Scavo won the Spring Series III Championship.
In the Boys’ First Flight, Brian Ma of Milpitas earned a two-shot win after carding rounds of 76-80 for a 12-over 156. Placing second was San Jose’s Jin Kim, who finished at 158 (81-77).
San Jose resident Sebastian Iqbal also came in at 158 (79-79) but was bumped to third following a card off. Edward Anaya of Orinda took fourth place at 159 (79-80).
The Girls’ First Flight wasn’t as close, as Orinda’s Victoria Hoff ran away with an 11 stroke victory after posting solid rounds of 73-75 for a 148., Hoff penciled in nine birdies, 14 pars and 13 bogeys over her 36 holes.
Runner-up in the Girls’ First Flight was Dublin’s Carissa Wu, who came in at 159 (78-81). Placing third was San Jose’s Audrey Heckel at 162 (82-20), while Reisha Savadatti of Los Altos took fourth at 163 (84-79).
The next JTNC tournament will be the Spring Series VI Championship, slated for May 3-4 at par-72 Darkhorse Golf Club in Auburn.
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