Junior Tour Spring Series VI – Darkhorse GC
May 3-4, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Spring Series V at Chardonnay Golf Club.
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 5, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Spring Series VI at Darkhorse Golf Club in Auburn.
Dublin resident Justin Choi shot 7-over 151 and won in a playoff and Maria Davis of Vallejo shot 9-over 153 and defeated Jessica Luo in a sudden death playoff to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series VI Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Darkhorse GC.
Choi, a senior at Dublin High, followed up an opening round 76 with a solid 75 and defeated runner-ups Thomas Hutchison and Cody Riecks, who also finished at 151, on the first hole of a sudden death playoff to win the Boys’ Championship. On the first playoff hole (No.10), Choi made par while both Hutchison and Riecks had a bogey.
In a playoff to determine second place, Hutchison and Riecks continued. On the ensuing hole, Hutchison made bogey while Riecks made par.
Choi entered Sunday’s pivotal round five strokes behind first round leader Lucas Carper of San Jose. Early on, it didn’t look like Choi would be able to make a charge, as he stumbled out of the gates with a double-bogey on No.1 and two more bogeys on holes No.4 and No.5.
He’d recover nicely, however, going 1 under the rest of the way thanks to three birdies to come in with a 75. In Saturday’s first round Choi had three birdies and seven bogeys on the difficult Darkhorse course.
Riecks took a path similar to Choi. Following a first round 75 that featured four birdies, the Auburn resident posted a 76 that included three birdies and five bogeys. Riecks also had a golden opportunity to win the championship in regulation, but closed with a double-bogey on the par-5 18th.
While Choi and Riecks were steady, Hutchison rallied to get himself into the playoff. The San Jose resident, who opened with a shaky 80 that included back-to-back double-bogeys on holes No.1 and No.2, shot a day low 71 on Sunday that featured four birdies to go with just one bogey and a double-bogey. Hutchison had entered the final round nine strokes behind Carper.
Carper, who hails from San Jose, opened with a stellar 71 of his own that included four birdies and three bogeys. On Sunday though, he’d slip with an 81 that pushed him back into a tie for fourth place at 8-over 152 with Sacramento’s Garry Williams and Redding’s Jake Smolinksy.
Williams shot 78-74 and had a chance to win it but bogeyed five holes on Sunday. Smolinksy, who won both the Spring Series III and Spring Series IV titles, also had a shot at the title but was slowed down by five bogeys on Sunday.
In the Girls’ Championship, it was a duel between Davis and Luo. The pair matched each other through the first two rounds, carding identical scores of 78-75. In the playoff, Davis won on the third hole (No.12) with a par.
Davis, who plays at Justin-Sienna High, had one birdie, two bogeys and a double-bogey in carding a first round 75. In Sunday’s second round, she’d card two birdies but had three bogeys and a double-bogey.
For Luo, who lost in extra holes at the Spring Series V Championship and placed third at the Spring Series IV event, it was another heartbreaker. The San Jose resident had been solid throughout the second round, going just 1 over through her first 17 holes. But on the 18th she’d card double-bogey to finish with a 75, opening the door for Davis.
Placing third in the Girls’ Championship was Rocklin’s Camille Wagg at 155 (76-79). In taking the first round lead, Wagg, who placed fourth at the Spring Series V Championship, had 14 pars to go with just four bogeys. On Sunday though, she’d slip with seven bogeys and a crucial double-bogey on the par-4 9th. A string of three straight bogeys on holes No.16-No.18 knocked Wagg out of the playoff picture.
Finishing at 12-over 156, in a tie for fourth, was four players—Sabrina Iqbal, Kelsey Ulep, Nealimi Yoh and Samantha Hutchison.
Iqbal, who won the Spring Series I Championship, tried to make a Sunday run but was tripped up by five bogeys on her front-nine. Ulep, who hails from Rocklin, shot identical scores of 78-78.
Noh, who lives in Concord and won the Spring Series II Championship, shot 77-79. Hutchison, who was second at the Spring Series I Championship, also went 77-79.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, San Jose Sebastian Iqbal finally got his turn at the top. Iqbal, who was runner-up at the Spring Series IV Championship, shot 8-over 152 (75-77) to defeat co-runner-ups Brian Ma of Milpitas and Jin Kim of San Jose by three strokes.
Ma, who shot rounds of 80-75 to come in at 155, defeated Kim (79-76) in a card-off for second place honors. Cooper Hunt of El Dorado Hills shot 157 (80-77) to finish fourth in the Boys’ First Flight.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Granite Bay’s Vanessa Richani won the title after shooting 12-over 156 (75-81). Reisha Savadatti of Los Altos, who finished fourth at the Spring Series V tournament, took second place at 159 (80-79). Hailey Rietz of Rancho Cordova came in third at 166 (86-80).
The next JTNC tournament will be the Spring Series VII Championship, slated for May 17-18 at par-72 Ridge Creek Golf Club in Dinuba.
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