Junior Tour Spring Series VII – Ridge Creek GC
May 17-18, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Spring Series VII at Ridge Creek Golf Club.
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 19, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Spring Series VII at Ridge Creek Golf Club in Dinuba.
Dinuba resident Israel Garcia shot 4-over 146 and defeated Evan Peterson of Clovis in a playoff and Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose shot 4-over 146 to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series VII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Ridge Creek GC.
Garcia, a junior at Dinuba High School, picked up his first win of the 2014 JTNC season by defeating Peterson on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in the Boys’ Championship.
The two came in tied at 146 after regulation when Garcia, one of three who shared the first round lead after an opening 70, shot 76 in Sunday’s second round.
In his first round, Garcia opened with a birdie but quickly stumbled with a bogey and double-bogey. It was on the back-nine that he got going, shooting a 3-under 33 thanks to back-to-back birdies on holes No.11 and 12 and No.14 and 15.
On Sunday, Garcia tacked on another birdie at the par-5 5th but he went on to card five bogeys (three straight on holes No.7 through No.9), which opened the door for Peterson.
Peterson, who took second in the Boys’ First Flight at last year’s Spring Series VI Championship, had entered the final round four strokes off the lead after shooting a three birdie, five bogey 74 on Saturday.
He’d catch Garcia simply by being steady. In the final round, Peterson penciled in one birdie,one bogey and 16 pars.
Also making runs at taking the title were Fresno residents Zachary Mikus and Cameron Delaere and Sacramento’s Alexander Lee, who all finished tied for third a stroke back at 147.
Delaere, a high school freshman, had opened with a 2-under 70 featuring six birdies, including four straight on holes No.10 through No.13. In the second round though, Delaere shot a 77 after carding four bogeys and two critical double-bogeys on holes No.2 and No.15.
Lee, who won the Spring Series II Championship at Windsor GC and came into the tournament at No.2 in the JTNC Boys’ points standings, also opened strongly, carding a first round 70 that included five birdies.
Like Dealere, Lee struggled in the second round, posting four bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 8th en route to a 77.
While Delaere and Lee both went backwards in the second round, Mikus, who had opened with a 77, went the other direction on Sunday, carding four birdies on his front-nine for a 70. Mikus’ only miscues were three bogeys, the last coming on the par-5 11th. In the first round, Mikus had birdied No.11.
In the Girls’ Championship, things weren’t nearly as tight.
Sabrina Iqbal, who leads the JTNC Girls’ points standings, notched yet another victory, posting rounds of 69 and 77 for a four stroke win over runner-up Belinda Hu of San Ramon.
In Saturday’s first round, Iqbal was nearly flawless, carding four birdies with just one bogey. Her stellar play gave her a comfy seven shot lead entering the final round.
For Iqbal, who’s competing in Monday’s U.S. Women’s Open Sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, it was her fourth win of the season. Back in the fall she won the Spring Series I Championship at Stockton Golf and Country Club.
Hu, who plays at Dougherty Valley High School, had opened with a 76 and tried to make a run in the second round with a 74 that featured three birdies but was unable to overcome Iqbal’s huge first round lead.
Placing third in the Girls’ Championship was Jacqueline Ngo of Friant at 155 after rounds of 77 and 78. Finishing fourth was Fresno’s Claire Malley, who came in at 160 following rounds of 81 and 79.
The Boys’ First Flight also saw a runaway winner.
Ian Oehlschlaeger of Clovis earned a nine-stroke win over the field after shooting 6-under 138. In his first round, Oehlschlaeger was also lights out, carding a 69 that featured an eagle on the par-5 5th and seven birdies. In the second round, he’d tack on back-to-back birdies at holes No.1 and 2 and holes No.7 and No.8.
Brian Stark of Kingsburg came in second at 147 after rounds of 72 and 75. Grant Fairbairn of Orinda finished third at 151 after rounds of 76 and 75.
The Girls’ First Flight also saw a solid first round pave the way to victory.
San Jose’s AishVarya Bedi carded a first round 78—the only first round score under 80—to take a four stroke lead. In the second round, Bedi carded an 80, good enough to beat runner-up Reisha Savadatti of Los Altos by two strokes. Savadatti shot rounds of 82 and 78.
Placing third was Granite Bay’s Vanessa Richani, who came in at 167 after rounds of 82 and 85.
The next JTNC event will be the Spring Series VIII Championship, to be held May 24-25 at Roddy Ranch Golf Club in Antioch.
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