Junior Tour Spring Series VIII: Roddy Ranch
May 24-25, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Spring Series VIII at Roddy Ranch Golf Club.
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 27, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Spring Series VIII at Roddy Ranch Golf Club in Antioch.
Pleasanton resident Ryan Knop shot even-par 144 and won in a playoff and Yealimi Noh of Concord shot 3-under 141 to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series VIII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Roddy Ranch GC.
Knop, who helped Foothill High win the NCGA/CIF Northern California title last week, made par on the first playoff hole to defeat co-runner-ups Hayden Hui of Dublin and Mikey Slesinki of Fremont in what turned out to be a thriller.
Following a solid 1-over 73 on Saturday that featured four birdies, Knop headed into the final round holding a one stroke edge over three players.
It was Hui and Slesinki who made the big charge, however, to catch Knop.
On Sunday, Knop, who made it to the semifinals of this year’s annual San Francisco City Amateur, lowered the bar further with a 71 that included three birdies and two bogeys, but it wasn’t nearly enough to distance himself from Hui and Slesinki.
Hui, who plays at Dublin High, which also advanced to next week’s CIF State Championship after a third place finish at NorCals, was brilliant in the second round. Coming off a first round 79, Hui posted a bogey-free 65 that featured five birdies and most importantly an eagle on the par-5 18th that helped him catch Knop.
Also in the mix was Slesinki. Coming off a first round 75, Slesinki, winner of the Boys’ First Flight at last year’s Fall Series VI Championship, shot up the leaderboard on Sunday with a 69 thanks to four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 10th to join Knop and Hui at 144 after regulation.
The three went to the playoff, where Knop prevailed.
For Knop, it was his first win of the JTNC season. At the Spring Series III Championship, he finished tied for second.
Finishing in a tie for fourth at 146, just two strokes shy of joining the playoff, were three players—Brad Reeves of Woodbridge, Ryker Barnes of Santa Cruz and San Jose’s Devrath Das.
After opening with a 77, Reevs had a great final round, penciling in five birdies with just two bogeys for a 69.
Barnes and Das also were solid on Sunday, shooting scores of 70 and 72, respectively.
Barnes had one of the crazier rounds of the day. He’d open with four straight bogeys, but from there he’d play he’d play his last 14 holes at 6 under with six birdies. Das was 1 over through his first seven holes, but played the last 11 at 1 under with one birdie and 10 pars.
In the Girls’ Championship, it was all Noh. Noh, who came into the event at No.2 in the JTNC points standings, opened play with a sizzling 3-under 69 and never looked back, cruising to an eight stroke win over the field.
In her first round, Noh had three birdies, including back-to-back on holes No.5 and No.6, plus an eagle on the 18th to take a four shot lead. On Sunday, Noh was just as impressive, posting a 72 that featured two birdies and two bogeys.
It was Noh’s second win of the season. Earlier, she won the Spring Series II Championship.
Coming in second in the Girls’ Championship at 149 was Belinda Hu of San Ramon, who posted scores of 75 and 74. Placing third was Brentwood’s Megan Conder, who shot 77-73 to come in at 150.
Hu, winner of the Fall Series IV Championship, was runner-up at the Spring Series VIII Championship. Conder won the Spring Series IV Championship in April.
San Jose resident Sabrina Iqbal, who holds the No.1 spot in the JTNC point standings, finished in a tie for fifth at 155 following rounds of 79-76. Simar Sangha of Los Altos also came in at 155 after shooting 77-78.
There was also a runaway winner in the Girls’ First Flight, as Vanessa Richani of Granite Bay shot 153 (76-77) to win by seven strokes. Richani finished third at the Spring Series VII Championship.
San Jose resident Aishvarya Bedi, who won the Girls’ First Flight title at the Spring Series IV Championship, was runner-up at 160 (81-79). Jacqueline Ha of San Ramon was third at 165 (85-80).
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Brian Ma of Milpitas took the title with a two-day total of 149 (75-74).
Placing second was Orinda’s Edward Anaya at 152 (80-72), while Nikolai Friedman of Mill Valley placed third at 153 (79-74).
The tournament concluded the Spring Series portion of the 2014 JTNC season. The next event will be the Summer Series I Championship, to be held June 7-8 at Elkhorn Golf Club in Stockton.
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