Junior Tour Summer Series I: Elkhorn GC
June 7-8, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Summer Series I at Elkhorn Golf Club.
MONTEREY, Calif. (June 9, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday in the Summer Series I Championship at Elkhorn Golf Club in Stockton.
Danville resident Joshua McCarthy shot even-par 142 and Rocklin resident Kelsey Ulep shot 5-over 147 to win their respective divisions at the Summer Series I Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-71 Elkhorn GC.
McCarthy, who entered the event holding the No.1 spot in the tour’s Boys’ point standings, opened play Saturday with a first round 1-under 70 and never looked back, adding a final round 72 to win by three over runner-up Connor Estrada of Yuba City.
Winner of the recent Spring Series V Championship, McCarthy’s opening 70 featured three birdies, including back-to-back on holes No.4 and No.5, and just two bogeys. The 70 gave McCarthy a comfy four stroke cushion over the field, which turned out to be handy on Sunday.
In the finale, McCarthy played at even-par through his first 12 holes (three birdies, three bogeys) but then slipped with a double-bogey on the par-3 13th. He’d immediately shake it off, carding a birdie on the 15th to come in at just one over par.
Estrada, who opened with a 74 that featured four birdies but also three bogeys and two critical double-bogeys, tried to make a run in the second round with a 71, but it wasn’t enough to catch McCarthy. In his second round, Estrada, who came in at 145, got to 1-under on the day after a birdie on the 13th, but from there on he’d only be able to par out. He also bogeyed the 18th.
Also trying to make a charge was Danville’s Christian Banke. Following a tough opening round 77, Banke went on a birdie binge en route to a second round tournament low 69 to finish in third at 146.
On his front-nine, Banke carded four birdies, including back-to-back on holes No.5 and No.6, to shoot a 2-under 34. On Banke’s back-nine he’d pencil in two more back-to-back birdies on holes No.10 and No.11 to get to 2-over for the championship, but he’d play his last seven holes at 2-over after suffering a crucial double-bogey on the 17th.
Finishing in a tie for fourth in the Boys’ Championship at 151, nine strokes behind McCarthy, were Orlinda’s Brendan Choe (77-74) and Clayton resident Justin Nuval (76-75).
While McCarthy was in control the entire tournament, the Girls’ Championship turned out to be a duel between Ulep and San Ramon resident Belinda Hu.
Following the first round, both players had a three shot over the rest of the field after coming in with identical 75’s. In Sunday’s finale, the remained tied through the front-nine after carding matching 1-under 35’s.
The difference came on the back-nine, where Ulep managed to go just 2-over thanks to a birdie on the par-5 11th for a round of 72. Hu, on the other hand, went 4-over on the back-nine thanks in part to three straight bogeys on holes No.12 through No.14 for a 74.
For Ulep, who had six birdies over her 36 holes, it was her first win of the season. Hu, who came into the event holding the No.3 spot in the Girls’ point standings, had her fifth runner-up finish this season.
San Jose resident Sabrina Iqbal, currently the leader in the Girls’ point standings, tried to make a push with a second round 75 but had to settle for third place at 153.
Vallejo resident Maria Davis came in fourth place at 155 (81-74), while Antioch’s Sabrina Virtusio (81-77) and Oakdale resident Mabel Wong (78-80) shared fifth place at 158.
In the Boys’ First Flight, Orinda resident Edward Anaya finally got his turn at the top.
Anaya shot rounds of 77-68 to come in at 145 and defeat runner-up Sebastian Iqbal of San Jose (76-72) by three shots. Anaya, who was coming off a second place finish at the Spring Series VIII Championship, was sensational on Sunday, carding five birdies, including back-to-back on holes No.17 and No.18, to go with just two bogeys.
Third place in the Boys’ First Flight went to John Heckel of San Jose, who came in at 153 (77-76).
In the Girls’ First Flight, Lydia Tsai of Palo Alto was in control the whole way. Tsai opened with a solid 5-over 76 and followed that up with an 80 to come in at 156 and defeat runner-up Jack Caniete of Antioch by five strokes.
Caniete had rounds of 83-78 to finish at 161. Placing third was San Ramon resident Jacqueline Ha, who came in at 163 after rounds of 82-81.
The Summer Series continues June 17-18 with the Summer Series II Championship, to be held at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.
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