Junior Tour Summer Series II: Poppy Ridge GC
June 17-18, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Summer Series II Championship at Poppy Ridge
MONTEREY, Calif. (June 19, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Wednesday in the Summer Series II Championship at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.
Fremont resident Louie Chen shot 2-under 142 and defeated Kevin Velo in a playoff and Palo Alto resident Michelle Xie shot 2-over 144 to win their respective divisions at the Summer Series II Championship held Tuesday and Wednesday at par-72 Poppy Ridge GC.
With their wins, both Chen and Xie earned trips to the upcoming Junior PGA Championship, to be held July 29-August 1 at Miramont Country Club in Texas.
Chen punched his ticket to the Junior PGA Championship thanks to a sizzling, bogey-free final round score of 7-under 65 that included seven birdies and pushed him into a tie for the lead with Velo at 142 after regulation. In the playoff, Chen, who had opened play with a 77, sealed the victory by sticking his approach shot on the first hole of sudden death (No.1) to within two feet of the flagstick.
Velo had been steady both days, carding identical rounds of 71. Overall, the Danville resident had 11 birdies to go with nine bogeys.
Coming in third at 143, just a shot out of joining the playoff, was Santa Cruz resident Deane Rinaldi. Rinaldi, who finished second at the Spring Series IV Championship, opened with a solid 1-over 73 that featured four birdies but also three bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-4 16th. In Wednesday’s second round, Rinaldi came blazing out of the gates, shooting a front-nine 4-under 32 with four birdies. On his back-nine, however, he’d lose precious strokes with a pair of bogeys on the 12th and 15th.
Finishing in a tie for fourth at 145, three behind Chen, was three players—San Jose’s Eddy Lai, St. Helena’s Ryan Johnson and San Ramon resident Ashkaan Hakim. Like Rinaldi, Lai also started over par, carding a first round 74. In his second round, he’d go 4-under with four birdies on the front but later played the back-nine at 3-over with a birdie, two bogeys and a double-bogey on the 14th.
Johnson, who shot rounds of 72-73, had four birdies and four bogeys in his first round. On Wednesday, he had three birdies and four bogeys. Hakim was in the mix after Tuesday’s first round with an opening 71 that featured three birdies and two bogeys. In the second round though, he’d slip to a 74, carding only two birdies to go with four bogeys.
First round leader Mark Anthony Vogel of San Mateo, who had opened with a 70, fell back on Wednesday with a 77 to finish in a tie for 10th.
Charles Porter of San Francisco aced the second hole on the Merlot Course in the second round.
In the Girls’ Championship, Xie, who took the first round lead with a 70, held on to defeat co-runner-ups Jessica Luo, Stephanie Yu and Cynthia Navis by a stroke.
In her opening round, Xie defined steady, posting three birdies to go with just one bogey. In the second round, she’d reach a total of 3-under before things got a bit shaky. Following a bogey on the 11th, Xie double-bogeyed the 14th and added another bogey on the 15 to drop to 1-over. She’d get the one critical stroke needed to win by rebounding with a birdie on the par-5 17th.
With Xie teetering, that opened the door for Luo, Yu and Navis. Luo, who entered the event holding the No.4 spot in the Girls’ Player of the Year standings, came back from an opening 75 with a second round 70 that included five birdies—three in a row on holes No.13 through No.15—and three bogeys. She’d finish second in a card-off with Yu.
Yu, who hails from Palo Alto, also tried making a charge. She’d come back from a first round 74 with a solid 71 that included two birdies, 15 pars and a bogey. Navis, who began the second round only two behind Xie following an opening 72, shot a final round 73 thanks in part to a closing birdie on the 18th.
Last fall, Xie won the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Pro-Junior title playing with professional partner Kirk Triplett. Just prior to that, Xie won the Central Coast Section and CIF/Northern California girls’ golf titles.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, San Jose resident Jason Chen took the title with a two-day score of 1-over 145. Chen’s big push came in the first round, when he posted four birdies with just three bogeys.
Placing second was San Jose resident Sebastian Iqbal, who came in at 147 after rounds of 76 and 71. Iqbal won the recent Spring Series VI Championship, and he was also runner-up at the Spring Series IV Championship and previously held Summer Series I Championship.
Copper Hunt of El Dorado Hills, who won the Spring Series II Championship, placed third at 148 following rounds of 73 and 75.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Lydia Tsai of Palo Alto made it two in a row, capturing the title with a total of 14-over 158 (83-75). Tsai won the Girls’ First Flight title at the Summer Series I Championship.
Coming in second at 162 was Arielle Caronna of Orinda after rounds of 85 and 77, while Dublin’s Carissa Wu took third at 163 with scores of 85 and 78. Wu finished second at the Spring Series V Championship.
The Summer Series continues June 23-24 with the Summer Series III Championship at El Macero Country Club in El Macero.
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