Junior Tour Summer Series III: El Macero CC
June 23-24, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Summer Series III at El Macero Country Club.
MONTEREY, Calif. (June 25, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Tuesday in the Summer Series III at El Macero Country Club in Davis.
Alameda resident David Na shot 5-under 139 and Vallejo resident Maria Davis shot 12-over 156 to win their respective divisions at the Summer Series III Championship held Monday and Tuesday at par-72 El Macero CC.
Na, who recently graduated from Alameda High, shot a final round 1-under 71 with four birdies, including back-to-back on holes No.14 and No.15, to edge runner-up Truett Waldon of Redding by two strokes.
Winner of the West Alameda County Conference boys’ individual title, Na’s big move came in the first round when he posted a stellar 4-under 68 that featured six birdies and two bogeys. Starting on the 13th hole, Na got to 5-under before closing with a bogey on the 12th.
The victory was Na’s first of the JTNC season. His previous best finish was third place at the Holiday Classic at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey back in December.
Waldon, a senior-to-be at Shasta High, shot rounds of 70-71 to come in at 141.
In his first round, Waldon put together back-to-back birdies on holes No.7 and No.8 and No.14 and No.15 but he also carded two bogeys. In Tuesday’s second round, he had five birdies but also a bogey and critical triple bogey on the par-4 11th. A late run of three birdies on his last four holes wasn’t enough to catch Na.
Placing third at 142 was San Jose’s Justin Suh after identical rounds of 71.
Suh, who recently won the CIF State Boys’ High School individual title and was coming off an appearance in the California State Amateur Championship, posted four birdies in his first round but he also had a bogey and a double-bogey on the 18th.
On Tuesday, he fell further behind after carding a 2-over 38 on the front-nine. The 2013 JTNC Player of the Year got things together on his back-nine, as he played his last three holes at 3-under with three birdies.
Suh currently holds the No.2 spot in this year’s JTNC Player of the Year points standings.
Coming in fourth at 143 (73-70) was Roseville resident Jeffrey Inouye-Wong. Inouye-Wong rallied in the second round, carding a 70 that included four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 14th.
Placing fifth at 144 (72-72) was San Jose’s Devrath Das.
In the Girls’ Championship, Davis shot a final round 8-over 80 to edge runner-up Victoria Hoff of Orinda by two strokes.
At the end of Monday’s first round, the two were tied atop the leaderboard after matching 76’s.
In her first round, Davis had three birdies and seven bogeys, while Hoff had four bogeys and 14 pars.
The pivotal second round saw Davis card eight bogeys, four on each hole. Hoff, meanwhile, managed to pencil in three birdies. But Hoff also had six bogeys, two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey.
Taking third place in the Girls’ Championship was San Ramon’s Vivian Pang, who came in for a 159 after rounds of 80-79. Fourth place went to Corte Madera resident Rose Friedman, who finished at 181 after rounds of 89-92.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Mill Valley’s Nikolai Friedman won the title with score of 3-over 147 (77-70).
Second place went to Saratoga’s William Liu at 148 (75-73) and third place went to Cooper Hunt of El Dorado Hills at 149 (75-74).
Friedman had entered the final round two behind Liu and Hunt. He’d card three birdies and a bogey in the final round to come from behind and win.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Lydia Tsai of Palo made it three in a row, shooting 11-over 155 (80-75) to defeat runner-up Julia Ni of Dublin by six shots.
Ni finished second at 161 (83-78), while Jamie West of Burlingame and Ritida Nanda of Alamo each came in tied for third at 165.
Tsai also won the Girls’ First Flight titles at the Summer Series I and II Championships.
The Summer Series continues with the Summer Series IV Championship, to be held July 15-16 at Coyote Creek Golf Club in San Jose.
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