Junior Tour Summer Series V: Sevillano Links
June 29-30, 2014
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California
Crowns Winners in Summer Series V at Sevillano Links Golf Course
MONTEREY, Calif. (July 31, 2014) –Sponsored by Capital Insurance (CIG)®, the 2014 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Wednesday in the Summer Series V at Sevillano Links Golf Course in Corning.
San Jose resident Kyle Morris shot 5-under 139 and defeated Reid Buzby of San Francisco in a playoff and Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose shot even-par 144 to win their respective divisions at the Summer Series V Championship held Tuesday and Wednesday at par-72 Sevillano Links.
In what turned out to be a thriller, Morris shot a final round 4-under 68 to come from four behind in Wednesday’s final round of the Boys’ Championship to tie Buzby after regulation. In the playoff, Morris won on the first hole of sudden death.
Coming off an up-and-down first round 71 that featured an eagle (hole No.10) and three birdies to go with two bogeys and a double-bogey, Morris more than buckled down in the second round. The Valley Christian High senior played the front-nine at 4-under birdies. On his back-nine, Morris opened with a birdie on the par-5 10th. From there, he’d play his final eight holes at 1-over after bogeying the 12th.
It all was good enough to chase down Buzby.
Buzby, who took the first round lead on Tuesday with a brilliant, bogey-free 67 that featured five birdies, wasn’t able to get going in the second round. A day after cruising through the Corning heat and the John Daly-designed course, Buzby could only muster two birdies to go with two bogeys for an even-par 72.
The more critical of Buzby’s two bogeys came on the 18th, where a par at worst would have earned him the title outright.
Both Andrew Arnheiter of El Macero and Devrath Das of San Jose finished in a tie for third with matching scores of 144 after final rounds of 68 and 71, respectively. Like Morris, Arnheiter went lower on Wednesday, carding a 68 a day after opening with a 76. Morris would win third place in a card-off over Das, who had rounds of 73-71.
Placing fifth in the Boys’ Championship was Santa Clara resident Edward Hackett, who shot 145 after rounds of 72-73.
In the Girls’ Championship, things weren’t nearly so tight.
Iqbal, who entered the event holding the No.1 spot in the JTNC point race for Girls’ Player of the Year honors, captured her sixth title of the season and second in a row after winning the Summer Series IV Championship at Coyote Creek GC.
The high school freshman-to-be shot rounds of 76-68 to beat runner-up Bibilani Liu of Cupertino by seven shots. Coming off a shaky first round, Iqbal turned on the jets, carding five birdies to go with just one bogey in Wednesday’s final round.
Iqbal did most of her damage on Sevillano Links’ par 5s. She’d play the course’s par 5s at 3-under for the championship.
Liu also went lower in the second round, going from an opening round 79 with eight bogeys to a 72 that featured only two bogeys, but it wasn’t enough to catch the red hot Iqbal.
Finishing in a tie for third in the Girls’ Championship at 9-over 153 was Dublin’s Aileen Dawon Jeong and Livermore resident Taylor Robles. Jeong, who placed third after a card-off, had rounds of 78-75 while Robles shot 77-76.
Belinda Hu of San Ramon, who entered the event at No.3 in the point standings, placed fifth at 155 following rounds of 77-78.
In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Carissa Wu of Dublin won the title, shooting 160 with rounds of 79-81.
Audrey Heckel of San Jose (85-78) and Isabel Minton of Livermore (84-79) finished tied for second at 163, with Heckel placing second after a card-off. Julia Ni of Dublin took fourth place in the Girls’ First Flight, shooting rounds of 81-83 to come in at 164.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Sebastian Iqbal of San Jose placed first, shooting rounds of 79-76 to finish at 11-over 155. It was the second win of the season for Iqbal, who is the younger brother of Sabrina Iqbal.
John Heckel of San Jose (83-74) finished second at 157 and Orinda’s Edward Anaya (77-81) came in third at 158.
The tournament concluded the Summer Series portion of the JTNC season. Next up is the JTNC Championship, to be held August 7-8 at the new Poppy Hills GC.
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