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Nor Cal Junior Players – presented by the JGANC and the NCGA – Rancho Canada GC

Rancho Canada
July 6-7, 2011

July 7, 2011

CARMEL – Richard Ayala and Mabel Wong were the two overall winners of the 2011 Junior Player’s Championship, which wrapped up Thursday at Rancho Canada Golf Course. The format for the two-day event was a Stableford scoring system which awarded players points for posting lower scores: eagle (eight points), birdie (four points), par (two points), bogey (one point) and double bogey or worse (zero points).

Ayala, the overall boy’s winner, took advantage of the scoring system recording six birdies and an eagle on the day to give him 52 points for the day, 95 for the tournament.  The 17 year-old came from five points back beating out five players who started the day ahead of him.

“I was just hitting everything in the fairway and getting shots on the green, and made my putts,” he said.

Ayala, a senior-to-be at St. Francis High School in Mountain View, hasn’t won a tournament for a couple years and hasn’t been highly recruited for collegiate golf, but that soon could change with the impressive round he put together, which would have equaled a 65 in a normal stroke play competition.

Wong, the 14 year-old from Oakdale, continues to impress as she not only had the best overall girl’s score, but by winning she won her fourth tournament in a row. Over a span of four days last week Wong won the Kings River Junior (a two-day event), the Eric Leeworthy Memorial and the Rancho Murrieta Junior Classic.

“I feel good right now, but I never expected to win,” she said. “I was just playing my best, the round didn’t go the way I wanted it to [at times] it could have been better, but I’m glad I won today.”

In the Girl’s 15-17 division Shawnee Martinez beat Alex Wong in a one-hole playoff to take first place after both girls finished the two-day event with 74 points apiece. Samantha Moyal finished alone in third place with 72 points beating out first round leader Caroline Belmont and Madeleine Bong at 71 points. Kathleen Scavo beat Chloe Corriveau in a five-hole playoff to win the Girl’s 12-14 division (Wong was ineligible to win the division title due to her overall title). Monica Chen took third place with 71 points.

Johnathan Lin, who had the overall lead going into the day, won first place in the Boy’s 15-17 division with 89 points (Ayala was ineligible to win the division title due to his overall title).  Austin Weatherholt placed second with a score of 80 points, while Bryson DeChambeau finished third with 78 points. William Brueckner took the Boy’s 14-15 division with a 79 point total, followed by Sean Duckering and Joshua McCarthy who finished in a tie for second with scores of 78 points. Sunny Yan went wire-to-wire in the Boy’s 12-13 division as he totaled an impressive 83 points over two days. Finishing in a tie for second 16 points behind were Robert Briggs and Justin Goh at 67 points.


Overall champions Mabel Wong and Richard Ayala

Boys 16-17 Flight champion Jonathan Lin (Not pictured runner-up Austin Weatherholt and third place finisher Bryson DeChambeau


Girls 15-17 Flight champion Shawnee Martinez, runner-up Alex Wong and third-place finisher Samantha Moyal


Boys 14-15 Flight champion William Brueckner and runner-up Joshua McCarthy (not pictured Sean Duckering)


Girls 12-14 Flight champion Kathleen Scavo, runner-up Chloe Corriveau and third-place finisher Monica Chen


Boys 12-13 Flight champion Sunny Yan and runner-up Justin Goh (not pictured Robert Briggs)

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Author: Kelly Cimino

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