Junior Tour Spring Series I
Stockton GCC/Swenson Park
March 17-18, 2012
Results – Boys First Flight, Girls Championship Flight, Girls First Flight
Results – Boys Championship Flight
Leading up to the tournament, the story of the week was, of course, the weather. Dire forecasts and heavy rains led many people wondering if we were actually going to have a tournament as some witnesses swore they saw animals walking in pairs in parts of Northern California. However, the golf gods must also be big supporters of junior golf, as Stockton was, for the most part, spared any heavy amounts of rain, and, although the temperatures were chilly, Sunday’s second round stayed dry. Stockton Golf and Country and Swenson Park Golf Course were both gracious hosts to our players, and the tournament went on without any delays.
The Girls Championship Flight played Stockton GCC on Saturday, and after the first round, Hannah Suh, who will be playing for the Cal Bears in the fall, held the overnight lead with a 77. The new face among the leaders was Jessica Luo. Jessica’s game has been improving rapidly, and she was tied with Hannah at 77. Sadie Strain, who will be playing for Santa Clara University in the fall, was only one shot back with her 78.
The Girls First Flight also played Stockton in the first round, as Yealimi Noh and Carina Cater both shot 88 to lead the way. Sabrina Virtusio shot an 89, to trail the leaders by one stroke.
The Boys First Flight rounded out the groups at Stockton GCC on Saturday. Read Reynolds sizzled with a 75, as Bryce Loosigian found himself three shots back with his own 78. Charles Osborne shot an 80 on Saturday for third place after the first round.
In the Boys Championship Flight at Swenson Park GC during round one, the leader board was crowded. Justin Marchiando , Sean Duckering and Shintaro Ban, who was coming off a strong semi-final showing at the San Francisco City Golf Championship, all shared the lead with 72. Hunter Rappleye, who shot a 73, trailed by only one shot, and nine others shot 74.
Although the rain stayed away on Sunday, cold and windy conditions greeted the players for their final round. With temperatures hovering in the low to mid forties all day and wind blowing close to twenty miles per hour, scoring conditions were very difficult.
Hannah Suh overcame the tough conditions and captured the Girls Championship Flight with a tremendous round of 71. Her total of 148 was five shots better than second place finisher Carly Childs, who bounced back nicely from her first round 80. Carly’s final round 73 was second lowest in the field to Hannah’s 71. The two future Cal Bears should be on leader boards together for years to come. Third place went to Nichole Cruz, who shot another strong final round of 75. Nichole also bounced back from a tough first round 80 to leapfrog over many players to capture the third place medal.
The Girls First Flight went to Yealimi Noh. She improved on her first round by six strokes, backing up her first round 88 with a second round 82, for a total 170. Second place went to Ysabel Magat. Her first round 91 was followed by a final round 86 to finish at 177. Kiran Sangha placed third with her 90-91 rounds for a 181 total.
The Boys First Flight was won by John Fracisco. He came from seven strokes back after the first round to capture the first place medal. His sizzling final round 74 was especially strong considering the cold and windy conditions. His rounds of 82-74 (total 156) led to a one stroke victory. Read Reynolds unfortunately had a tougher final round than his first round. His 75-82, for a total of 157 fell one stroke short of first place. Bryce Loosigian finished in third with his rounds of 76-82 for a total of 160.
The Boys Championship Flight had the potential for a tight finish, and that’s exactly what we got. Justin Pagila shot a fantastic early final round 71 to post a total of 146. Then he had to wait until the final group to see if it would hold up for the victory. In the final group, Sean Duckering came in with a final round 74 to tie Justin at 146, but Shintaro Ban, also playing in the final group, posted a 73 for a total of 145 and a one shot victory over Justin (who captured second via a scorecard playoff), and third place finisher Sean Duckering.
Thanks to all the players and families for kicking off our 2012 season. Another special thanks to Stockton Golf and Country Club and their membership for their support of our tour. It’s truly a pleasure to visit such a fine facility. Also, kudos to Swenson Park Golf Course, whose amazing staff was instrumental in getting the golf course in great shape and pulling together a successful tournament.
The Junior Tour of Northern California continues next week at Diablo Grande GC in Patterson.