Junior Players Championship
Rancho Canada GC
July 4-5, 2012
July 5, 2012
CARMEL – Ripon’s Andrew Bonner and Palo Alto’s Anna Zhou took top honors in the Nor-Cal Players Championship at Rancho Canada in Carmel. In conjunction with the JGANC and the NCGA, the 36-hole stroke play tournament scored with the Stableford system saw nearly 200 junior golfers compete for division and overall titles.
After a pedestrian 38 put him in the middle of the pack after Wednesday’s first round, Bonner surged to the finish by torching the course on day 2 for the tournament’s best round. A 17-year-old senior from Central Catholic HS came away as the overall boys division winner with a closing stretch of five consecutive birdies and a two-day total of 86 points.
“Mentally staying in it made the difference,” Bonner said. “I wasn’t in the last group or anything and I started a little lower. But I stayed with it and here I am. 5 through 9 I just kind of got it together. It just kind of worked out.”
Zhou earned her win as the overall girls division champion in wire-to-wire fashion. The highlight of the first day was an eagle on the 289-yard par-4 13th hole of the West Course. She drove the green and landed 10 feet from the flagstick to gain eight points on her competition. Despite Zhou’s youth in relation to the field, the 14-year-old from Palo Alto, calmed her nerves and maintained her composure after posting a first-round 39 and coupled that with a 37 to finish with a two-day total of 76 points.
“The second day I knew I was in the lead for the girls and it was stressful at first. I didn’t play too well on the first several holes and bogeyed two in a row,” Zhou said. “But I just thought that I was more relaxed after bogeying because I wasn’t concentrating on the score and I was just trying to play my best.”
It took a four-hole playoff to determine the champion in the boys 12-13 division. Austin Murphy of Morgan Hill edged Christopher Ebster for the top spot after both carded total scores of 72. Ash Hakim took third in the age group with a two-day 71. The boys 14-15 division winners were Jacob Solomon of Dublin with an 82 total, Nick Simmons of Carmel with an 81 and Livermore’s Brandon Wu rounded out the medalists with a 79.
The boys 16-17 division included the overall boys champion, Bonner. The division medalists were Chico’s Tyler Collier with an 80, a 79 by Drew Nelson of Salinas and a tie for third between Evan McLeod and James Trevino with 78s.
The girls 12-14 division winners were Benicia’s Kathleen Scavo with a 72 and Amanjoty Sangha of San Mateo with a 71. A three-way tie for third at 56 points was earned by Katherine Zhu, Belinda Hu and Chloe Corriveau.
The girls 15-17 division winner was recent graduate and San Francisco resident Alex Wong’s 74. Mabel Wong of Oakdale came in second with a total score of 70 and Kimberly Liu finished with a 65 to place third.
In the Stableford scoring system, players get eight points for an eagle, four points per birdie, two points for a par, one point for a bogey and no points for scoring a double-bogey or worse.