Junior Tour of Northern California Summer Series IV
San Jose CC
July 15-16, 2013
SAN JOSE – The final regular tournament of the Junior Tour of Northern California’s Summer Series was an interesting. Summer Series IV at San Jose CC saw playoffs for both the boys’ flights, while the girls’ flights had victories of two and five strokes, respectively.
In the boys championship flight, Ryan Slater and Joshua McCarthy squared off in a sudden-death playoff with both players finishing 36 holes of play with a score of 146, six-over-par. Slater parred the first hole to end the playoff quickly and claim the top prize. Slater held the 18-hole lead after a first round of 72, but a final round 74 dropped him back in a tie with McCarthy forcing a playoff. McCarthy’s consistency over the two days allowed him to force a playoff as he fired back-to-back 73s, which included seven birdies over 36 holes. In third place and two strokes behind at 148, eight-over-par was Justin Nuval of Clayton. Nuval opened the tournament with a score of 73, which included an eagle-2 on the par-4 second, and closed with a final round of 75.
The boys first flight had three players tied atop the leaderboard at the end of regulation, providing an even more compelling scenario. Ryan Vaughn, Hansi Hell and Aaron Chen each finished 36 holes at 154, 14-over-par, forcing a three-player sudden-death playoff. Chen was the first to be eliminated bogeying the first hole, while Hell was the second eliminated on the second hole with bogey, leaving Vaughn as the last man standing. Vaughn, the champion, began the final round in second place firing a first round 76 and closing with a final round of 78. Runner-up medal winner, Hell, was the first-round leader after an opening round 74 before closing with an 80. Chen, who took home the third place medal, was the only one of the three to improve from the first to final round, opening with a 79 and closing with a 75.
The girls championship flight garnered the largest margin of victory of the four flights as Amanjoty Sangha fired a 36-hole score of 153, six-over-par. Sangha of San Mateo began the final round alone in third place after opening with a first round 78, but on a day where the leaders tumbled, Sangha rose to the occasion firing a final round of 75. Jessica Luo of San Jose, who co-led after an opening round 77, closed with an 81 to finish alone in second place at 158, 12-over-par. In third place was fellow first-round co-leader Angela Liu of San Jose who followed her first round 77 with a final round of 82 to finish at 159, 13-over-par.
In the girls first flight, Sophia Hui of Dublin won her second straight title and third in 2013 winning by a margin of two strokes. Hui, who looked to be out of it after opening with a 90 in the first round, rallied on Tuesday with a final round 79 to finish with a 169, 23-over-par total. Rose Friedman, who began the final round in second place, remained there, posting rounds of 82 and 89 to finish at 171, 25-over-par. In third place at 172, 26-over-par was Courtney Gaoiran firing rounds of 84 and 88.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank San Jose CC in hosting a JTNC event. The JTNC would like to also thank, our title sponsor, Capital Insurance Group (CIG), for its generous support of our families, our players and our Tour. The JTNC is part of the CIG Golf Program through which CIG has become a leader in the support of community golf programs. Additionally, the JTNC would like to thank Cleveland/Srixon Golf for its sponsorship.
The Junior Tour of Northern California will conclude its 2013 points’ season with the Tour Championship July 31 and August 1 at Bayonet / Black Horse GC in Seaside, Calif. The 2014 points’ season will begin with the fall series on August 17-18 at Sierra Meadows CC in Ahwahnee, Calif. For more information please visit www.jtnc.org.