Poppy Hills GC
July 24-25, 2012
The Junior Tour of Northern California continued its summer season with Summer Series V at beguiling Poppy Hills GC. One hundred and forty five players teed off in morning and afternoon waves, and playing conditions couldn’t have been more different. The morning waves on Tuesday and Wednesday played to overcast yet calm conditions, while the afternoon waves played to sunny but windy conditions. Predictably, scores were generally higher in the afternoon.
Trevor Clayton came out the winner in the Boys Championship Flight. Despite a stellar 68 on the first day, Clayton had to birdie the 18th hole on the final round to get into a three-way playoff for first place. Jason Hurtz fired rounds of 72-75 to finish at 147, and Tanner Hughes also found himself in the playoff at 147 with rounds of 72-75. On the first playoff hole, Clayton sank a clutch five-footer for par to seal the victory. Hurtz ended up taking second place, while Hughes took third.
Carly Childs was again victorious in the Girls Championship Flight. Fresh off qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, which will be held at The Country Club in Cleveland, Ohio, Childs shot rounds of 74-73 for a total of 147. That put her in a tie for first with Hannah Suh, who mirrored Childs’s rounds with a 73-74. Both players went to the first hole for a playoff, and Childs put an end to the suspense very quickly sinking a 25-foot birdie putt. Amanjoty Sangha came from behind with her own 73 on the final day to finish in third place. Her rounds of 77-73 left her three shots back of the leaders.
The Boys First Flight was won by Will Richardson. Richardson shot two consistent rounds of 75-78 for a 153 to win by four shots.
Despite an up and down final round, his two birdies on Nos. one and 10 were good enough for him to cruise to his victory. The round of the day belonged to Joe Bergen, who fired an even-par 72 on Wednesday. After a first round 85, Bergen started the day well back of the leaders, but his final round vaulted him up the leaderboard all the way to second place with his 157 total. Ryan Slater posted consistent rounds of 79-78, for a 157 total as well, but unfortunately lost in a scorecard playoff to Joe. Slater took third place.
The Girls First Flight was won by Kiran Sangha, whose sister, Amanjoty, took third in the championship flight. Sangha posted the low round of the day in her flight with an 81. Her total of 171 was six shots clear of second place. Ellie Loustalot and Brianna Areia tied at 157 total, but Loustalot took second via a scorecard playoff, with Areia finishing third.
The Junior Tour continues its summer series with a visit to Brookside CC in Stockton, Calif. on July 30-31.