August 13-14, 2012
The Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC), sponsored by Capital Insurance Group (CIG), completed its summer series with the Tour Championship at beautiful Mayacama GC in Santa Rosa. The players were treated to a stunning course that tested every facet of their games. Not only were tournament winners decided, our Boys and Girls Players of the Year were crowned as well.
The Boys Championship Flight was won by Steven Sunwoo Choi, who fired an incredible five-under par 67 on the first day, and then backed it up with a one-over par 73 in the final round. Choi made eight birdies over the two days, with six of the eight coming on the first round en route to his 67. One would think that his four-under par total of 140 would be good enough to cruise to a victory. However, Hayden Shieh made things very interesting. After his strong first round of two-over par 74, Shieh posted a sizzling final round of four-under par 68, highlighted by six birdies. Shieh’s 142, two-under par total was good enough to leapfrog over many competitors to finish in second place. Third place went to Will Brueckner. Although not striking the ball as well as he would have liked to, Brueckner found a way to summon the other aspects of his game for rounds of 71-72 to finish at 143 three shots back of the leader.
In the Girls Championship Flight, Anna Zhou won in a playoff over two-time JTNC Girls Player of the Year Casie Cathrea. After firing a first round three-over par 75, Zhou found herself one shot back of Cathrea, who shot a two-over par 74 on the very difficult Mayacama track. Paired together in the final round, along with third place winner Kathleen Scavo, Zhou shot a one-under par 71, while Cathrea posted her own even-par 72. Zhou and Cathrea tied for 36 holes at two-over par 146, and went to the first hole for their playoff, where Zhou won by making par. Kathleen improved by four strokes on her first round score of 80 when she posted a four-over par 76 in the final round for a 156 total to place third.
The Boys First Flight was poised to have a great finish as Niall Cooper, Grant Leppek and Rajvir Bedi posted first round scores of 78, 79 and 80 respectively. However, it was Bedi, who came out on top when he fired his final round of 79 for a 159 two-day total. Cooper, who led after the first day with a 78, finished in second when he struggled a bit with a final round 86 for a 164 total. Leppek finished in third with rounds of 79-86 to finish at 165.
The Girls First Flight was won by Rose Friedman, who ran away with her victory with rounds of 79-79. Her two day total of 158 was highlighted by six birdies for the two days, as she cruised to her victory. Bibilani Liu came in second place, while Aishvarya Bedi placed third.
The Boys and Girls Players of the Year were also crowned at the conclusion of this tournament. Jacob Solomon won Boys Player of the Year, while Carly Childs won Girls Player of the Year. This was a fitting end to Solomon’s summer, as he won five times in a span of two months to capture the title. In fact, Jacob’s first round at Mayacama was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the difficult par-3 third hole. This was Solomon’s second ace of his young career, as his first one happened when he was only nine-years-old.
Carly Childs dominated the Girls points list all year, winning three times, while also capturing the CIF High School medalist honors, as she occupied the top spot on the points list wire to wire. This was Childs’ last junior tournament, as she continues her golfing career at the University of California-Berkeley this fall. Childs is looking forward to being able to showcase her prolific game on a larger stage.
Of course, the JTNC would like to thank Mayacama Golf Club for hosting our championship, and also for its unmatched hospitality. It was truly a privilege to be a part of this championship and to be able to play at one of the great facilities in the country.
With the JTNC’s summer series and the 2012 points season now complete, the JTNC will begin its fall series on September 8-9 at Haggin Oaks GC in Sacramento.