September 15-16, 2012
The Junior Tour of Northern California returned to the Sacramento area for Fall Series II at Mather Golf Course. Above normal temperatures greeted the players on Saturday afternoon, as temperatures reached well into the nineties. The weather wasn’t the only thing sizzling, though, at Mather. Many players went low on, as red numbers were peppered throughout the scoreboard.
In the Boys Championship Flight, twelve players went under par in the first round, with Ryan Han and Danny Ro leading the way with first round 67s. Also on Saturday, Robert Briggs was one shot back with a 68, and Hayden Shieh found himself two shots back with his own 69. Sunday proved to be much the same for Ryan. He backed up his 67 with a final round 68 for a 135 total and a three shot victory. Second place went to Justin Suh, who fired his own 68 in the final round for a 138 total. The low round of Sunday went to Jacob Solomon, who continued his strong play with his final round 67. He finished at 139, tied with Danny Ro, but Jacob took third place in a scorecard playoff.
In the Boys First Flight, Daniel Pena torched the course as well as he won his flight going away. Daniel shot an incredible round of 70 on the first day, then followed that up on Sunday with a 72. His two day total was highlighted by nine birdies over the weekend. Charles Osborne came in second place with very strong rounds of 75-72 to finish at 147, and Cooper Hunt finished third at 149 with rounds of 73-76.
Casie Cathrea flexed her muscles again in the Girls Championship Flight, and showed that when she’s on her game, she will be very difficult to beat. In fact, Casie will be heading off to compete in PGA Junior Ryder Cup next week at Olympia Fields CC in Illinois. Keep an eye out as she represents America against Europe in the junior version of the Ryder Cup. At Mather, Casie fired rounds of 71-71 to finish at 142, five shots ahead of second place finisher Amonjoty Sangha. Amonjoty played strong and steady with rounds of 74-73, while third place finisher Emilee Hoffman had a strong showing as well with her rounds of 72-76 for a 148 total.
The Girls First Flight was won by Amonjoty’s sister, Kiran Sangha. Kiran, quite an accomplished golfer as well, shot rounds of 76-81 to win her flight by an astounding nine shots. Neeve Chen finished in second place with rounds of 81-85 for a 166 total, and Courney Gaoiran captured the third place medal with her steady rounds of 85-84 for a 169 total.
The Junior Tour will continue its fall season on September 29-30 at San Ramon GC.