San Ramon GC
September 29-30, 2012
The Junior Tour of Northern California traveled to the East Bay for Fall Series III at San Ramon Golf Course. This was the first time the JTNC visited San Ramon GC and it proved to be a good test of golf. The golf course is known for the ninth hole – a par four with an island green – which it showed its teeth over the weekend. Many golf balls were lost in the water throughout the weekend, with 20 double bogeys occurring on the ninth hole alone. However, several players were able to either tame the ninth, and those who did found themselves in the winner’s circle.
In the Boys Championship Flight several players fired terrific rounds and were in the hunt after Saturday’s first round. Justin Suh led the way with a 68, Jonathan Shaw with a 69, Amay Poria and Jacob Solomon fired 71s, and Ryan Han opened with an even par 72. After the final round, Suh, Han and Solomon found themselves in a tie for first at four-under par 140, and went to the 10th hole for a sudden death playoff. Suh birdied the first playoff hole to finish in first place, with Han finishing in second, and Solomon taking third.
The Boys First Flight also provided excitement with a playoff for first place. Although Aaron Chen and Ryker Barnes found themselves at the top of the leaderboard after the first day with rounds of 72 and 73, respectively, it was Sandip Nirmel, who raced up the leaderboards on the final day firing a one-under par 71 to go along with his first round 76. After Chen’s final round 75, he and Nirmel found themselves tied for first place at a 147 total. Nirmel won the first playoff hole with a par, and took home his first Junior Tour title.
In the Girls Championship Flight, Chloe Corriveau continued her strong 2012 season with a win by firing rounds of 72-73 for a 145 total. Her rounds were highlighted by 10 birdies over the weekend, and she ended up needing every single one of them. That’s because second place finisher Madelin Gedeon roared back on the final day with an incredible round of 69 to finish only one shot behind Corriveau at 146. Amanjoty Sangha finished strong as well on the final day with a one-under par 71 to leapfrog over many players and take third place.
The excitement continued with the Girls First Flight as well, as the winner was also determined by a sudden death playoff. Bibilani Liu and Kiran Sangha finished the two days at a 153 total. That wasn’t nearly enough golf for them, so they went on the play three playoff holes, before Liu’s amazing up and down on the 12th hole decided the winner. Liu finished in first, Sangha in second, and Lee took the third place medal.
The next stop for the Junior Tour will be October 6-7 at Greenhorn Creek in Angels Camp, California.