March 23-24, 2013
The Junior Tour of Northern California continued its 2013 season with a visit to Windsor GC over the weekend. One hundred and seventeen juniors participated across the four flights with a champion declared in each one: Nick Rogers (boys championship), Ryan Vaughan (boys first), Nancy Xu (girls championship) and Emily Rotter (girls first).
Rogers of Santa Rosa beat out 45 other players in boys championship flight posting a 36-hole score of 143, one-under par. Rogers’ consistency proved to be important as his rounds of 71 and 72 allowed him to take home first prize and fend off a couple of late surging players. Eddy Lai of San Jose was one of those surging players firing a tournament best five-under par 67 in Sunday’s final round. Lai’s 67 was 11 shots better than his first round score of 78 and allowed him to finish alone in second place. The other play to surge up the leaderboard on Sunday was David Na of Alameda, who shot a three-under par 69 on Sunday. Combined with his first round of 79, Na finished in a tie for third with Daniel Gregg of Cool at 149. Na was awarded third place on the merit of his final round, beating Gregg in a scorecard playoff.
San Jose’s Vaughan won the boys first flight with a fair amount of ease. His rounds of 77 and 76 gave him a two-day total of 153, five shots better than his nearest competitors. Furthermore, Vaughan was the only competitor in his flight to post two sub-80 rounds. Devyn Fitchhorn was Vaughan’s closest competition finishing in second at 158, with rounds of 81 and 77. Similar to Vaughan, Fitchhorn didn’t have much competition for second place as three players tied for third six shots behind him at 164: Matthieu Lu, Sandip Nirmel and Vivek Vasireddy. After a scorecard playoff Lu of Castro Valley was awarded the third place medal. His 36-hole score consisted of an opening round 88 and a final round 76.
Nancy Xu of Sunnyvale went wire-to-wire to beat 31 fellow-competitors in the girls championship flight. Xu captured a three-shot lead after an opening round of 74, and less than 24 hours later, she still held a three-shot lead to earn the girls championship flight title. Xu finished Sunday’s round with a 76 to post a 36-hole total of 150, three strokes better than runner-up finisher Katherine Zhu of San Jose. After an opening round of 78, Zhu put together the low final round in the girls championship flight with a 75 to finish at 153. Her final round was good enough to leapfrog into second place over Sara Scarlett of Woodland, who finished at 154. Scarlett took the third place medal home with her, thanks to consistent rounds of 77 each day.
In the girls first flight, a sudden-death playoff was needed to determine the champion with Emily Rotter coming out on top. Rotter of Fremont and Hailey Bergert-Hellings of Santa Rosa squared off in the playoff after both competitors completed 36 holes with a score of 161. Rotter, who held the first round lead, got to her 36-hole total with rounds of 80 and 81, while Bergert-Hellings made an impressive final round comeback, following her first round-84 with a final round-77. Taking third place was Kenness Cheung of Alameda. Cheung carded rounds of 82 and 90 to finish at 172.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Windsor GC 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. The JTNC would also like to thank Cleveland/Srixon Golf for its support.
The Junior Tour of Northern California will continue the 2013 season with a visit to Castlewood CC in Pleasanton, Calif. for Spring Series III April 1-2.