Coyote Creek GC
April 20-21, 2013
Spring Series V of the Junior Tour of Northern California season materialized four new winners across the four different flights at Coyote Creek GC. Amay Poria (boys championship), Sandip Nirmel (boys first), Samantha Hutchinson (girls championship) and Mira Yoo (girls first) were welcomed into the JTNC 2013 winner’s circle as all four players went home with a gold medal.
Poria, who won the boys championship flight, took control of the situation after an opening round of three-under 69 for a three-shot lead. On Sunday, the Morgan Hill resident was able to cruise to victory firing a one-over 73 to total a 142, two-under par. Poria’s biggest threat was Spring Series II winner, Nick Rogers, who finished three shots back and alone in second at 145, one-over par. Rogers opened up with a first round 72, giving himself a chance to catch Poria, but a final round 73 left him where he started the day, three shots back. Three players tied for third at 147, three-over par: Ryan Han of Hollister, Blake Abercrombie of Rocklin and Josh Sedeno of Roseville. After a scorecard playoff, Han was awarded the third place medal based off the merit of his back-nine 35, which also led to the low round of the day, a one-under par 71.
In the boys first flight Nirmel came away with the victory thanks to his consistency over two days of play. The Fremont resident opened with a four-over par 76 to go into the final round one shot off the lead, and he followed that with a three-over par 75 to finish at 151 and claim a two-stroke victory. Nirmel’s solid play allowed him to hold off fellow Fremont resident, Vivek Vasireddy, who surged up the leaderboard with an even-par 72. Vasireddy improved on his first round score of 81 by nine shots to finish at a 153, nine-over par total. Third place went to another Fremont resident Aaron Chen, who finished at 154, 10-over par. Chen’s first round 75 gave him a one-shot lead going into the final round, but he wasn’t able to recreate the same magic he had that first day, posting a final round 79.
The girls championship flight saw the most competitive action of all the four flights with Hutchinson edging out three other competitors within two strokes. Hutchinson of San Jose had a fair amount of ground to make up going into the final round as she found herself four shots behind first-round leader (and fellow San Jose resident) Grace Park, carding a 75 to Park’s 71. However, as Park faded Sunday with a 78, Hutchinson took advantage firing a final round 73 to earn a one-shot victory over Park 148 to 149. Also in the mix going into the final round with an opening round 74 was Elizabeth Schultz of Lafayette, who was alone in second place. Like Park, Schultz regressed a little in the final round with a 76 to finish in a tie for third place with Amanjoty Sangha at 150. Despite a lower final round score by Sangha on Sunday with a 74, Schultz won the third place medal after a scorecard playoff due to a better back nine 38 to Sangha’s 40.
Yoo, who won the girls first flight, did so with matching rounds over two days as she posted back-to-back 80s for a 160 total. The Fremont resident bettered Naomi Lee of Menlo Park by three strokes, who finished at 163 with rounds of 84 and 79 to earn solo second place. Vallejo’s Courtney Gaorian held the first round lead with a 79, but fell back to third place after a final round 85 to finish at 164.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Coyote Creek 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. Additionally, the JTNC would like to thank Cleveland/Srixon Golf for its sponsorship.
The Junior Tour of Northern California will continue the 2013 season with a visit to Diablo Grande GC in Patterson, Calif. for Spring Series VI April 27-28.