May 4-5, 2013
The Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC), sponsored by Capital Insurance Group (CIG), held its Spring Series VII over the weekend at Darkhorse GC, hosting 103 golfers across four flights. Unlike most weeks, where at least one winner edges out another golfer by a stroke or in a sudden-death playoff, this week all four winners won by a minimum of three strokes.
Evan Knight of Novato won the boys championship flight by a margin of three strokes. Knight was the only player in the boys championship flight to post both rounds in the 60s, firing a 69 and 68 for a 137, seven-under par total. Knight’s impressive play led to eight birdies over 36 holes of play and only one bogey. Coming in second at a score of 140 was Nick Rogers of Santa Rosa. Rogers, who has already won, placed and shown, in three events this year, added to his medal collection by duplicating two-under par 70s on Saturday and Sunday. Third place went to Daniel Gregg of Cool, who finished at 141. After an opening round even-par 72, Gregg fired the lowest final round score with the exception of Knight, a three-under par 69.
The boys first flight also produced a three-stroke margin of victory, with Alex Newman of Carmel, who carded rounds of 73 and 70 for a 143 one-under par total. Newman was bolstered by making a ridiculous amount of birdies over the two days, converting 12 over 36 holes. Eight of those 12 came during Newman’s final round, which also included four bogeys and a double bogey. Second place went to Drake Mendenhall of Granite Bay, finishing at 146, two-over par. Mendenhall, who earned third place in last week’s event, bettered his finish this week by posting rounds of 74 and 72. Grant Leppek, winner of Spring Series IV, took third place with a two-day total of 149. The Rocklin resident opened up with a 76 on Saturday and closed with a 73 on Sunday, which was highlighted by an eagle-2 on the par-4 eighth hole.
Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose had the largest margin of victory across the four flights, winning the girls championship flight by six strokes. Surprisingly, Iqbal only had a share of the lead after opening with a first round of 71, but a solid final round score of even-par 72 gave her a 143 total as her fellow co-leader struggled down the stretch. Yealimi Noh of Pleasant Hill was that fellow first round co-leader and she followed her opening round 71 with a final round of 78. Despite her final round struggles Noh’s 36-hole total of 149 was good enough to earn second place outright. In third place Emilee Hoffman and Katherine Zhu tied at 154, with both players posting rounds of 78 and 76. After a scorecard playoff, Hoffman was awarded the third place medal.
In the girls first flight, Courtney Gaoiran of Vallejo won by a margin of three strokes with a 36-hole total of 154. Gaoiran went wire to wire for the victory as she put together rounds of 75 and 79. Taking second place and finishing at 157 was Noor Ahmed of Folsom. Ahmed played consistently for the two days, challenging Gaorian with rounds of 78 and 79. Third place went to Ysabel Magat of Danville, who edged out fourth place finisher Ashley Pan 160 to 161, carding rounds of 79 and 81.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Darkhorse GC for 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 Ridge Creek GC in Dinuba, Calif. for Spring Series VIII May 18-19.