September 14-15, 2013
The Junior Tour of Northern California held its Fall Series IV event over the weekend at Haggin Oaks GC in Sacramento, Calif. and provided plenty of competitive golf. The winners of the four respective flights were Alexander Lee (boys championship), Alex Chin (boys first), Belinda Hu (girls championship) and Beah Cruz (girls first).
Lee of Sacramento had the hardest time to be crowned champion of his flight as a sudden-death playoff ensued at the conclusion of 36 holes. Lee was tied with Josh Sedeno of Roseville at the completion of two rounds, with both players having posted 36-hole totals of 141, 3-under-par. Sedeno looked to have the momentum going into the playoff having come back from three shots behind, following his first round 72 with a 69, while Lee did the opposite opening with a 69 but closing with a 72. However, Lee capitalized on the first hole of the playoff to win the title, bumping Sedeno down to earn the second place medal. In third place was Corey Eddings of Roseville, who also finished with an under-par 36-hole total, posting a 143, 1-under-par. Eddings began the final round two shots back of first-round leader and eventual champion Lee, opening with a 71 before closing with a 72.
The girls championship flight also had a wire-to-wire winner with Hu taking a three-shot victory. Hu began the event with a 1-under-par 71 to take a one-shot lead, and despite a final round 76—a day where many of the top players struggled—she finished at147, 3-over-par for a multiple-stroke victory. Three players tied for second place at 150, 6-over-par, all posting higher scores in the final round: Yealimi Noh of Pleasant Hill, Emilee Hoffman of Folsom and Cristina Glebova of San Jose. After a scorecard playoff, Glebova was awarded the second place medal with rounds of 72 and 78, while Hoffman earned third place with rounds of 73 and 77. Noh also had rounds of 73 and 77, but finished on the outside looking in for fourth place.
In the boys first flight, Chin of Pleasanton broke away from a share of the first-round lead to capture first place by himself at the conclusion of 36 holes. Chin, who opened with a first-round score of 1-under-par 71, closed with a 1-over-par 73 to finish at even-par 144 and win by two strokes. Finishing in second place at 2-over-par 146 was Yountville’s Emerson Chambers, who had duplicate rounds of 73. Third place finisher, Vivek Vasireddy of Fremont had rounds of 74 and 75 to finish at 149, 5-over-par. Co-first-round leader Dylan Menante finished in a three-way tie for fourth with Aditya Kumar and Mikey Slesinski at 150, 6-over-par.
The girls first flight had the largest margin of victory across all four flights as Cruz of Rancho Murieta won by five strokes. Cruz was actually the only winner who didn’t have at least a share of the first round lead going into the final round, yet still remarkably won by the largest margin. After opening with a 4-over-par 76 to be one off the first-round lead, Cruz closed with a final round of 2-over-par 74 to finish at 6-over-par 150 and separate her from first-round leader Emily Dixon of Rocklin. Dixon, who seized the first round lead with a 3-over-par 75, closed with a final round of 8-over-par 80 to finish at 11-over-par 155 and alone in second place. As impressive as Cruz’s final round 74 was, she was not the only player in her flight to post that number as third place finisher Aishvarya Bedi of San Jose also did so. Bedi’s final round 74 was preceded by an 82 in the first round, having her finish at 156, 12-over-par and alone in third place.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Haggin Oaks 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 its 2013 season with a visit to Diablo Grande GC in Patterson for Fall Series V September 28-29.