Poppy Ridge GC
October 12-13, 2013
Three dominating performances and one close call made up the Junior Tour of Northern California’s Fall Series VII at Poppy Ridge GC in Livermore over the weekend. Victories of six strokes or more occurred in the boys championship, boys first flight and girls first flight, while the girls championship flight was decided by a single shot.
The boys championship flight was dominated by 2013 JTNC Player of the Year Justin Suh, who rolled to an eight-shot victory with a 36-hole score of 8-under-par 136. Suh’s performance was buoyed by a pair of under-par rounds with the first and most impressive one coming in Saturday’s first round. The San Jose resident fired a 7-under 65 on the day, which included nine birdies and two bogeys. The 16-year-old then followed that up with a solid final round of 1-under 71, which consisted of four birdies and three bogeys. Coming in at second place at even-par 144 with some impressive golf of his own was Deane Rinaldi of Santa Cruz. Rinaldi, who’s first round 76 was rather forgettable, had an incredible final round of 4-under 68 which included five birdies and a bogey. Taking third place with a 36-hole score of 1-over-par 145 was Justin Avery of Clovis, who posted rounds of 70 and 75.
Ty Akabane of Danville won the girls championship flight title with a 36-hole score of 1-over-par 145 to edge out Christine Kim of San Jose at 2-over-par 146. Akabane started the day in a four-way tie for second place, but she out-dueled her competition by following a first round 73 with a final round of even-par 72. Kim, who also began the day as one of the four golfers in a four-way tie for second, showed consistency by firing back-to-back 73s. Third place went to 11-year-old Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, who finished at 3-over-par 147 with rounds of 73 and 74. First-round leader Samantha Hutchison of San Jose took fourth place after following her first round of 71 with a final round of 79 to finish at 6-over-par 150.
In the boys first flight Connor Motherway of Reno had a spectacular final round to win by a margin of six strokes. Motherway, who had a share of the lead going into Sunday’s final round opening with a 74, fired a 3-under-par 69 to win with a 36-hole score of 1-under-par 143. His final round included five birdies and an eagle-2 to go along with two bogeys and a double bogey. Finishing in second place with a two-day total of 5-over-par 149 was Mikey Slesinki of Fremont, scoring rounds of 77 and 72. Tied for third place with 36-hole scores of 7-over-par 151 were Aditya Kumar of Fremont and Nathan Leung of Pleasanton. Kumar had a share of the first round lead opening with a 74 before closing with a 77, while Leung had one of the better final rounds firing a 73 after a first round of 78.
Winning the girls first flight by a margin of seven strokes was Ashley Pan of Moraga, who put together a 36-hole total of 153, 9-over-par. Pan went wire-to-wire to win the girls first flight title, posting rounds of 75 and 78. Tying for second place with a 36-hole score of 16-over-par 160 were Courtney Gaoiran of Vallejo and Lydia Tsai of Palo Alto. Earning a share of second place with the low final round of her flight on Sunday was Gaoiran as she fired a final round of 77 to go along with her first round 83, allowing her to move from fifth to second place. Tsai improved too in her final round, following a first round 81 with a final round of 79.
The Junior Tour of Northern California would like to thank Poppy Ridge 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 conclude its Fall Series with a visit to Rancho Murieta CC in Rancho Murieta for Fall Series VIII on October 26-27. For more information, please visit www.jtnc.org.