July 10, 2014
A slew of some of Northern California’s best juniors were at Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel Valley both Wednesday and Thursday for the annual NCGA/JGANC Northern California Junior Players Championship.
The field split two rounds between Rancho Canada’s par-71 East And West Courses, using the Stableford system for scoring.
Joshua McCarthy of Danville won the Boys’ 16-17 division title, carding rounds of 42-44 for a total of 86 points. McCarthy, who currently holds the No.1 spot in the Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year points standings, defeated runner-up Edd Hackett of Santa Clara (48-36–84) by two points.
McCarthy had a solid second round, posting six birdies with just two bogeys and a double-bogey. Hackett had opened with a stellar 48 that included an eagle and four birdies with just two bogeys, but he slipped to a second round 36.
Los Gatos’ Cameron Henry, who won the Boys’ 14-15 division, led all players with a sizzling score of 88 thanks to rounds of 42 and 48. In his second round, Henry was flawless, posting five birdies with zero bogeys.
Second place in the Boys’ 14-15 division went to Matt Lloyd of San Jose, who finished at 85 after rounds of 45-40.
In the Boys’ 12-13 division, San Ramon resident Brendan Hy took the title, shooting a final round 37 (Stableford system) to finish with 81 points. Lucas Carper of San Jose was runner-up, carding a 45 to come in at 80. Third place went to Saratoga’s Caleb Shetler, who finished the event with 77 points.
Hy, who was coming off a win Tuesday at the NCGA Junior Championship (13-under division), made his big move in the first round, carding four birdies with an eagle on the par-5 9th.
In the Girls’ 15-17 division, San Jose’s Samantha Hutchison took the title, shooting a total score of 72 with rounds of 33-39. Hutchison, who carded four birdies to go with three bogeys and a double-bogey in the second round, was runner-up at this week’s NCGA Junior Girls’ Championship at Spyglass Hill.
Taking second place in the Girls’ 15-17 division was Dahyun Jessica Jeong of Dublin with a score of 69 (33-36).
The winner in the Girls’ 12-14 division was Kiran Sangha of San Mateo, who posted a tourney low score of 78 (33-45). In her second round, Sangha was a force, posting six birdies to go with just one bogey and a double-bogey.
Finishing in a tie for second at 74 was San Jose’s Sabrina Iqbal and Beah Cruz of Rancho Murieta. Iqbal, who leads the JTNC Girls’ points race, had rounds of 36-38 while Cruz shot 34-40.