Quail Lodge Resort
July 25-29, 2017
July 29, 2017
In her California Women’s Amateur Championship debut in 2016, Manteca resident Brooke Riley had a spot in the match play brackets but never did anything. She instead withdrew to go tee off in the U.S. Women’s Amateur.
This time she not only stuck around but ended up walking away with the big prize.
A 19-year-old sophomore at Northwestern, the No.3 seeded Riley won the title at this year’s annual CWAC Women’s Amateur, defeating runner-up Ziyi Wang of Beijing 2 and 1 in Saturday’s 18-hole final at Quail Lodge Resort in Carmel Valley.
“It’s pretty surreal,” said Riley, who joins the likes of World Golf Hall of Famers Amy Alcott and Juli Inkster as champions of the event. “The field had some amazing names and the trophy has some amazing names on it.”
The four-time Valley Oak League MVP at East Union High School, who hadn’t trailed in any match since the Round of 16, again put her foot on the gas pedal and never let up. A birdie on the opening par-5 1st and par wins on hole Nos. 3, 5 and 8 gave her a quick 4-up lead.
But it was match play, where anything can happen. Still 4-up through the 12th hole, Wang, a sophomore at Stanford, first made things interesting with a two-putt par win on the 13th after Riley missed the green in regulation. Following a halve on the par-5 14th, Wang’s second shot on the par-5 15th headed straight for a pine tree. Miraculously, it never hit a branch, leading to a crucial birdie to cut the lead to just 2-up. Riley had again missed the green in regulation, leading to a par.
“Even though I lost that hole, I told myself that I had to just win one more hole,” said Riley, who picked up golf at the age of 12 from her grandfather.”
For the No.8 Wang, meanwhile, there was still hope. “I knew it would get through the tree. But it was close,” Wang said.
On the ensuing 16th hole, the door opened a bit further for Wang when Riley missed her 4-foot par putt. Wang, however, would see her 3-foot par putt lip out.
The two halved the par-3 17th with pars. Wang again had a chance to push it further, but her 16-foot birdie try missed.
“On 17, I was really focused on the tee shot. I just wanted to make sure I cleared the bunkers,” Riley said.”The whole week was such a grind.”
For Wang, meanwhile, it was also another week of learning. On both Friday and Saturday, the 19-year-old’s caddie was Stanford Mechanical Engineering emeritus professor Dennis Carter. The two met at last year’s Cardinal team/club event.
“I hit the ball as well as I did yesterday. I just didn’t putt as well,” Wang said. “I still had a great week. This gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.”
Alcott, who won the title in 1973, was on hand to help present Riley the trophy afterwards.
July 28, 2017
it’ll be Willie the Wildcat vs. the Cardinal in the finals of this week’s annual California Women’s Amateur Championship.
Brooke Riley, a sophomore Northwesternren, and Stanford sophomore Ziyi Wang each punched their tickets to Saturday’s 18-hole finale at Quail Lodge Resort with victories in Friday’s semifinals. The No..3 seeded Riley knocked out No.2 Kathleen Scavo, 5 and 3, while Wang ousted No.4 Sophie Siminoff, 6 and 4.
Riley, who hails from Manteca, quickly jumped to a 2-up lead with a birdie and par win on holes No.1 and No.2, respectively. Scavo, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, managed to cut the lead back to just 1-up with a win on No.3, but after that it was all Riley.
The four-time Valley Oak League MVP at East Union High School immediately re-took a 2-up lead with another birdie on the 4th. By the time the two reached the 12th tee, Riley’s lead had mushroomed to 5-up. Through the first 12 holes, Riley went 1-under while Scavo, who struggled with her putter, went 6-over.
The last time Riley has trailed in any match was during the Round of 16.
Wang, who’s from Beijing, went the opposite way. Through the first eight holes, she’d hold only a 1-up lead over Siminoff. But that’s before she went on a tear.
In a stretch from holes No.9-No.11, she’d go birdie-birdie-par to leap to a 4-up lead. A par on the 13th and another biirdie on the 14th sealed the deal.
Saturday’s 18-hole final will tee off at 7:30 a.m.
Friday morning’s quarterfinals saw one upset, as No.8 Ziyi Wang knocked out No.1 Sabrina Iqbal, 3 and 1. Iqbal, the defending champion, took an early 1-up lead with a birdie on the par-5 4th, but Wang, a sophomore on the Stanford women’s golf team, won the next three ensuing holes with a par and two birdies.
Iqbal trimmed a 2-hole deficit to one with a birdie of her own on No.11, but she’d quickly lose the 12th to a bogey. Wang went on to win the 14th with another birdie, making it 3-up. Iqbal, senior at Pioneer High, again made it 2-up when Wang double-bogeyed the 16th, but Wang responded with a birdie on the par-3 17th to close the match.
In other action, No.2 seed Kathleen Scavo knocked out No.10 Nicole Schroeder via a 3 and 2 win. In what was an Oregon (Scavo) vs. Oregon State (Schroeder) duel, Scavo also came back from an early one-hole deficit. At all-square through six holes, Scavo broke things open by going 2-under through holes No.7-No.9.
No.3 Brooke Riley, who’ll face Scavo in the semifinals, defeated Simar Singh, 2 and 1. No.4 Sophie Siminoff, meanwhile, beat No.5 Emilee Hoffman with a par on the 19th hole (No.16).
July 27, 2017
The top four seeds, including No.1 Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose and No.2 Kathleen Scavo of Benicia, are all a step closer to the ultimate goal.
Iqbal and Scavo were among those advancing on a busy Thursday at this week’s annual California Women’s Amateur Championship at Quail Lodge Resort that saw both the Round of 32 and Round of 16 completed.
Iqbal, a senior at Pioneer High and the event’s defending champion, began the day with a 4 and 3 win over No. 32 Elizabeth Scholtes. She’d later knock out No.16 Katherine Zhu, 3 and 2. In neither match did Iqbal, the three-time defending Junior Tour of Northern California Girls’ Player of the Year, trail.
As for Scavo, a sophomore at the University of Oregon, the route to the quarterfinals wasn’t so smooth. The two-time California Junior Girls’ State champion (2012, 2013) defeated Joy Robinson, 5 and 4, in the morning, but later had to come back from a two-hole deficit through five to get past No.15 Angela Bagasbas.
Scavo’s comeback was fueled by a run on holes No.6 through No.10 where she went 3-under par.
No.3 seed Brooke Riley of Manteca and No.4 Sophie Siminoff of Los Altos Hills also marched on. Riley, who plays at Northwestern, advanced with a 6 and 5 and 4 and 3 win, respectively. Siminoff, a high school senior, won her two matches, 5 and 4 and 4 and 3.
The biggest upset of the day came in the Round of 32, when No.6 seed Sophie Bergland lost to No.27 Sadie Strain, 3 and 1. Strain would get knocked out in the Round of 16 by No.22 Simar Singh of Los Altos, 4 and 3. Singh, who’ll next take on Riley, won the 2015 California Junior Girls’ title.
In the other quarterfinals matches, Iqbal will face No.8 Ziyi Wang of Stanford, Siminoff will meet No.5 Emilee Hoffman and Scavo will face No.10 Nicole Schroeder, who plays at Oregon State. Schroeder won the California Junior Girls’ title in 2016.
Following Friday morning’s quarterfinals, it’ll be on to the semifinals, which are slated to tee off at 12:30 p.m. The last two players left standing will meet in Saturday’s 18-hole finale, which will start at 7:30 a.m.
July 26, 2017
As Yogi Berra once said, It’s deja’ vu all over again. On Wednesday, Pioneer High (San Jose) senior Sabrina Iqbal and University of Oregon sophomore Kathleen Scavo both finished stroke play qualifying at this week’s annual California Women’s Amateur Championship at Quail Lodge Resort tied atop the leaderboard for first place.
Iqbal, the event’s defending champion, and Scavo finished at 5-under 139 following rounds of 69 and 71, respectively. Iqbal will be the No.1 seed, while Scavo will be the No.2 seed come Thursday’s opening Round of 32 of match play. Last year, the duo also finished tied for medalist honors. While Iqbal went on to win her first CWAC title, Scavo fell in her quarterfinals match.
Iqbal, the reigning three-time defending Junior Tour of Northern California Girls’ Player of the Year, was solid in the second round, posting two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 4th to go against just one bogey. Scavo, who won the California Junior Girls’ State title in 2012 and 2013, was also solid except for one big miscue–a triple-bogey six on the par-3 5th.
The No.3 seed will be Brooke Riley of Manteca, who came in at 140 following a stellar 68 that included six birdies and two bogeys. Sophie Siminoff of Los Altos Hills will be the No.4 seed after coming in at 141.
The cutline (low 32) to advance to match play came at 12-over 156. Thursday’s action will see both the Round of 32 and Round of 16
Former champions of the event include Patty Sheehan, Juli Inkster and current LPGA member Mina Harigae.
Some familiar names are atop the leaderboard following Tuesday’s first round of stroke play qualifying at this week’s annual Califonia Women’s Amateur Championship at Quail Lodge Resort.
Kathleen Scavo, a sophomore at the University of Oregon who hails from Benicia, took the lead with a solid 4-under par 68 that included five birdies and a bogey. The former two-time California Junior Girls’ State champion (2012, 2013) caught fire on the back-nine, posting back-to-back birdies on on hole Nos. 11 and 12 and later at 17 and 18.
Just two strokes back after opening rounds of 70, meanwhile, are University of Texas sophomore Emilee Hoffman, Oregon State University sophomore Nicole Schroeder and Pioneer High (San Jose) senior Sabrina Iqbal.
Iqbal, the defending champion and winner of this year’s NCGA Women’s Amateur, had four birdies and two bogeys. Last year, the defending NCGA Women’s Player of the Year shared medalist honors with Scavo.
Hoffman, who’s from Folsom and started on the back-nine, came out slow, shooting 39 through her first nine. After making the turn, she’d get hot, posting five birdies for a back-nine 31. Schroeder, of Rocklin, carded five birdies to go against a bogey and double-bogey.
Wednesday’s second round of stroke play qualifying will also consist of 18 holes. Following the second round, a cut will be made with the low 32 advancing to match play. Thursday’s action will see the Round of 32 and Round of 16, while Friday’s play will consist of the quarterfinals and semifinals. The 18-hole championship finale will be contested on Saturday.