July 5-6, Poppy Ridge GC
July 6, 2017
Manteca resident Ty Griggs took the overall Boys’ title, while Kaleiya Romero of San Jose won the overall Girls’ title.
Playing in the Boys’ 14-15 division, Griggs shot a final round score of 42 (Stableford scoring) to come in at 91 points in Thursday’s finale of the annual Northern California Junior Players Championship, defeating runner-up George McNeely of Carmel by five points. McNeely was competing in the Boys’ 16-18 division.
Griggs made his big move with an opening round score of 49 that featured four birdies and an eagle on the par-4 13th. In the final round, he’d post another four birdies to go against just two bogeys.
McNeely, who opened with a score of 41 and was the winner of the Boys’ 16-18 division, made a move with a second 45 that featured six birdies but could get no closer. Third place went to San Francisco’s Angelo Marcon at 84 following a final round 46.
Romero, meanwhile, had rounds of 39-38 to come in at 77 and win by five shots. Overall, Romero posted five birdies.
Second place in the Girls’ division went to Cynthia Zhang of Milpitas with a two-day score of 72. Zhang competed in the Girls’ 12-14 division. Three players–Mountain View’s Maddie Jun, Annie Liu of Pleasanton and Caris Kim of Los Altos—finished tied for third at 71.
In the Boys’ 12-13 division, San Jose’s Jackson Koivun won the title with a two-day score of 77.
The event is run by both the NCGA and Junior Golf Association of Northern California.
July 5, 2017
Fellow San Jose residents Aashish Achanta and Kaleiya Romero were the ones to chase after Wednesday’s opening round of this year’s Northern California Junior Players Championship at Poppy Ridge GC in Livermore.
Achanta took the lead in the Boys’ 16-18 division, carding a 45 (Stableford scoring) that included five birdies. Tied for second place at 41 were Carlos Winsett of Los Altos and Carmel resident George McNeely.
Romero grabbed the lead in the Girls’ 15-18 division with a score of 39 that featured three birdies. In second place at 37 was Nicole Vivier of San Jose.
In the Boys’ 14-15 division, Manteca’s Ty Griggs had a comfy seven-point lead after an opening score of 49. Over in the Boys’ 12-13 division, Gregory Lee of San Jose was leading after an opening 38.
The Girls’ 12-14 leader was Caris Kim of Los Altos at 37.
The final round will be held Thursday.