September 26, 2018
Junior Tour of Northern California Players Have Shined at PURE Insurance Championship
Keep an eye on players from the Junior Tour of Northern California at this weekend’s PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee.
In the Pro-Junior portion of the championship, the JTNC has proven to be a force.
In 2011, then JTNC member Casie Cathrea won the Pro-Junior title with partner Ben Crenshaw. Two years later in 2013, Michelle Xie of Palo Alto won the Pro-Junior playing with Kirk Triplett. Another two years later in 2015, JTNC member Jack Avrit won the title competing with the ‘Prince of Pebble Beach’—record five-time AT&T Pro-Am winner Mark O’Meara (pictured).
Coincidentally, this year Avrit’s younger brother, Owen, will be playing with O’Meara.
There was also Josh McCarthy’s close call at the 2014 First Tee Open. While McCarthy and partner Peter Senior appeared to have the title won, The First Tee of Tucson’s Christopher Meyers pulled off one of the greatest shots on the historic 18th hole at Pebble Beach—by any player, he’d make a double-eagle from 203 yards out—to give him and pro partner Lee Janzen the victory.
When this year’s First Tee Open gets underway Friday at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course, a total of 16 JTNC members will have a chance at hoisting a trophy at Pebble Beach. Here’s the 16 who’ll be hoping to hoist the trophy on Sunday.
Angelica Antonio–First Tee of Greater Contra Costa
Owen Avrit–First Tee of Central Coast
William Bensch–First Tee of San Joaquin
Courtney Cervellin–First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Yena Jang–First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Linette Jun–First Tee of Silicon Valley
Calton Kang–First Tee of Silicon Valley
Erica Lam–First Tee of Silicon Valley
Nthenya Maithya–First Tee of Central Valley
Skyer May–First Tee of San Joaquin
Isabelle O’Brien–First Tee of Contra Costa
Hailey Salomone–First Tee of Contra Costa
Matthew Sutherland–First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Dylan Van Ostrand–First Tee of Greater Sacramento
Jack Wright–First Tee of Fresno
Kelly Yu–First Tee of Fresno