September 6, 2019
Watch Out for Junior Tour of Northern California at Upcoming PURE Insurance Championship
Don’t be surprised if a Junior Tour of Northern California player walks away with the Pro-Junior title at the upcoming PGA Tour Champions PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee.
The event, set to tee off Sept. 27-29 at Poppy Hills Golf Course and Pebble Beach Golf Links, has been a good luck charm for JTNC players.
Last year, Carmichael resident Matthew Sutherland (a member of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento) won the Pro-Junior crown playing with his uncle, former NCGA Amateur Match Play champ Kevin Sutherland.
Other JTNC winners have been:
- 2011 Casie Cathrea, who won with Masters champ Ben Crenshaw
- 2013 Michelle Xie, who won with Kirk Triplett
- 2015 Jack Avrit (pictured), who won with co-record five-time AT&T Pro-Am champ Mark O’Meara
There was also former JTNC Player of the Year Josh McCarthy’s close call at the 2014 First Tee Open. That year, McCarthy and partner Peter Senior appeared to have the title won. That is, until 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. Meyers is the only player EVER to win an official event at Pebble by holing out for double-eagle on 18.
***In a twist, this year’s event will have both a Girls’ and Boys’ champion.
JTNC players who’ll be in the field for this year’s Pro-Junior:
- Yusuf Ahmed
- Ashley Knepshield
- Dylan McDermott (2018-2019 JTNC Boys’ Player of the Year)
- Mikaela Paracuelles
- Sam Sommerhauser
- Alexander Iniakov
- Lauren Garces
- Ralph Kho
- Jasmin Krishna
There is no admission fee to attend the PURE Championship, but spectators still need to register. For more info on the event and to register, please visit pureinsurancechampionship.com