Celebrating our Champions
This summer we saw some impressive victories across our top women’s competitions. Congratulations to the winners!
NCGA Women’s Amateur – Faith Low
Faith Low, a San Mateo resident and a YOC and JTNC member, shook off a double-bogey, bogey start in the final round to card a final round even-par 72 to win at Poppy Hills GC. Here’s what she said – “I’m very relieved and proud to have won. I just started focusing on the scenery to calm myself down.”
NCGA Senior Women’s Amateur – Marianne Towersey
Pebble Beach resident Marianne Towersey claimed her third NCGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Poppy Hills GC. She began the final day three shots off the lead and was in a 3-way tie heading to the 18th.
“This feels good,” said Towersey, who also won the event in 2007 and 2012. “I discovered something with my putting that helped me in the 11th hour.”
California Women’s Amateur – Sara Camarena
Mexico City native Sara Camarena made a splash in her Golden State debut. The 20-year-old junior at Cal State University-Fullerton, made a clutch par on the tough par-3 18th hole at Pasatiempo GC to hold off Katherine Zhu, 1-up, and win the 54th California Women’s Amateur Championship. Camarena becomes the first foreign-born player to win the prestigious event.
“I’ve only really played in California as a junior,” said the No.18-seeded Camarena, who joins the likes of Patty Sheehan and Juli Inkster as winners of the event. “I’m happy, but I don’t think that it’s really sunk in yet.”
CWC – Leigh Chien
Still only 14 years old, Leigh Chien was the champion at the California Women’s Championship. Chien, a Southern California Golf Association junior member, carded a final round 5-under 66 en route to running away with a seven-shot victory over the field. Over her last two rounds, Chien posted 12 birdies and an eagle to go against just five bogeys.
CWC Senior – Lynne Cowan
Rocklin resident Lynne Cowan took home yet another title. Cowan, an NCGA Hall of Famer, shot a final round 4-over 75 to come in at 225, defeating runner-up Pat Cornett by four shots.
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And let’s not forget about the girls who are on their way to being the winning women of the future!
NCGA Girls Junior Championship – Madelyn Gamble
Madelyn Gamble, age 17, who plays out of Richmond Country Club, shot a final round 1-over par 73 at Lake Merced GC to claim the NCGA Girls’ Junior title by two shots.
“It feels really good to win the NCGA Junior at Lake Merced,” said Gamble, who finished with a 54-hole total of 7-over 223. “It’s a great event and a lot of great players have won it. It felt good to get it done.”
Junior Tour Championship – Madelyn Gamble
Madelyn Gamble completed the double-double.
Gamble, coming off a recent win at the NCGA Junior Championship, shot a final-round even-par 71 to win the Girls’ title by two shots over runner-up Kiara Romero.
A senior at Carondelet High, Gamble was the lone player to shoot par or better both rounds. Headed to Washington State University in the fall of 2021, she’d post three birdies to go against three bogeys.
“I just stayed relaxed and thought about it one shot at a time,” Gamble said. “I enjoy playing Poppy Hills. Every time I play it, I like it more.”
JTNC Player of the Year – Kiara Romero
San Jose resident Kiara Romero already has aspirations of someday playing on the LPGA Tour. Still only 14, she’s still a bit away from that. But her amateur career is off to a promising start.
Romero joined Sabrina Iqbal as one of the youngest winners of the prestigious Junior Tour of Northern California Girls’ Player of Year award for the 2019-2020 season.
“It means a lot to me to win Player of the Year,” said Romero, a freshman at California Connections Academy. “It means that all of my hard work is paying off.”
And, one more congratulations to Ty Akabane who fought her way into the Round of 16 at the USGA Women’s Amateur.
Girls and Ladies – Well Done!