July 13, 2021
Adora Liu of Newark and San Jose resident Jackson Koivun took home the NCGA’s biggest junior prize. Liu shot a final-round 5-over 77 and Koivun had a final-round 3-under 69 Tuesday as the duo won the Girls’ and Boys’ titles, respectively, at the NCGA Junior Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club.
The two join an illustrious list of past champions of the event. Former winners of the Boys’ title include Ken Venturi (1949), Johnny Miller (1963) and Michael Weaver (2009). Past Girls’ champions include Jamille Jose (1988-89), Dodie Mazzucca (1991) and Yealimi Noh (2017).
Liu, who finished with a 54-hole total of 4-over 220, held off runner-up Amelia Garibaldi of Stockton by two shots. Stockton had a final round 76. Michelle Ho of San Ramon took third place at 226 following a final round 80.
Koivun, like Liu a wire-to-wire winner, came in with a 54-hole total of 7-under 209. Sealing the championship for Koivun was a back-nine flurry where he’d go 4-under over his last seven holes. He was the only player to shoot par or better each of the three rounds.
Curtis DaSilva of Monterey was runner-up at 214 after a final round 72. Third place went to Reese Sato of Folsom at 215 after a 67. The 67, which included an eagle on the par-5 14th, was the low round of the championship.
July 12, 2021
Adora Liu of Newark and San Jose resident Jackson Koivun are the players to chase after opening day of the annual NCGA Junior Championship at par-72 Lake Merced Golf Club.
Liu opened the Girls’ Championship with a solid 36-hole score of 1-under 143 after posting rounds of 72-71. In the morning round, Liu had three birdies and three bogeys for a 72. Later, she’d card a 71 with two birdies and a bogey.
Tied for second place at 146 are Michelle Ho of San Ramon and Amelia Garibaldi of Stockton.
In the Boys’ Championship, Koivun is at 4-under 140 after posting rounds of 68-72. In the first round, Koivun got going with a front-nine 33 that included two birdies on holes Nos. 2 and 3 and an eagle on the par-5 6th.
Curtis DaSilva of Monterey is in second place at 142 after shooting scores of 69-73. Pleasanton’s Parker Mapes is alone in third at 144 (71-73).
Tuesday’s final round will consist of only 18 holes.
The NCGA Junior Championship began in 1930 and carries with it a rich history of young champions including eventual PGA Tour players. Notable winners include Ken Venturi in 1949, Bobby Clampett in 1976 and Joel Kribel in 1993. Johnny Miller triumphed at The Olympic Club in 1963 and when Todd Miller claimed the title at Orinda in 1996 they became the only father-son champions. Eddie Fry holds the most wins, after claiming victories in 1941, 1942 and 1943. In 1983 the championship changed from match play to 54-holes stroke play. Since the format changed, the only player to win back-to-back championships is 1998 and 1999 winner Tom Johnson. Patrick Nagle holds the scoring record of 13-under-par 203 set in 2002 at Brookside CC. The only players to win back-to-back tournaments since the girls’ division began in 1982 are Jamille Jose (1988-1989) and Sabrina Iqbal (2015-2016). Haley Andreas holds the girls’ championship record with three-under-par 143 at Spyglass Hill in 2009. With his Boys’ win in 2016, Thomas Hutchison joined sister Samantha (2013) as a champion. The two are the only siblings to have won.