Northern California Junior Classic at the Reserve
On Thurs., April 14th, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Stockton, Calif., to host the Northern California Junior Classic at the Reserve at Spanos Park. With some beautiful weather in the forecast, the kids were ready to make their mark on the tour’s Northern California Junior Classic in Stockton, California. The weather for the tournament days couldn’t have been better. Saturday’s weather was sunny with a breeze, which made for a great way to start out the tournament. The weather stayed the same on Sunday, making it beautiful for some golf. On both days, the field of players received near ideal conditions, minus some windy spurts during the day, which led to great scoring. The HJGT would like to thank the Reserve staff for allowing us to host our Northern California Junior Classic at a great venue. Winners in each division received invitations to the HJGT Tour Championship on Dec. 3-4. Top three in each division also received an invitation to the Druh Belts Mid Season Invitational on June 11-13. Junior Golf Scoreboard ranking was available for all divisions.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Nathan Leung[/caption] Nathan Leung of Pleasanton, Calif., took home the first place trophy for the Boys 16-18 division. Leung played very consistent, shooting a 75 for both rounds. Leung carded seven birdies for the weekend, including three in his final five holes in round one. Leung’s victory came by a slim margin, as he made par on No. 18 while Chase Godi made bogey to separate the two by one stroke. Godi, another Pleasanton native and a winner on the HJGT, shaved off five strokes off of Saturday’s total to post 73, the low round of the division. There was a two-way tie for third place out of 11 between Californians Spencer Chamberlin (77-76) of Diablo and Blake Mitchell (78-75). Leung was the division’s birdie leader with seven. Leung and Mitchell also tied for the longest bogey-free streak in the division at eight holes.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Brian Stark[/caption] The first place finisher for the Boys 14-15 division was Brian Stark of Kingsburg, Calif. Stark had a great start to the tournament with a 70 in round one and sealed up the top place spot by posting a 74 in round two to post the low score of the tournament. Stark rolled in nine birdies and only had one hole worse than bogey en route to his second HJGT victory. Trey Davis of Olivehurst, Calif., took home silver after shooting a four-over-par 148 for the tournament. Competing from the same yardage as the 16-18 division, Stark’s and Davis’ scores would have won in the elder division. Taking third place out of seven was Garrett Boe of Clovis, Calif., who shot scores of 80 and 78. Stark’s nine birdies led the division. Stark and Davis tied for the longest bogey-free streak in the division at 13.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Alexander Guan[/caption] Taking first place for the Boys 11-13 division was Alexander Guan of Fremont, CA. In his first HJGT event, Guan finished at 14-over-par after rounds of 77 and 81. Guan can credit a strong back nine in round one for his victory where he sunk two birdies in his last four holes to grab the lead. Two-time HJGT winner Anay Roge (80-81) of San Ramon, Calif., and Zachery Pollo (83-78) of Rocklin, Calif., finished right behind at 17-over-par in a tie for second place out of six. There was a three-way tie for the division’s birdie leader between Guan, Blake Knox, and Pollo at two. Guan and Roge tied for the longest bogey-free streak at six.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Courtney Cervellin[/caption] Courtney Cervellin of Elk Grove, Calif., took home the title for the Girls 14-18 division. Cervellin carded scores of 73 and 74 to edge out a one-stroke victory. A birdie on No. 16 proved to be the difference on Sunday for Cervellin. Jasmine Lew of Los Angeles, Calif., took second place out of 18 after posting 74 on both days. Local girl Anitra Khoth of Stockton, Calif., took home the third place trophy after tallying scores of 76 and 77. Cervellin was the division’s birdie leader with eight, and also had the longest bogey-free streak at nine.
Girls 13U Division
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Madison Starke[/caption] The first place finisher for the Girls 13 and under division was Madison Starke of Walnut Creek, Calif. In earning her second HJGT victory, Starke finished at 15-over-par thanks to rounds of 82 and 77. Starke closed out a 13-stroke victory in style by making birdie on No. 18. Kathryn Robinson (86-86) of American Canyon, Calif., took second out of six competitors and shot a 172 for the weekend. Only three behind Robinson was Lisa Marie Rudometkin (86-89) of San Jose, Calif., who finished at 175. The division’s birdie leader was Tuesday Epperson with four. Starke had the longest bogey-free streak at five holes.
Weather for April 16-17, 2016
Round 1: Low 49, High 79. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze Round 2: Low 54, High 84. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Breeze
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,722 Yards Boys 14-15: 6,722 Yards Girls 14-18: 5,925 Yards Boys 11-13: 5,925 Yards Girls 13U: 5,274 Yards