On Thursday, February 11, the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour traveled to Brentwood, Calif., to host the Northern California Kickoff at Shadow Lakes Golf Course. With great weather in the forecast, the kids were ready to make their mark on the tour’s first tournament in Northern California. 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 allowed for great scoring. The HJGT would like to thank the Shadow Lakes staff for allowing us to host our Northern California Kickoff at a great venue.
Boys 16-18 Division
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Saransh Saxena[/caption] The Northern California Kickoff definitely proved to be a challenge for most, but not for Saransh Saxena of Dublin, Calif., in the Boys 16-18 division. Saxena finished in first by shooting the low round of the tournament with a 70 on day one and followed it up with a 78, giving him a 148 for the tournament. Devin Keith of Lakewood, Calif., placed second by shooting a 12-over-par 154 for the tournament. Keith showed some solid, steady play both days of the tournament and never lost his focus. Chase Godi of Pleasanton, Calif., took third place with a 160, making him 18-over-par for the tournament. Godi picked up his game on day two, improving by four strokes from day one to take third place. Devin Keith and Saransh Saxena tied for first for most birdies in the Boys 16-18 with 4 each.
Boys 14-15 Division
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Brian Ma[/caption] Brian Ma, Ansh Roge, and Trey Davis proved to be the best of the Boys 14-15 Division at the Northern California Kickoff. Ma of Milpitas, Calif., placed first, shooting a 148 for the tournament to finish at six-over-par. Ma was solid in both rounds, shooting a 75 in round one and a 73 in round two. Ma led the field with 26 pars and also had two birdies. Ansh Roge of San Ramon, Calif., finished second with a 159 to finish at 17-over-par for the tournament. Roge made tremendous improvements from day one, shaving 15 strokes to make the climb from fourth place to second. Trey Davis of Olivehurst, Calif., rounded out the top three, shooting a 163 for the tournament and finishing at 21-over-par. There was a four-way tie for the most birdies in the Boys 14-15 Division; Davis, Ma, Roge, and Yee each had two birdies.
Boys 11-13 Division
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Anay Roge[/caption] The Boys 11-13 division had some intriguing competition between Anay Roge, Blake Knox, and Yusuf Ahmed. Roge of San Ramon, Calif., was the champion, shooting a 10-over-par 164, for the tournament. Roge was solid and focused for both days shooting an 83 and 81. Blake Knox of Nevada City, Calif., placed second after posting a 168 for the tournament. Knox showed some impressive play, especially as the youngest competitor in the division. Yusuf Ahmed of Folsom, Calif., placed third, shooting a 177 for the tournament. Roge was the birdie leader for the division with four.
Girls 14-18 Division
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Grace Chen[/caption] The Girls 14-18 division was competitive for most, but not for Grace Chen of Sunnyvale, Calif. Chen took first place after shooting an 11-over-par 153 for the tournament. In second place was Rachel Roter of Livermore, Calif. Roter shot a 25-over-par 167 for the tournament. The third-place finisher was Alexis Browne of San Ramon, Calif. Browne was close behind Roter, but ended up shooting a 169 for tournament. Chen also led the Girls 14-18 division with four birdies.
Girls U13 Division
The Girls U13 division was close, but in the end San Jose native Lisa Marie Rudometkin took the trophy. Rudometkin shot a 176 for the tournament, but close behind her was Madison Starke and Linette Jun. Madison Starke of Walnut Creek, Calif., took home the second place trophy after shooting a 180 for the tournament. Starke greatly improved in round two by shaving off 12 strokes from her first-round score to ascend toward the top. Only three strokes behind her was Linette Jun of Cupertino, Calif. Jun got third place in the tournament finishing with a 183 overall.
Weather February 13-14
Round 1: Low 53, High 76. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Slight Winds
Round 2: Low 52, High 76. Chilly Morning, Sunny Skies, Heavy Winds
Tournament Division Yardages
Boys 16-18: 6,404 Yards
Boys 14-15: 6,404 Yards
Girls 14-18: 5,476 Yards
Boys 11-13: 5,476 Yards
Girls U13: 4,992 Yards