Junior Tour Fall I: Paso Robles CC
Paso Robles, CA
August 15-16, 2015
CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners in Fall Series I Championship at Paso Robles Golf Club
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 17, 2015) – Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2015 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Fall Series I Championship at Paso Robles Golf Club in Paso Robles.
Newark resident Jeremy Villafuerte shot 8-under 134 and Campbell resident Clare Brady shot 8-over 150 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series I Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-71 Paso Robles Golf Club.
The event was the season opener for the 2015-2016 JTNC season.
Despite temperatures hovering around 100 degrees, Villafuerte was able to put together two fantastic rounds to take the title.
In Saturday’s first round, he’d open with a sizzling 5-under 66 that included five birdies to go against zero bogeys. A day later, Villafuerte remained hot, posting a 3-under 68 that featured five birdies. He’d seal the victory within the first three holes, carding birdies on holes No.1 through No.3. The only mistake he’d make all weekend was a double-bogey on the par-4 16th.
Among those trying to catch Villafuerte was 2014 JTNC Player of the Year Joshua McCarthy. Coming off a first round 70, McCarthy also opened the final round with three straight birdies. He’d tack on three more birdies, but also had two bogeys to come in with a 67 and two-day total of 137, finishing three strokes behind Villafuerte.
Also hoping to make a charge was Davis resident Sam Yamauchi. Coming off an opening round 72, Yamauchi started the second round slowly with a front-nine 1-over 36. On the back-nine, though, Yamauchi, who placed third, was a force. He’d post a 6-under 30 thanks to an eagle on the par-5 10th and four straight birdies from holes No.15 through No.10.
Folsom resident and fourth place finisher Austin Fox also went low on Sunday, carding a 65 that featured two eagles (holes No.10 and No.12), six birdies and four bogeys.
Fifth place went to Saratoga’s Caleb Shetler, who came in at 142 after a final round 70.
The Girls’ Championship was also a shoot-out.
On Saturday, San Jose’s Sabrina Iqbal, who won JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year honors for the 2014-2015 season, took the first round lead with a 4-over 75 that featured three birdies.
A day later, Iqbal couldn’t find a way to post any more birdies. Instead, the Pioneer High sophomore had to settle for five bogeys leading to a 76 and two-day total of 151.
With Iqbal in neutral, it opened the door for Brady. Coming off a first round 79, Brady played her Sunday front-nine at 1-under after carding four birdies to go against three bogeys.
On her back-nine, Brady was steady, posting only one bogey for a 71. Despite the bogey, she was able to hold and defeat Iqbal by a stroke.
Also in the running was San Ramon’s Angela Bagasbas. Coming off a first round 78, Bagasbas had a Sunday 74 that pushed her to a two-day total of 152, just two shots behind Brady. Bagasbas had a birdie on her back-nine, but had previously posted two bogeys to slow her charge.
Finishing in fourth place at 158 following a final round 77 was Tiffany Cha of San Ramon. Fifth place went to Palo Alto’s Stephanie Yu at 161 after a final round 78.
In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Salinas resident Aj Fitzgerald took home the title, coming in with a two-day total of 145 after a final round 71. Over his 36 holes, Fitzgerald had four birdies to go against seven bogeys.
Placing second was Philip McNamara of Bakersfield, who finished at 150 following a 75. Third place went to Casey Leebrick of San Luis Obispo at 151 following a 76.
Over in the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Vanessa Van Pell of Lafayette took the title, shooting a final round 78 to come in at 162 and defeat runner-up Katie Kaminski by three shots.
Kaminski,of Los Gatos, had a final round 76. Steffi Lin of San Ramon placed third at 173 following an 87.
Saturday’s first round saw a hole-in-one. Joson Ralph of Sunnyvale aced the 157-yard par-3 8th hole.
Next up on the JTNC calendar is the Fall Series II Championship, to be held August 22-23 at Cypress Lakes Golf Course in Vacaville.
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