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Month: September 2017

JTNC’s Borrelli, Harris Shine at PURE Insurance Championship

Sept. 24, 2017

Junior Tour of Northern California members Annika Borrelli and Katie Harris didn’t get the big prize, but they certainly left an impression at the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee.

Borrelli, representing The First Tee of Tri-Valley, and Harris, playing out of The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, each at one point held the lead in the Pro-Junior portion of the event before eventually finishing fifth and T-6, respectively.

Playing with pro partner Sir Nick Faldo, Borrelli closed out the championship with a 3-under 69 Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links. In Friday’s first round at Poppy Hills GC, the two posted a 9-under 62.

“It was awesome to be in the presence of a legend,” Borrelli said. “Just such an incredible experience.”

It was at Poppy Hills that Borrelli picked up her greatest tip from Faldo—believing in yourself.

“We were on the 18th hole and I had 200 yards in. I didn’t think I could get there,” Borrelli said. “He told me go with my 180-club and just have confidence, to believe in myself.”

Borrelli would indeed knock it on the green, and for good measure sank a 100-foot putt.

Harris, playing fellow former Masters champion Vijay Singh, had entered Sunday’s final round in the lead. The two slipped to a 72, but Harris was still all smiles afterwards.

“The biggest lesson I got from Vijay was to just trust myself and the shot,” Harris said. “I never expected that’d I’d make it to Sunday. To do it with him was incredible.”

The JTNC has been a force at the PURE Insurance Championship in recent years. Champions include Casie Cathrea (2011), Michelle Xie (2013) and Jack Avrit (2015). In 2014, former JTNC Player of the Year Joshua McCarthy finished runner-up.

Challenge Cup

Pebble Beach, CA
January 3-4, 2017

Challenge Cup

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January 4, 2018

The Junior Tour of Northern California rolled to a win to take the lead in the annual Challenge Cup.

The JTNC claimed a dominating 17-7 victory over the Southern California Junior Tour, closing out play in the two-day event at Poppy Hills Golf Course with an 8-4 win in Singles play. Winning their matches for the JTNC were Justin Gums, Carlos Arieta Winsett, Sam Sommerhauser, Ethan Chung, George McNeely, Yealimi Noh and Sabrina Iqbal. Getting halves were Sebastian Iqbal and Caleb Shetler.

Winning in Singles for the SCJT were Ray Navis, Jasmine Lew and Amari Avery. The JTNC took a commanding 9-3 over the SCJT on opening day, running the table in both Foursome and Four-Ball.

For the players, the Cup is unique in that it’s a chance to compete as a team, and not as individuals.

“I like that it’s a team format. Everything else I play in is an individual tournament so it’s a new experience,” said Mika Jin. “It’s fun too to get to meet the players from SoCal. It’s fun to compare your games.”

Now in its third year, the Cup too has become a hot spot for collegiate coaches looking to scout available players. Among the programs out in the rain watching first round action were University of Oregon, Stanford, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Illinois.

The JTNC now leads in the series, 2-1.

 

 

 

January 3, 2018

The Junior Tour of Northern California got off to a brilliant start, but there’s still another day to go.

The JTNC took a commanding 9-3 over the Southern California Junior Tour on opening day of the 2018 Cup, running the table in both Foursome and Four-Ball on a rainy Wednesday at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

In the morning Four-Ball matches, the JTNC got wins from Kiran Sangha/Mika Jin, Sebastian Iqbal/Ethan Chung, Justin Gums/Sam Sommerhauser and George McNeely/Brian Stark. The SCJT got a win from the tandem of Guy Clauss/Tyler Schafer.

In the afternoon matches, the JTNC again racked up four points, getting a win from the tandem of Sabrina Iqbal and Yealimi Noh. Iqbal is the all-time leader in JTNC wins with 25.

For the players, the Cup is a chance to compete as a team, and not as individuals.

“I like that it’s a team format. Everything else I play in is an individual tournament so it’s a new experience,” Jin said. “It’s fun too to get to meet the players from SoCal. It’s fun to compare your games.”

Now in its third year, the Cup has become a hot spot for collegiate coaches looking to scout available players. Among the programs out in the rain watching first round action were University of Oregon, Stanford, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and Illinois.

Last year, the JTNC evened the series at one win apiece following a 15-9 victory.

 

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Challenge Cup is our two day team match play event played against a team from the Southern California Junior Tour.   Over the last couple of years this has put together some of the states best players here at Poppy Hills.

We will select a team based on Fall Series points; the top six boys and three girls in the Player of the Year race will get an automatic invite.  (All points must come from Championship Flights.) We are also reserving three captains picks, which will be two boys and a girl, and will be picked by our committee.  To be picked as a captain’s pick a player must have played at least one Fall Series event.

 

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