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July 31, 2018

Charles Alliston of Poppy Hills Club shot 3-over 145 and defeated Scout McNealy in a sudden-death playoff  to win the Boys’ Championship and Kaleiya Romero of YOC Santa Teresa shot 4-over 146 to win the Girls’ Championship title at the annual Junior Tour of Northern California Tour Championship at par-71 Poppy Hills Golf Course.


Alliston, a senior at nearby Stevenson School, went wire-to-wire. He’d follow up an opening round 71 with a 74 and later beat McNealy with a par on the first playoff hole (par-4 10th). McNealy, playing out of Sharon Heights G&CC, made a second round charge with a solid 69.

“My ball striking was really good the first 27 holes. Then on the last nine I started feeling the pressure,” Alliston said. “After a few bad swings, I just stepped back a bit. I knew I had the shots in my bag to win it. I just had to execute.”

Third place went to Jason Chen of YOC South Bay at 146 after a 76. Fourth place went to Sam Sommerhauser at 147.

Former Cupertino resident Ethan Chung shot a final round 74 to come in at 149 for a 9th place finish. By virtue of his finish, Chung claimed 2017-2018 JTNC Boys’ Player of the Year honors. He’d beat out Ryan Grauman by a mere two points to win.

Romero, 16, followed up an opening round 70 with a 76. In shooting the 70, she’d hit 15 greens in regulation. Overall, Romero carded six birdies over the two rounds.

“My putting was good,” Romero said. “I also hit my irons well. I was putting my approaches most of the time to within 15 feet of the flagstick.”

Finishing as runner-up at 150 after a 77 was Pleasant Hill resident Madelyn Gamble. Gamble made it to match play at the recent U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Poppy Hills.

Third place went to Kristine Tran of YOC Santa Teresa at 151. Tran would win a card-off over fourth place finisher Danielle Suh of Castlewood CC, who also came in at 151. Andrea Gomez of YOC South Bay claimed fifth place at 152.


In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, three players—Jonathan Le of YOC Santa Teresa, Torin Martin of YOC Alameda and Richmond CC member Niall Shiels Donegan–all finished with matching scores of 13-over 155. L, who had rounds of 77-78, won the ensuing playoff to claim first place.

Fourth place went to Luke Montoya of Preserve GC at 159 after an 81. Andrew Doll of Olympic Club was fifth at 161 following an 82.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Lindsey Huang of YOC Mariner’s Point shot a final round 82 to come in at 161, defeating runner-up Hannah Sangha of YOC Mariner’s Point by two shots. Sangha had rounds of 78-85.

Third place went to Belinda Sutikto of YOC East Palo Alto at 165. Fourth place went to Nathalie Benrey of YOC South Bay at 172, with YOC Metropolitan GL member Kaydee Tu taking fifth at 174.

Next up on the JTNC calendar is the Fall Series I, August 18-19 at Cypress Lakes GC. The event will kick off the 2018-2019 season.

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July 30, 2018

Charles Alliston of Poppy Hills Club and Kaleiya Romero took the first round lead in the Boys’ and Girls’ Championship, respectively, as the annual JTNC Tour Championship got underway Monday at par-71 Poppy Hills.

Alliston carded two birdies and an eagle on the par-5 13th, but he’d also have two bogeys and a double-bogey for a 71. He’ll enter Tuesday’s final round holding a one shot lead over Jason Chen of Youth on Course South Bay. Chen carded three birdies and four bogeys.

Three players–Bradley Vu, Nico Maes and Sam Sommerhauser–are tied for third at 73, just two shots off the lead.

Ethan Chung of YOC Santa Teresa is T-7 at 75. Chung just needs to finish in the Top-10 to earn Boys’ Player of the Year honors. He came into the championship with a total of 1,915 points, just 78 points behind leader Ryan Grauman. Grauman is not competing in the championship.

Romero carded five birdies and four bogeys, good enough to take a two-shot lead over the field. Tied for second place at 72 are Samira Pal of YOC Santa Teresa and Kristine Tran of YOC Santa Teresa.

Both Madelyn Gamble, who played in the recent U.S. Girls’ Junior at Poppy Hills, and Danielle Suh are tied for fourth at 73.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Niall Shiels Donegan of Richmond CC took the lead with a 74. In second place at 77 is Jonathan Le of YOC Santa Teresa.

Over in the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Belinda Sutikto of YOC East Palo Alto leads at 77. Hannah Sangha of YOC Mariner’s Point is just a stroke back after a 78.


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