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CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Spring Series III Championship at Rancho Murieta Country Club in Rancho Murieta

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2019) – Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2018-2019 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Spring Series III Championship at Rancho Murieta Country Club in Rancho Murieta.

Ben Soicher shot 2-over 146 and Jaclyn LaHa shot 5-over 149 to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series III Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Rancho Murieta Country Club.

Boys’ Championship winner Ben Soicher, runner-up Zach Mate and third place finisher Zachery Pollo (left to right)

Soicher notched his first win of the 2018-2019 season thanks to solid play in Sunday’s final round. He’d go 4-under through his first 11 holes, giving himself enough cushion to hold off co-runners-up Zach Mate and Zachery Pollo by a shot.

In Saturday’s opener, Soicher posted two birdies en route to a 75. Mate had a chance to tie Soicher but bogeyed the 18th on Sunday for a 71. Pollo also had a shot at the win but played his final four holes at 2-over. Mate earned second place following a card-off (low back-nine score).

Fourth place went to Jonathan Le at 152 after a 77. Patrick Dumag was fifth at 157 following a 77.

Girls’ Championship winner Jaclyn LaHa, runner-up Claire Chen and third place finisher Kiana Briggs (left to right)

In the Girls’ Championship, LaHa ran away with a comfy nine-stroke win thanks to solid play each day.

In Saturday’s opener, she’d post three birdies en route to a 75. A day later, LaHa carded two more birdies on her way to a 74.

Claire Chen finished second at 158 following a 77. Third place was a tie between Kiana Briggs and Madison Pineda at 159 following final rounds of 78 and 83, respectively. Briggs earned third place following a card-off. Fifth place went to Kaylyn Noh at 161.

Boys’ First Flight winner Al Esguerra, runner-up Trent Vink and third place finisher Matthew Almajano (left to right)

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Al Esguerra shot a final round 77, thanks to a birdie at No.15, to come in at 162 and hold off co-runners-up Trent Vink and Matthew Almajano by a stroke. Vink and Almajano both closed with 80’s.

Alexander Suen was fourth at 164, while Colton Hunt took fifth at 165.

Girls’ First Flight winner Riley Yang, runner-up Michelle Ho and third place finisher Belinda Sutikto (left to right)

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Riley Yang shot a final round 85 to come in at 171, defeating runner-up Michelle Ho by three shots. Ho shot a final round 88.

Third place went to Belinda Sutikto at 177, with Carolyn Liu placing fourth at 181. Audrey Brust was fifth at 183.

Next up on the JTNC calendar is the Spring Series IV Championship, to be held April 13-14 at Franklin Canyon Golf Course in Hercules.


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