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Year: 2021

2020-2021 JTNC Players of the Year

July 28, 2021

Girls’ Player of the Year—Adora Liu

At the end of the 2019-2020 JTNC season, Newark resident Adora Liu found herself just inside the top 50 of the Player of the Year standings. In a tie for 48th.

So the 17-year-old senior at Irvington High decided to put in some extra work. Suffice to say, the longer practice sessions paid off.

Liu would go on to claim 2020-2021 Girls’ Player of the Year honors, finishing the season with 2,361 points. Asterisk Talley was runner-up with 1,786 points.

“It means a lot to me to be Player of the Year,” Liu said. “I put in a lot of work, and I won quite a few tournaments. I’m proud of that.”

Liu won four events—the NCGA Junior Championship, Fall Series II and III Championships and the Holiday Series III Championship. The four victories in a season is tied for the fourth most all-time. Sabrina Iqbal won eight times during the 2013-2014 season.

Along with the wins, Liu, who described her season as “up and down” had one runner-up (Spring Series I Championship) and three third place finishes.

“I had a pretty good start to the season, and then I kind of had a break,” Liu said. “But then I got it going again.”

 

Boys’ Player of the Year—Jaden Dumdumaya

Becoming a pro has long been an aspiration for Fairfield resident Jaden Dumdumaya.

While still just 15, his name is already connected to a U.S. Open champ.

Dumdumaya, a sophomore at De La Salle High, won Boys’ Player of the Year honors for the 2020-2021 season with 2,835 points thanks in part to a JTNC record five wins during the season—Holiday Series III, Spring Series IV and VI and Summer Series II and III Championships. Finishing as runner-up was Zachery Pollo with 1,900 points.

With the victories, Dumdumaya moved into a tie for third with Bryson DeChambeau and Joshua McCarthy for most JTNC wins all-time (six). The only players ahead of him on the all-time win list are Thomas Hutchison (nine) and Justin Suh (11).

“Winning Player of the Year means a lot to me because of all the hard work I’ve put in,” Dumdumaya said. “I wouldn’t be here either without my family. I’m thankful for them.”

Among Dumdumaya’s highlights was a fireworks show at the Summer Series II Championship at Poppy Ridge, where he set a JTNC record for lowest winning score (14-under par). His second-round score of 9-under 63 was the second lowest 18 hole score in JTNC history, behind only a 10-under 62 shot by Scott Munger at the 2012 Fall Series IV Championship.

“It’s definitely one of the best seasons I’ve had,” Dumdumaya said. “I feel that I’m on the right track. Tying Bryson DeChambeau…he’s an amazing golfer. I didn’t pay much attention to the records, but I’m definitely chasing them more now.”

 

JTNC 2021 COVID-19 Tournament Guidelines

JTNC 2021 COVID-19 Tournament Guidelines

April 1, 2021

Junior Tour of Northern California 2021 COVID-19 Tournament Guidelines

The Junior Tour of Northern California is looking forward to moving our tournaments in the direction further normalcy and we want everyone to have a great time at our tournaments and certainly will do our best to make them as safe as possible.   It is very important for all of us to follow these rules so that we will be able to continue to run events during these trying times.

Please Note – These guidelines are subject to change at any time.  We will always follow and comply with any county and state guidelines.  It is extremely important to read through the Player Information sheet and Local Rules for each event.

General Sanitation Guidelines for Participation in JTNC Events

  • Absolutely no gathering or loitering at any location on the property before or after a round.
  • Players must always maintain at least a six-foot distance minimum from other people (except for household members) while on property.
  • Mask/facial coverings should be worn as required by government guidelines when a six-foot distance cannot be met.
  • There will not be an awards ceremony. Players are required to leave as soon as possible after completing their round.  If you may be in a playoff please stay.  More on that below.
  • Please do not arrive to the course more than 30 minutes prior to your tee time.
  • Players need to arrive at their starting tee on time, however, please do not go to that tee until the group in front has cleared.

Scorecard procedures

Scoring: Players are expected to download the USGA TM app (or GolfGenius). If you have previously downloaded the app please make sure you have the most up to date version. The player GGID is available on the scorecard PDF available above and will be given to you on the first tee by the starter.

  •  DURING THE ROUND – Within the group, players will be marking for one other player (just as you would with a paper scorecard). The electronic scorecard has a section for “Marker’s Notes”. This is the equivalent to the tear strip at the top of a scorecard where the marker may keep his or her own scores.
  •  WHEN IS ROUND IS COMPLETED – At the end of the round, all players in the group must report any rules issues to the committee and confirm hole-by-hole scores are correct.  If there are any discrepancies between your “Marker’s Notes” and the scores your marker entered for you, they will be highlighted in yellow.
  • CERTIFYING SCORES – Once all scores are correct you will be prompted to “Certify as Marker” and then you will move to “My Scores”, located at the top of your screen, and then be prompted to “Certify as Player”.  This is the equivalent of signing a paper scorecard and satisfies the requirements of Rule 3.3b. Scores will be considered to be official and returned once the player has left the defined scoring area, the scoring area will be defined within The Notice to Players.
  • Staff contact information is available in the Notice to Players linked above if you have any questions after your round.

Flagstick and Hole

Players will be allowed to remove and touch the flagstick at their discretion.  Any county or course policy that does not allow the touching of flagsticks the following Code of Conduct provision will be in effect.

  • Touching of the flagstick is prohibited. The following Code of Conduct provision is in effect for JTNC events:
    • The flagstick must not be removed or deliberately touched by hand during the round, including with a gloved hand or a towel wrapped around the flagstick. Any player who deliberately ignores this code of conduct policy will be considered guilty of Serious Misconduct (see Rule 1.2b), the penalty for which is disqualification.
  • Working in concert with each individual facility, a device will be used to ensure players can retrieve the ball from the hole without touching the flagstick or hole. This may include:
    • A foam insert allowing the ball to fall only part way into the hole,
    • A hole with the liner turned upside down so the ball can fall only part way into the hole; or
    • An approved flagstick attachment that allows a player to lift the ball from the hole with their club.
  • When a device that does not allow the ball to fall fully into the hole is used, the device is treated as being attached to the flagstick and thus is part of the flagstick. Per Rule 13.2c and the Definition of Holed, if any part of the ball is below the surface of the putting green and is leaning/resting on that device the ball is treated as holed. A ball that hits the device and does not come to rest with any part of the ball within the hole is not holed.

 Bunker Rakes

When bunker rakes are present the ball will be played as it lies.   We encourage players to rake bunkers after playing from them.

When rakes are not present and have been removed throughout the course, the following provision applies.

  •  Players are encouraged to smooth the surface of the bunker with their foot or club before exiting the bunker.
  • JTNC will play Preferred Lies in Bunker: When a player’s ball lies in a bunker, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
    • Reference Point: Spot of the original ball
    • Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length from the reference point, but with these limits:
    • Limits on Location of Relief Area:
      • Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
      • Must be in the same bunker.

Starter Interaction and Material Distribution

  • Local Rules, Pace of Play, Hard Card, Hole Locations, and other paperwork will be provided on the tournament portal for the players the evening before the event. No paperwork will be available at the starting hole.
  • Hand sanitizer will be made available at the starter table.
  • Starter directions given while spread 6 feet apart.
  • A starters box with tees and pencils may be available, please us the provided hand sanitizer before accessing it.

Social Distancing Policies for Practice/Warm-Up (When available)

  • Practice range set up for safe distancing and request players arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to starting time and limit range time to allow others the opportunity. Any stretching or other warm-up activities should be done beforehand at their car.
  • The practice putting green is only available to players 10 minutes prior to their starting time. No holes will be available.
  • All facilities will be different individual guidelines per facility will be given in the player information sheet. Some facilities will not have practice of any kind available.

Food and Beverage

  • Food issued in accordance with county guidelines which includes consideration for touch points and social distancing guidelines.
  • In some cases, food and beverage options may not be available.
  • We will continue to try to provide JTNC water. These will be available at the first and tenth tee, please use the hand sanitizer prior to accessing the ice chest.  Note: it is extremely important that players and spectators realize they will have water needs that JTNC cannot meet, they need to be responsible for this.
  • We will do our best to make everyone aware of what food and beverage availability will be at each site.

Spectators

  • Spectators must maintain at least six-foot distance minimum from people while on property. See individual tournament policies for additional guidelines. We request players to limit spectators to one person, preferably a household member.

Players or spectators that deliberately or repeatedly disregard these rules will be disqualified and or asked to leave property. 

          

JTNC Alum Justin Suh Gives Back

February 5, 2021

San Jose native and two-time Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year  Justin Suh literally paid it forward.

Playing on a sponsor’s exemption, Suh finished tied for 37th at the Farmer’s Insurance Open, earning a check for $34,125. So what did Suh, who was playing in just his 17th career PGA Tour event do with his winnings?

The 23-year-old donated half his winnings back to the tournament

Suh, who was waiting for the PGA Tour Latinoamerica season to start, said his decision came as a result of seeing the impact COVID-19 has had on his home state.

“It was a shock to see how many tents are out on the street and how many businesses have cardboard and wooden planks on the windows,” Suh said. “So it’s extremely sad going back home. I played [in the Farmers] last year and was lucky enough to get a spot again this year, and it just felt like the right thing to do. The tournament, the Century Club, they’re the ones who take care of us as players. And they’re the ones out there—from taking our COVID testing and making sure the security is right—just helping out and making the experience the best that they could for us as players.”

Joining Suh in giving back was his caddie, A.J. Montecinos, who also donated half his earnings from the week. The two had made the decision early on in the week before the tournament started.

It caught Marty Gorsich, the second-year tournament director and CEO of the Century Club completely by surprise, with Gorsich telling GolfChannel.com, which first reported Suh’s donation, that in his nine years with the organization he had never had or heard of a gesture like that from a player in the tournament.

“It was such a crazy year, 2020, and I’ve had a few friends who’ve lost already close ones over the past year, and it’s really sad,” Suh said. “With what the whole pandemic has done to communities and farmers and we’ve had the opportunity for us to keep working, it was the least I could do.”

Holiday Series I – Del Monte GC & Pacific Grove GL

Pairings, Results, and Player Information

Please Note: Pairings will be available Monday, November 15

CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Holiday Series I Championship at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey and Pacific Grove Golf Links in Pacific Grove

 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2021) – Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Tuesday at the Holiday Series I Championship at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey and Pacific Grove Golf Links in Pacific Grove.

Jayden Dumdumaya shot 6-under par 136 and Asterisk Talley shot even-par 142 to win their respective divisions at the Holiday Series I Championship held Monday and Tuesday at par-72 Del Monte GC and par-70 Pacific Grove GL.

Dumdumaya picked up his third win of the season and moved into a tie for second on the all-time JTNC win list with nine victories. In winning, Dumdumaya set a record for most Boys’ JTNC wins in a calendar year with seven. The previous record had been held by Thomas Hutchison with six.

In Monday’s first round at Pacific Grove, Dumdumaya was on fire, posting a hole-out eagle 2 on the par-4 4th and adding four more birdies. A day later, he’d card a 72 but still was able to win by three shots over the field.

Clark Van Gaalen was runner-up at 139 after a 74 at Del Monte. On Monday, Van Gaalen also went low at PG, posting a 65.

Third place went to Brandon Knight at 141 following a card-off win over Jayden Lizama, who also came in at 141. Zackery Tarter and Austin Wang both tied for fifth at 142.

In the Girls’ Championship, Talley notched her fifth win of the season and record fifth in a row. It also marked Talley’s eighth win in a calendar year, breaking a record set by Sabrina Iqbal in 2016.

Talley was steady both days, posting rounds of 71-71. Overall, she’d card five birdies over her 36 holes.

Second place went to Emily Luo at 144 after rounds of 75-69. The 69 was the low Girls’ round for the two days. Third place went to Michelle Ho at 146.

Ellie Bushnell was fourth at 148 and Janna Andaya was fifth at 154.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Christian Choi shot a final round 73 to come in at 148 and defeat runner-up Liam Eyer by two shots. Eyer had a final round 75.

Third place went to Shane Moncrief at 151. Three players—Andrew Oh, Mario Stump and Angelo Bidart—finished T-4 at 155.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Tiffany Chang carded a final round 79 to come in at 159 and defeated Samantha Chiou and Jayleen Sito in a card-off to win the title. Chiou had a final round 79 while Sito shot 81.

Fourth place went to Saisha Vibhute at 166. Sophie Cook was fifth at 168.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Holiday Series Ii Sally Pini Invitational, to be held Dec. 13 at Pasatiempo GC in Santa Cruz.

Fall Series IX – Poppy Ridge GC

Player Information / Pairings / Tournament Results

Please Note: Parings will be available Friday, October 8th

CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Fall Series IX Championship at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2021) – Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Fall Series IX Championship at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.

Jayden Dumdumaya shot 2-under par 142 and defeated Joey Hayden in a playoff and Asterisk Talley shot even-par 144 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series IX Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Poppy Ridge.

Dumdumaya picked up his second win of the season and moved to third on the all-time JTNC win list with eight victories. In Saturday’s first round, Dumdumaya was on fire, posting six birdies with zero bogeys.

A day later, Dumdumaya fell back to a 76, opening the door for Hayden. Hayden, who opened with a solid 68, shot a second round 74 and made a clutch birdie on the 18th on Sunday for a 74 to tie Dumdumaya. In the ensuing playoff, Dumdumaya would prevail on the third hole.

Third place went to Matthew Almajano at 144 after a final round 73. Chanhee Ryu was fourth at 146 after a 78. Lukas Taggart and Julian Monas finished T-5 at 147.

In the Girls’ Championship, Talley notched her fourth win of the season and record-tying fourth in a row. It also marked Talley’s seventh career JTNC win, all of which have come during 2021, tying a record set by Sabrina Iqbal in 2016.

Talley was stellar on Saturday, carding a 69 that included four birdies, 13 pars and just one bogey. A day later, she posted a 75 to win by three over runner-up Sophie Thai. Thai came in at 147 after a final round 76.

Haley Wong was third at 150. Four players—Abigail Lin, Sophia Bardunias, Kiana Briggs and Emily Luo—finished T-4 at 152.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Andrew Oh shot a final round 80 to come in at 151 and defeat runner-up Cru Sullivan by two shots. Sullivan had a final round 77.

Neal Lavelle was third at 154, and Braden Chestnut was fourth at 156. Three players—Angelo Bidart, Liam Eyer and William Chang—finished T-5 at 157.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Saisha Vibhute shot a final round 79 to come in at 160 and defeat runner-up Samantha Chiou by two shots. Chiou had a final round 81.

Jayleen Sito and Elizabeth Gong finished T-3 at 164. Sito was awarded third place in a card-off. Tiffany Chang was fifth at 165.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Holiday Series I Championship, to be held Nov. 22-23 at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey and Pacific Grove Golf Links in Pacific Grove.

Fall Series VIII – Laguna Seca GC

Player Information / Pairings / Tournament Results

Please Note: Parings will be available Friday, October 1st

 

CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Fall Series VIII Championship at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2021) – Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Fall Series VIII Championship at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.

Ethan Lien shot 1-under par 143 and defeated Cole Kroeker in a playoff and Asterisk Talley shot 2-over 146 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series VIII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Laguna Seca Golf Ranch.

Lien picked up his first win of the season thanks to solid play both days. In Saturday’s opener, he’d post 15 pars and a birdie. A day later, Lien carded four birdies, including two clutch ones on the 16th and 17th holes for a final 71.

Kroeker was sensational on Saturday, posting six birdies and a hole-out eagle (par-4 11th) en route to a 68. On Sunday, Kroeker shot 75.

Julia Monas and Clark Van Gaalen finished T-3 at 144 after final rounds of 70 and 74, respectively. Monas earned third place in a card-off. Chris Bettencourt was fifth at 145.

In the Girls’ Championship, Talley notched her third win of the season and second in a row thanks to steady play each day.  On Saturday, Talley had three birdies to go against five bogeys. A day later, she’d post 16 pars on her way to a second straight 73.

Co-runners-up Janna Andaya and Francesca Sumcad came up just a shot short at 147 after final rounds of 69 and 72, respectively. Andaya made a run in the final round, posting a 69 with three birdies.

Ryan Flynn was fourth at 149. Cathy Zhang placed fifth at 150.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Andrew Oh shot a final round 74 to come in at 146 and defeat runner-up Drake Smith by six shots. Smith had a final round 78.

Nick Cardinalli and Taiga Minami finished T-3 at 153. Cardinalli earned third place after a card-off. Matthew Gerad Lee was fifth at 154.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Samantha Chiou shot a final round 83 to come in at 156 and defeat runner-up Claire Addison Lee by six shots. Lee had a final round 80.

Third place went to Elizabeth Gong at 167. Jayleen Sito was fourth at 168. Cynthia Liu and Saisha Vibhute were T-5 at 169.

Chelsea Kim had the shot of the weekend, acing the par-3 14th on Sunday.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Fall Series IX Championship, to be held Oct. 16-17 at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.

Fall Series VII – Windsor GC

Player Information / Pairings / Tournament Results

Please Note: Parings will be available Friday, September 24th

 

CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Fall Series VII Championship at Windsor Golf Club in Windsor

 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2021) – Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Fall Series VII Championship at Windsor Golf Club in Windsor.

Clark Van Gaalen shot 7-under par 137 and Asterisk Talley shot 6-over 150 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series VII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Windsor Golf Club.

Van Gaalen picked up his first win of the season with stellar play each day. In the opener, he’d card six birdies to go against just two bogeys. A day later, Van Gaalen three birdies and an eagle (par-5 10th) to win by four over runner-up Will Hoff.

Hoff came in at 141 following a second round 70. Brandon Knight and Brandon Torres finished T-3 at 144 after final rounds of 71 and 73, respectively. Knight was awarded third place in a card-off.

Aditya Das and Arjun Aujla finished T-5 at 145.

In the Girls’ Championship, Talley notched her second win of the season thanks in part to clutch play down the stretch. She’d play her final seven holes at 1-over par to finish with a 76, good enough to hold off co-runners-up Meghan Paracuelles and Kara Lee by a stroke. On Saturday, Talley posted a pair of birdies.

Paracuelles got within one shot of Talley but had to settle for pars over her final four holes. Lee also was within a shot of the leader but made par over her five final holes. Paracuelles would earn second place in a card-off.

Penny Chai was fourth at 152. Jessie Burch and Ryan Flynn finished T-5 at 153.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Cru Sullivan shot a final round 73 to come in at 154, defeating runner-up Nick Savano by a stroke. Savano had a final round 78.

Third place went to James Ye at 156. Drake Smith was fourth at 157 and Evan Hwang was fifth at 158.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Victoria Cui shot a final round 75 to come in at 157 and defeat runner-up Samantha Chiou by seven shots. Chiou had a final round 81.

Third place went to Elzabeth Gong at 174. Jaylyn Remolona was fourth at 180.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Fall Series VIII Championship, to be held Oct. 9-10 at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey.

Fall Series VI – Yolo Fliers Club

Player Information / Pairings / Tournament Results

Please Note: Parings will be available Friday, September 17th

CIG-Sponsored Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Fall Series VI Championship at Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland

 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2021) – Sponsored by Capital Insurance Group, the 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Fall Series VI Championship at Yolo Fliers Club in Woodland.

Zachery Pollo shot 11-under par 133 and Kara Lee shot 1-under 143 to win their respective divisions at the Fall Series VI Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Yolo Fliers Club.

Pollo picked up his third win of the season and 7th of his JTNC career to pass Bryson DeChambeau and Joshua McCarthy on the all-time win list. Justin Suh is the all-time leader with 11 victories.

A day after a 69, Pollo shot an 8-under 64, tying the record for the third lowest 18-hole score in JTNC history. During the round, Pollo had eight birdies with zero bogeys.

Second place went to Ben Ragland, who came in at 136 thanks in part to a first round 66.

Chanhee Ryu and Ted Davenport finished T-3 at 138. Ryu, who had a final round 68, was awarded third place following a card-off. Aditya Das was fifth at 139.

In the Girls’ Championship, Lee posted a final round 68 to edge co-runners-up Ryan Flynn and Ellie Bushnell by a shot. Lee, who nabbed her first win of the season, had a back-nine 31 on Sunday with five birdies.

Flynn and Bushnell both had final rounds of 73. Flynn had a chance but was hurt by a bogey on the par-4 10th. Bushnell double-bogeyed the 16th. Flynn would be awarded second place following a card-off.

Emma Wang was fourth at 145 after a final round 70. Abigail Lin was fifth at 149.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Iain Vodopich shot a final round 70 to come in at 6-under 138 and defeat co-runners-up Drue Henry Sanchez and Winston Pani by seven shots. Sanchez had a final round 72, while Pani had a 74. Sanchez was awarded second place in a card-off.

Fourth place went to Aaron Young at 152, with Drake Smith taking fifth at 153.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Jiana Park shot a final round 78 to come in at 155 and defeat runner-up Serene Kim by two shots. Kim had a final round 78.

Katherine Keith was third at 167, with Alexis McCoy fourth at 172. Fifth place went to Nailah Jackson at 178.

Hyunhu Na had the shot of the championship, acing the par-3 15th on Sunday.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Fall Series VII Championship, to be held Oct. 2-3 at Windsor Golf Club in Windsor.

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