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2021-2022 Players of the Year

Celebrating the 2021-2022 Season Players of the Year

 

Girls’ Player of the Year—Asterisk Talley

Chowchilla resident Asterisk Talley already had an impressive list of accomplishments.

Among them, a title at the U.S. Kids Championship and an appearance at Augusta National for the Drive, Chip and Putt Finals.

Now, Talley also boasts a JTNC Girls’ Player of the Year title.

And she’s still only 13 years old.

Talley, who began playing golf at age 3, won Girls’ Player of the Year honors by racking up 4,318 points over the season. Second place went to Cathy Zhang with 2,133 points.

How good was Talley’s year? She set a record for wins in a season with nine. The previous mark was eight, set by Sabrina Iqbal in 2013-14. Talley’s victories also moved her to No.4 on the all-time JTNC Girls’ win list.
“It’s all pretty cool,” said Talley, whose first name means “Little Star” according to her mom. “It means a lot being so young.”

Along with her victories, Talley was also runner-up five times. She also reached the Round of 16 at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, which featured players as old as 18.

“My game is a lot better from where it was a year ago,” Talley said. “It takes a lot of practice. But I also have a lot of fun.”

 

Boys’ Player of the Year—Clark Van Gaalen

When he was a junior, Tiger Woods had a list of goals taped next to a poster of Jack Nicklaus.

We don’t know where 16-year-old Turlock resident Clark Van Gaalen keeps his list of goals, but he has one. And one more thing is now scratched off.

Van Gaalen won 2021-2022 Boys’ Player of the Year honors, finishing the season with 2,748 points. Jaden Dumdumaya, who won POY honors in 2021, placed second with 1,863 points.

“It’s a good accomplishment. It was on my checklist,” said Van Gaalen, a junior at Turlock High. “JTNC Player of the Year is something I’ve wanted.”

Van Gaalen would collect five wins, including a cherry-on-top win at the Tour Championship in July in a playoff. He also had four runner-up finishes. His five victories tied Dumdumaya’s JTNC record for most wins in a season.

“I feel pretty successful. I scored the way I wanted to during the season,” said Van Gaalen, who first started playing at age 9. “For the level of competition we have out here, I think I played well.”

 

Summer Series III–Spring Creek GC

Pairings/Results 

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Summer Series III Championship at Spring Creek Golf Club in Ripon  

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 18, 2022) –The 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Monday at the Summer Series III Championship at Spring Creek Golf Club in Ripon.

Justin Rodriguez shot 8-over par 150 and Haley Wong shot 13-over par 155 to win their respective divisions at the Summer Series III Championship held Sunday and Monday at par-71 Spring Creek Golf Club.

Rodriguez notched his first win of the 2021-22 season thanks in part to a solid second round 73 that included birdies on the 15th and 17th holes. They’d come in handy. Cru Sullivan, who finished as runner-up, had a chance to force a playoff but ended up making bogey on both the 17th and 18th holes for a final round 77.

Third place went to Julian Galindo at 152 after a final round 73. Connor Peters was fourth at 153, with Aidan Sweeney placing fifth at 158.

In the Girls’ Championship, things were also tight. Wong would card a final round 76 to hold off runner-up Gabriella Illardi by a stroke.

Wong was clutch down the stretch, making pars on her final five holes. Illardi had a chance to tie but bogeyed the 16th for a 78 to finish one behind.

Third place went to Netra Kumar at 160. Erin Lee was fourth at 162 and Meghan Paracuelles was fifth at 164.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Arden Xu shot a final round 74 and defeated Karl Besinga in a playoff to win the title. Besinga had a final round 78. Both players finished regulation at 150.

Third place went to Jayden Jew at 151. Brian Yu was fourth at 152 and Elias Moncrief was fifth at 154.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Cynthia Liu shot a final round 79 to come in at 158, defeating runner-up Melody Chen by 13 shots. Chen had a final round 80.

Third place went to Emily Shi at 174. Suri Lau was fourth at 179 and McKynlee May was fifth at 180.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the JTNC Tour Championship, set for July 26-27 at Poppy Hills.

First Flight Tournament–Coyote Creek

Pairings/Results 

 

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at First Flight Tournament at Coyote Creek Golf Course in San Jose 

Ryan Pupach and Erin Le Nguyen won titles at last weekend’s JTNC First Flight Tournament at Coyote Creek.

Pupach shot a round of 2-under 70 to win the Boys’ flight by three strokes over co-runners-up Jared Roy and Jack Wang. Pupach had five birdies on his round, including one on the closing 18th.

Roy and Wang each shot 73. Aston Lim and Arden Xu finished T-4 at 74.

Le Nguyen shot 75 to edge runner-up Melody Chen by two strokes. Le Nguyen had five birdies on her round.

Three players–Saisha Vibhute, Paavni Behl and Teresa Ho–finished T-3 at 80. Behl won the ensuing card-off.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Summer Series III Championship, set for July 17-18 at Spring Creek GC in Ripon.

Summer Series II–Poppy Ridge

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Summer Series II Championship at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore

 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 17, 2022) –The 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Thursday at the Summer Series II Championship at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.

Matthew Almajano shot 1-under par 143 and defeated Nathan Lee in a sudden-death playoff and Cathy Zhang shot 3-over par 147 and defeated Sarah Yeh in a sudden-death playoff to win their respective divisions at the Summer Series II Championship held Wednesday and Thursday at par-72 Poppy Ridge Golf Course.

With their wins, Almajano and Zhang earned spots into this year’s PGA Junior Championship and PGA Junior Girls’ Championship, respectively.

A runner-up over the weekend, Almajano notched his second win of the 2021-22 season with solid play both days. In Wednesday’s opener, he’d post four birdies to go against three bogeys. On Thursday, Almajano had two birdies on the back-nine to help get him in the playoff.

Lee in the first round had a front-nine 33 that included four birdies through his first five holes. He’d get into the playoff thanks to a clutch birdie on the 18th in regulation.

Chad Flory was third at 144 after a final round 69. Leland Tsai was fourth at 145 and Jayden Lizama was fifth at 146.

In the Girls’ Championship, Zhang earned her third win of the season with solid play. In Wednesday’s opener she’d card a back-nine 34 that included a run of four birdies in a row. A day later, Zhang was steady posting 15 pars to go against three bogeys.

Yeh made a move in the final round with two birdies on her front-nine. She’d post a 73.

Third place went to Lily Peng  at 148 after a 76. Selena Tang and Michelle Ho tied for fourth at 152.

Three players—Darla May DeLa Torre, Abigail Lin and Petra Yee—all finished T-4 at 149.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Reagan Baker carded a final round 73 to come in at 150 and defeat runner-up Max Canny by two. Canny had a final round 75.

Luke Swanson was third at 153. Three players—Ryan Pupach, Christopher Chang and Aiden Lew—finished T-4 at 154.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Jayleen Sito had a final round 87 to come in at 162 and defeat runner-up Cynthia Liu by a stroke. Liu had a final round 82.

Hayley Fong was third at 170. Riley Jiang was fourth at 182.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the First Flight Tournament to be held June 26 at Coyote Creek Golf Course in San Jose.

Summer Series I-Reserve at Spanos Park

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Summer Series I Championship at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton

 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 13, 2022) –The 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Summer Series I Championship at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

Clark van Gaalen shot 4-under par 140 and Asterisk Talley shot 5-under par 139 to win their respective divisions at the Summer Series I Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 The Reserve at Spanos Park.

Van Gaalen earned his fourth win of the 2021-22 season thanks to steady play over his 36-holes. In Saturday’s opener, he’d post four birdies to offset a pair of bogeys. On Sunday, he’d card seven birdies to go against a bogey and two double-bogeys.

With the win, van Gaalen is now just one more win away from tying Jaden Dumdumaya’s record for most wins in a season (five).

Runner-up Matthew Almajano came in at 142 after a final round 69. Third place went to Trenton Smart at 146.

Brandon Torres was fourth at 148, while Dawson Loo and Richard Ding came in T-5 at 150.

In the Girls’ Championship, Talley notched her record-setting ninth win of the season, passing Sabrina Iqbal for the all-time Girls’ JTNC record for most wins in a season.

In Saturday’s opener, Talley posted a 70 that included five birdies to go against three bogeys. A day later, she’d post a solid 69 with four birdies and just one bogey.

Runner-up Sammie Miller came in at 143 after a final round 68. Sofia Fernando was third at 147.

Three players—Darla May DeLa Torre, Abigail Lin and Petra Yee—all finished T-4 at 149.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Ian Cheng shot a final round 72 to come in at 147 and defeat runner-up Ethan Cheng by six shots. Ethan had a final round 76.

Eunyule Ko and Robby Croslow were T-3 at 155. Aidan Fippin and Hyunha Na came in T-5 at 156.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Paavni Behl shot a final round 72 to come in at 153 and defeat runner-up Chloe Ku by two shots. Ku had a final round 77.

Third place was shared by Jayleen Sito and Cynthia Liu at 158. Sito won third place in a card-off. Chelsea Kim was fifth at 159.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Summer Series II Championship, to be held June 15-16 at Poppy Ridge Golf Course in Livermore.

Spring Series VIII Championship-Rooster Run

Championship Info/Pairings/Results 

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Spring Series VIII Championship at Rooster Run Golf Club in Petaluma

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 31, 2022) –The 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Spring Series VIII Championship at Rooster Run Golf Club in Petaluma.

Charlie Farrell shot 5-over par 149 and defeated Ryan Cavanaugh in a sudden-death playoff and Cathy Zhang shot 3-over par 147 to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series VII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Rancho Murieta Country Club.

Farrell notched his first win of the season, winning on the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). In regulation, Farrell fired a final round 73 that included five birdies. The 73 was enough to catch Cavanaugh, who went from an opening-round 72 to 77.

Alex Lemmon was third at 151 after a final round 75. Drake Smith was fourth at 152 and Eddie Zhang and Dawson Loo finished T-5 at 153.

 

In the Girls’ Championship, Zhang shot an even-par 72 that included three birdies and a clutch eagle on the par-5 18th to knock off runner-up Amy Na by two shots. At the time of the eagle, Zhang and Na were tied for the lead.

Na had a final round 73 to finish alone in second place at 149. Lily Peng and Caroline Chung tied for third at 150. Madalynn Lee claimed fifth place at 153.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Summer Series I Championship, to be held June 11-12 at The Reserve at Spanos Park in Stockton.

First Flight Tournament-Foxtail

Championship Info/Pairings/Results 

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Spring Series VII Championship at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park 

 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 31, 2022) –The 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the First Flight Tournament at Foxtail GC in Rohnert Park.

Sai Kaneshiro shot 5-over 77 to defeat co-runners-up Melody Chen and Giana Main by four strokes. Jayleen Sito was fourth at 82, while Cynthia Liu was fifth at 83.

In the Boys’ Championship, Brian Yu shot 72 to win by one over co-runners-up William Chang, Sahil Nathoo and Will MacKinnon. Eunyule Ko and Dylan Hidayat were T-5 at 75.

 

Spring Series VII Championship-Rancho Murieta

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Spring Series VII Championship at Rancho Murieta Country Club in Rancho Murieta

 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 16, 2022) –The 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Spring Series VII Championship at Rancho Murieta Country Club in Rancho Murieta.

Clark van Gaalen shot 5-under par 137 and Asterisk Talley shot even par 144 to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series VII Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Rancho Murieta Country Club.

 

Van Gaalen earned his third win of the 2021-22 season thanks in part to a solid first round 5-under 67 that included three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th. A day later, van Gaalen tacked on another five birdies to go against three bogeys. The three wins in a season tied him for third all-time behind record holder Jaden Dumdumaya (five) and further increased his lead in the race for Boys’ Player of the Year honors.

Ben Ragland was runner-up at 139 after a final round 70. Dumdumaya was third at 140 following a final round 69.

Joshua Wang placed fourth at 149. Three players—Ian Vodopich, Ben Friedman and Ishdeep Sodhi—tied for fifth at 151.

In the Girls’ Championship, Talley notched her eighth win of the season, tying Sabrina Iqbal for the all-time Girls’ JTNC record for most wins in a season.

Talley was again steady, posting rounds of 71-73 to defeat runner-up Nikki Chindavong by two shots. Talley posted five total birdies, including three in a row in the first round.

Chindavong made a charge in the second round, carding a 70 that included three birdies and a hole-out eagle on the par-4 9th.

Lily Peng was third at 148 after a final round 72. Michelle Woo was fourth at 149 and Abigail Lin was fifth at 152.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, Andrew Oh shot a final round 77 to come in at 152 and defeat runner-up William Hardy by a stroke. Hardy had a final round 76.

Third place went to Ian Cheng at 155, while Brody Nigel was fourth at 158. Agilan Ramakrishnan tied for fifth with Ethan Cheng at 162.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Tiffany Chang had a final round 78 to come in at 1658 and defeat runner-up Jayleen Sito by six shots. Sito had a final round 164.

Third place went to Veronica Cantu Maher at 176. Olivia Pocat was fourth at 184 and Riley Jiang was fifth at 192.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the Spring Series VIII Championship, to be held May 28-29 at Rooster Run Golf Club in Petaluma.

Mother’s Day First Flight–Del Monte

JTNC Crowns Champions at the Mother’s Day First Flight Championship at Del Monte

Samantha Chiou shot 4-over 76 to win the Girls’ title by four shots over Victoria Cui. Erin Le Nguyen was third at 82. Saisha Vibhute was fourth at 85 and Jayleen Sito was fifth at 86.

In the Boys’ Championship, Danish Sharma took the title with a score of 7-over 79. Brandon Pantaleon was second at 80, while Aiden Lew and Maximus Choi both finished third at 81. Choi earned third place via a card-off. Jayden Jew, Ethan Wang and Euyule Ko were T-5 at 82.

 

Spring Series VI Championship–Coyote Creek

Junior Golf Tour of Northern California Crowns Winners at Spring Series VI Championship at Coyote Creek Golf Club in San Jose

 PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 2, 2022) –The 2021-2022 Junior Tour of Northern California (JTNC) crowned champions Sunday at the Spring Series VI Championship at Coyote Creek Golf Club in San Jose.

Calvin Kong shot 2-over par 146 and Madalyn Lee shot 6-over par 150 to win their respective divisions at the Spring Series VI Championship held Saturday and Sunday at par-72 Coyote Creek Golf Club.

Kong earned his first victory of the 2021-22 season thanks to a solid final-round 2-under 70 that included a winning birdie on the closing 18th hole. On the front-nine, Kong posted a 3-under 34 that included birdies on holes Nos. 2 and 3.

Finishing just a stroke behind Kong at 147 were Joshua Wang and Aditya Das, who each shot a final round 71. Wang had a par on 18 while Das made birdie. Wang would earn second place after a card-off (lower back-nine score).

Ben Ragland was fourth at 149. Logan Mills placed fifth at 150.

In the Girls’ Championship, Lee also earned her first win of the 2021-22 season. She’d also win by a stroke, carding a final round 76 to hold off runner-up Nicole Iniakov by one.

Lee, who played her front-nine at 1-under thanks to two birdies, made a clutch par on 18 to seal the win. Iniakov closed with a birdie on 18 to keep the pressure on.

Three players—Riley Yang, Cathy Zhang and Kara Lee—finished tied for third at 156.

In the Boys’ First Flight Championship, three players—Maximus Choi, William Chang and Nicholas Le—all came in tied for first at 13-over 157. Choi was awarded first place after a card-off, with Le taking second and Chang placing third.

Danish Sharma was fourth at 158. Richard Ding and Parker Woo were T-5 at 159.

In the Girls’ First Flight Championship, Samantha Chiou shot a final round 74 to come in at 152 and defeat runner-up Tiffany Chang by eight shots. Chang had a final round 80.

Chelsie Chin and Kayla Corcoran finished tied for third at 164. Saisha Vibhute was fifth at 165.

The next event on the JTNC calendar is the First Flight Mother’s Day Tournament, to be held May 9 at Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey.

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