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NCGA Junior: Ichikawa, Ontiveros Win Titles

DALY CITY (August 8, 2006) -- Adam Ichikawa of Los Altos and Jordon Ontiveros of Alamo seized respective NCGA Junior Championships Tuesday at Lake Merced GC.

Long-hitting Ichikawa essentially won the tournament by posting a three-under 69 in the first round of the three-round event, and then letting the rest of the field try to catch him. The 73 and 72 the Castlewood member produced in the final two rounds left the rising Mountain View High sophomore with a two-stroke win. The slight, 5’7, 135-pound 15 –year-old dominated a tough Lake Merced course (only five sup-par rounds were recorded by the entire field), never once using a fairway wood to approach a green. “I’ve been playing well all year. I could’ve played better today (during the final round), but at least I was consistent,” he said.

Ichikawa is no stranger to playing with older players, having captured an impressive 11th seed in the CGA State Amateur this year. Ichikawa lost in the first round of match play to NCGA Amateur Stroke Play champion Erick Justesen, 3 and 2. The aspiring PGA Tour player was obviously pleased with the outcome: “This is a big one. I looked at the back of the NCGA Bluebook and it’s great to get my name on that list.”

Jordan Ontiveros grabbed the Girls’ Championship on the strength of a 73 in the final round, the lowest round by a female in the championship. The 16-year-old made an incredible charge to overcome the seven-stroke deficit she faced starting the day.  Four birdies propelled the Monte Vista High School student and Round Hill member to a two-stroke win.  “I was just really, really focused,” the champion explained.  “I had a $50 bet with my dad so I really wanted to win.” The NCGA Junior Championship is her first ever title. First-round leader Marina Martinez slipped to second after a final-round 82.

Runner-up and Class A flight (for boys aged 16-17) winner Eric Pitcaithley of Pleasanton almost tied the champion, lipping out an eagle chip on the final hole. Pitcaithley took the flight by nine strokes over runner-up Amit Odaiyar of Lodi.

The Class B title (for boys aged 14-15) was won by Eric Kim of San Jose after a one-hole playoff with runner-up Alexander Duvivier of San Mateo. The Class C championship was won in most impressive fashion by first-round leader Walter Kaneshiro of Castro Valley. Kaneshiro's final round 68 was the low round of anyone for the entire tournament and left him nine shots clear of runner-up Luke Vivolo of Carmel.


Junior Champions Adam Ichikawa and Jordon Ontiveros

 

Tournament official Sandra Hinzmann with champion Jordan Ontiveros, runner-up Marina Martinez and third-place finisher Cristina Corpus, San Leandro

NCGA Director Lou Carpine with Class B champion Eric Kim, runner-up Alexander Duvivier and third-place finisher Cory McElyea.

Tournament official Robert Read with Class C flight winner Walter Kaneshiro, runner-up Luke Vivolo and third-place finisher Bryson Dechambeau.

 

View scorecards for the Boys' 16-17 flight.

View scorecards for the Boys' 14-15 flight.
View scorecards for the Boy's 12-13 flight.
View scorecards for the Girls' flight.

 

Final Results

 

Girls      
Jordan Ontiveros, Alamo 82 73 155
Marina Martinez, Modesto 75 82 157
Cristina Corpus, San Leandro 80 79 159
Dorothy Schwartz, San Jose 79 81 160
Ariana Patterson, Carmel 79 85 164
Katrina Delen Briones, San Francisco 87 83 170
L. Andrea Castellanos, Union City 85 88 173
Meaghan Kari, Windsor 88 85 173
Rachel Sibbitt, Mill Valley 89 84 173
Candace Chan, Sacramento 93 83 176
Class C      
Walter Kaneshiro, Castro Valley 72 68 140
Luke Vivolo, Carmel 75 74 149
Bryson Dechambeau, Clovis 76 74 150
Carlos Briones, San Lorenzo 77 76 153
Patrick Grimes, Palo Alto 79 79 158
Paul Smith, Turlock 79 80 159
Tommy Economou, Hillsborough 77 82 159
Austin Breunig, Petaluma 81 82 163
Bryan Odaiyar, Lodi 82 83 165
Kurt S. Kitayama, Chico 87 81 168
Mikey McGinn, Springville 83 91 174
Nicolas Noya, So. San Francisco 88 93 181

 

Class B        
Adam Ichikawa, Los Altos 69 73 72 214
Eric Kim, San Jose (Flight Champion) 77 78 78 233
Alexander Duvivier, San Mateo 78 77 78 233
Cory McElyea, Santa Cruz 79 73 82 234
Sam Smith, Turlock 81 77 76 234
Taylor Travis, Fremont 78 82 75 235
Jared Huss, Atascadero 76 85 75 236
Martin Trainer, Palo Alto 80 76 80 236
Mark Wyllie, San Jose 79 82 77 238
Daniel Covrig, Modesto 81 79 81 241
Michael Weaver, Fresno 76 82 83 241
Nick Sako, Menlo Park 80 79 82 241
Class A        
Eric Pitcaithley, Pleasanton 76 70 70 216
Amit Odaiyar, Lodi 79 73 73 225
Chad Vivolo, Carmel 74 73 79 226
Colby Smith, Auburn 81 75 71 227
Derek Ernst, Clovis 74 76 77 227
Tyler Raber, El  Macero 80 75 73 228
Dennis Carson, Burlingame 74 77 78 229
Spencer Fletcher, Los Altos 76 78 75 229
Anthony Machi, Pleasanton 76 76 79 231
Greg Auer, Santa Cruz 74 78 80 232
Kevin Rei, Sonora 77 77 78 232
Tyler Ichikawa, Los Altos 76 80 76 232
Eric Leeworthy, Galt 74 77 82 233
Travis Peterson, Santa Rosa 75 77 81 233
Jake Bieber, Alamo 79 78 77 234
Jimmy Cacho, Fairfield 75 77 82 234
Keith Okasaki, Sacramento 79 79 76 234
Matthew Garcia, Burlingame 76 79 79 234
Weston Payne, Menlo Park 73 79 82 234
Bobby Kent, Los Gatos 75 80 80 235
Kevin Smith, San Jose 82 78 75 235
Samuel Weeks, San Mateo 79 76 80 235
Peter Gibbs, Granite Bay 79 74 83 236
Niall Conn, Auburn 82 78 78 238
Andrew Tilton, San Mateo 77 78 84 239
Brennen S. Ramey, Tracy 78 82 79 239
Riley Kriebel, Menlo Park 73 82 84 239
Greg Poos, Fremont 78 77 86 241
D. J. Milligan, Cedar Ridge 79 81 82 242
Daniel Neben, Walnut Creek 82 77 84 243
Joell Coloma, Sacramento 80 80 83 243
Michael F Walter, Fresno 80 80 83 243
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