Boys winner Sean Maruyama (SCGA photo)
INDUSTRY HILLS, Calif. — Under an unnaturally cloudy
sky, the inaugural Southern California Junior Amateur
lived up to its billing this weekend at Industry Hills GC
at Pacific Palms Resort. Sean Maruyama, a sophomore
in high school who is already committed to UCLA, took
home the boys title while playing the Eisenhower “Ike”
Course. Angelina Kim, an impressive eighth-grader,
was victorious on the Zaharias “Babe” Course.
In the boys division, 36 holes just weren’t enough as
Maruyama and Edwin Kuang both finished at 5-under
par. On the final hole of the day, Kuang had a 20-
footer for birdie and the win, but it dramatically fell
In the playoff, the duo parred the first hole and moved
to hole No. 13, a 197-yard par 3. Kuang flew the green
and executed a miraculous chip shot just to have a
look at par. It was all for not, however, as Maruyama
rolled in a 12-footer for birdie and the victory.
“It means a lot,” said an elated Maruyama. “I haven’t
won in a while so it really feels great.”
Angelina Kim (SCGA)
Over on the other course, everyone was
chasing the first round leader, Kim. She fired an
opening round 67, with an astounding eight birdies, for
a two-shot lead heading into the day.
Throughout the final round, Kim played smart and
steady. She was even on the day, with all pars,
heading into No. 16 where she birdied and put the
tournament out of reach.
“It was a big win for me. It’s very exciting,” said Kim.
“To win this first event is one of the best wins I’ve ever
After shooting an opening round 1-under 70, Beth Lillie
followed that up with a 2-under 69, with three birdies
and a single blemish coming on a bogey at No. 4. Her
3-under tournament total was good enough for second
Rounding out the top three was Nina Novilla who
followed up an even par 71 with a 2-under 69.
The event was jointly run by the SCGA and SCPGA,
and included 180 total participants over two days.
View results for Southern California Junior Amateur Golf Championship