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NCGA Junior Championship: Smith/Allard Win Titles

DALY CITY (July 31, 2007) -- Sam Smith and Kristen Allard captured respective NCGA Junior Championships at Lake Merced GC Tuesday.

Smith, a 16-year-old rising junior at Turlock High School , maintained the lead he began the final round with (he was tied with defending champion Adam Ichikawa), firing a one-under-par 71 that featured a sterling back-nine 33. The one-over-par 217 total propelled him to a four-stoke win over Boys’ 14-15 flight winner Patrick Grimes. “I started shaky but I got it going on the back nine,” the champion said. “This gives me a confidence boost for the rest of the year.” Smith’s win breaks a recent trend of the overall champion coming from the younger age flight.

The Turlock GCC member’s schedule will only intensify in August as he attempts to qualify for the U.S. Amateur at Del Rio and play in AJGA Invitationals as well as the Ping Invitational. Mostly, the win gives Smith coveted exemptions into future NCGA events as well as the State Amateur. “My goal coming in was to win. I felt that my game was there.” Stanford is at the top of the champion’s list of colleges, and he hopes that adding his name to a trophy that features the likes of Ken Venturi and Johnny Miller opens that door.

A bogey on the 18th hole of regulation left Girls’ champion Kristen Allard in a tie with first-round leader Tessa The. “I thought I had lost when Tessa had a par – I did not know we had tied until we turned in our scores,” Allard stated. The champion and runner-up finished with two-round 159 totals.

The Monache High School senior prevailed in the one-hole playoff after striping her tee shot, making it was clear that the champion was on her way to a win. Allard then placed her approach seven feet from the hole. Securing a par and the championship, the Portersville resident later stated it was the first time she had parred the hole in two days.

Coming off a win at the Charlie Culver Junior Tournament in Salinas , the champion had yet to see the course until her first round: “I used the first day to learn the course and today I just went for it.” Allard is considering San Jose State and Pepperdine but hopes to continue her goal of turning professional. Olivia Chang of San Lorenzo finished third with a two-day total of 159.

Taylor Travis of Fremont took the Boys’ 16-17 flight, winning in a playoff over Adam Ichikawa of Los Altos . Four golfers tied for third place.

Patrick Grimes, the Boys’ 14-15 flight champion, briefly flirted with the overall lead, but was unable to sustain momentum. Grimes’ impressive score was good for a 13-shot win in his flight over Adam Loran of San Jose .

In the Boys’ 12-13 flight, Carlos Briones of San Lorenzo came from three strokes behind in the final round, firing a one-over 73 for a 151 total and a four-shot win. After a two-hole playoff, Jonathan De Los Reyes of Antioch took second over first-round leader Bryson Dechambeau of Clovis .

Final Results

  Class A            
  Player City Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot  
  Sam Smith Turlock 70 76 71 217 Overall Champion
  Taylor Travis Fremont 70 80 74 224  
  Adam Ichikawa Los Altos 77 69 78 224  
  Justin Estrada Yuba City 79 73 75 227  
  Kyle Souza Livermore 77 73 77 227  
  Martin Trainer Palo Alto 75 80 72 227  
  Tyler Raber El Macero 72 79 76 227  
  Matthew Hovan Redwood Shores 73 81 75 229  
  Tim Honeycutt Placerville 79 72 79 230  
  Dash Lindsell Burlingame 82 73 76 231  
  Jeff Hamm Danville 77 76 79 232  
  Kevin Rei Sonora 73 79 80 232  
  Bryan Kurnoff Monterey 82 78 74 234  
  Scotty Williams Orinda 80 77 77 234  
  Andrew Haggen Walnut Creek 79 81 75 235  
  John Catlin Carmichael 79 80 76 235  
  Cameron Rappleye Elk Grove 78 79 79 236  
  Eric Leeworthy Galt 81 76 79 236  
  Nick Sako Menlo Park 78 79 79 236  
  Todd Sakamoto Fresno 82 76 79 237  
  Alex Kranenburg San Rafael 82 74 82 238  
  Colt Hoffman Santa Maria 80 75 83 238  
  Dennis Carson Burlingame 80 80 78 238  
  Cody Robinson Discovery Bay 84 76 79 239  
  Douglas Quinones Hidden Valley Lake 79 76 85 240  
  Grant Rappleye Elk Grove 86 74 80 240  
  Sean Nadir Los Altos 77 78 85 240  
  Chad Kiesz Clovis 79 78 84 241  
  Eric Kim San Jose 79 80 84 243  
  Cole Pickavance San Ramon 79 75 90 244  
  Mark Oshima Daly City 79 79 89 247  
  Class B            
  Patrick Grimes Palo Alto 76 73 72 221  
  Adam Loran San Jose 82 75 77 234  
  Mark Wyllie San Jose 81 76 78 235  
  Jeffrey Knox Menlo Park 85 76 75 236  
  Ben Geyer Arbuckle 82 78 77 237  
  Walter Kaneshiro Castro Valley 80 79 78 237  
  Paul Smith Turlock 78 76 85 239  
  Amol Mahal San Mateo 80 78 84 242  
  Tyler Leeworthy Galt 80 83 82 245  
  Matthew Ogden Salinas 77 82 89 248  
  Davis Beckstead Los Altos 85 79 96 260  
               
  Class C            
  Carlos Briones San Lorenzo 78 73 151    
  Jonathan De Los Reyes Antioch 77 78 155    
  Bryson Dechambeau Clovis 75 80 155    
  Cameron Champ Sacramento 78 78 156    
  Nicolas Noya S. San Francisco 78 81 159    
  Jason Kuo Milpitas 85 81 166    
  Anthony Manguray Tracy 84 84 168    
  Kyle Bowser Danville 88 81 169    
  Hunter Rappleye Elk Grove 84 86 170    
  Patrick Soli San Carlos 86 84 170    
  Brandon Roberts Clayton 88 88 176    
  Ian Dickeson Fremont 89 88 177    
  Girls            
  Kristen Allard Porterville 79 77 156    
  Tessa The Los Altos 78 78 156    
  Olivia Chang San Lorenzo 79 80 159    
  Rosalie Tolentino S. San Francisco 84 77 161    
  Ashley Edwards Oakley 82 81 163    
  Joi Pentin Pleasanton 83 82 165    
  Mariko Tumangan San Jose 86 79 165    
  Jordan Ontiveros Alamo 83 84 167    
  Ellese Dias Crockett 82 87 169    
  Katrina Delen Briones San Francisco 83 87 170    
  Kortnie Maxoutopoulis Plesanton 84 86 170    
  Briana Mao Folsom 88 86 174    
  Linda Brown San Leandro 83 92 175    
  Madchen Ly Clovis 94 86 180    
  Dorothy Schwartz San Jose 94 87 181    
  Candace Chan Sacramento 93 92 185    

 

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