STEVINSON, Calif. (March 16,2008)--Due to the weather, the NCGA Junior Tour-Central Valley championship was shortened to 18 holes, but that didn’t stop heated competition across five flights divided by age over the course of one round at Stevinson Ranch.
Mathew Miller of Pleasanton continued a hot spring season, capturing his second boys overall title on the NCGA Junior Tour in as many weeks (Miller won last week’s Monterey Junior Tour event at Poppy Hills). The champion’s two-over-par 74 was good for a one-stroke win over Boys’ 16-18 flight winner Daniel Covrig of Modesto. Matthew Hansen of Los Osos was second in that flight while Matt Williams of San Jose was third.
The girls overall championship was grabbed by Emily Childs of Alameda in a playoff win over Kercia Brakel of Acampo after both players carded a 78. Childs, 17 and Colorado-bound next year, recently won the San Francisco City. Brakel then captured the Girls 15-18 flight with defending NCGA Junior champion Kristen Allard of Porterville finishing second, two strokes behind, and Haley Andreas and Linda Brown in a tie for third.
Austin Roberts of Carmicheal was the Boys’ 14-15 flight champion. Roberts’ 78 was good for a six-stroke win over runners-up Jonathan De los reyes of Antioch and Lawrence Fu of Piedmont. De los reyes would take second in a playoff.
After a three-way tie for first necessitated a playoff, Andrej Bevins of Elk Grove emerged as the winner in the Boys’ 12-13 flight. Nicolo Galletti of Clayton took second while Derek Karunaratne of Anitoch finished third. All three competitiors turned in an 82.
Roseville’s Ashley Noda won by three strokes in the Girls’ 12-14 flight after firing an 81. Briana Mao of Folsom was runner-up while Carmel’s Alicia Binneboese took third.
The Tour now takes two weeks off, commencing again in San Mateo at Poplar Creek April 5-6.