Akabane tops Scavo to win California Women's Am
Ty Akabane (NCGA photo)
Ty Akabane (NCGA photo)

CARMEL, Calif. (July 28, 2018) – Danville resident Ty Akabane returned to one of her favorite tournaments and ended up walking away with the big prize.

Akabane, a 17-year-old senior at San Ramon Valley High, won this year’s California Women’s Amateur Championship on Saturday at the par-72 Quail Lodge Resort, defeating runner-up Kathleen Scavo, 3 and 2. For Akabane, the win capped an exciting week. On Friday, she committed to play at UCLA beginning in the fall of 2019.

“it’s such an honor to win this championship. There’s so many who have won this and went on to be successful,” said Akabane, who joined legends Patty Sheehan, Amy Alcott and Juli Inkster as winners of the event. “It’s an incredible feeling.”

Akabane, who had to skip the last two CWAC championships due to schedule conflicts, won wire-to-wire. She earned the No.1 seed for match play after defeating the field by seven shots. In the match-play brackets, she twice escaped what looked to be losses. In the Round of 16, she fought her way through a four-hole deficit. In the quarterfinals vs. 2016 champ Sabrina Iqbal, she overcame a two-hole deficit through 14.

“Those times that I trailed, I just tried to stay in the present,” said Akabane, who had her dad, Chris, on the bag as caddie. “At the end of the day you can’t control what others are doing. You can only control what you’re doing.”

Akabane again had to reach deep to get past Scavo. A senior at the University of Oregon and a two-time California Junior Girls’ champ, Scavo, who flew in Tuesday morning at 5:30 a.m. for the first round of stroke-play qualifying following her sister’s wedding, played Akabane at all-square through the first 10 holes. Akabane didn’t break through until she birdied the par-4 11th and par-3 12th, knocking down putts of similar length on both holes.

Later, on the par-5 14th, Akaane upped her cushion to 3-up with yet another birdie. The two halved Nos.15 and 16. On the back-nine, Scavo’s chances were continuously hurt by a balky putter.

“I just could not get my putter going. I couldn’t make anything,” Scavo said. “I’m still very pleased overall with my week. Ty is deserving in winning. She played great all week.”

One of Akabane’s next stops will be the U.S, Women’s Amateur, which tees off August 6-12 at The Golf Club of Tennessee.

“This is a huge stepping stone for me, and gives me a lot of confidence moving forward,” Akabane said.

ABOUT THE California Women's Amateur

The California Women’s Amateur Championship was founded in 1967 and played at Pebble Beach Golf Links until 1987 when the Championship was invited to Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, where the tournament remains to this day.

36-hole stroke play qualifying round, 18 holes each day, to determine 32 players for match play. Prizes will be awarded to the Champion, Runner-up, Semifinalists, Quarterfinalists and the 36-hole Low Gross Medalist from qualifying rounds.

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