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Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf championship showcases young area talent

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Sienna De Wit takes a shot from the fairway at Gray's Crossing during the Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour Championship. De Wit won the 8-9 Girls division with a 60 over nine holes.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour Championship was held at Gray's Crossing on a beautiful sunny day on Aug. 9. The golf course was in fantastic condition. The fifth and final leg of the summer tour was very competitive.

The Tour Championship trophies were on the line along with the season long Cup races. Players gathered Cup points for their finishes in each event. The most points after the five events won the Cup in each age group. The Tour Championship is a double-point event.

Sienna De Wit won the 8-9 Girls division with a 60 over nine holes. Marli O'Neill and Abbey McCormick finished second and third. Sienna also won the Cup for her age group with a perfect 30 points, winning all five events.

In the Boys 8-9 division, it was a shoot-out between Hunter Neave and Aidan Sweeney. Aidan won the day's event with a 44 to Hunter's 49. However, Hunter held on to the Cup lead with his second-place finish. Hunter finished the season with 21 points while Aidan finished with 20. The both learned that every shot counts in golf.

In the very competitive Girls 10-11 age group, Stella De Wit won the tournament with a 45. Shannon Hugar came in second with a 49. Ryan Flynn finished third with a 50, followed closely by past Cup Winner Kenzie McCormick. Stella finished with a commanding points lead, taking home the Cup with 30 points — another perfect season.

The Boys 10-11 was the tightest finish of the day. Reed Loper and Ethan Raymore tied for first with excellent nine-hole scores of 44. They then went into a three-hole putting playoff to see who would take home the tour championship trophy.

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In the sudden death playoff, Reed edged out Ethan on the hole No. 4. In the Cup race, Ethan edged out Reed by half a point, 22.5 to 22. It was quite the shootout all day long between those two. Luke Brown came in third in the Cup race. Zach Antilla finished third for the day with a 56.

Sofia De Wit made it a clean sweep for the De Wit family, winning the Girls 12-14 tournament and the Cup. The De Wit girls won all three of their respective age groups and Cup races. The TTJGT has a tradition for strong girls golfing families. The McCormick and Layton girls have had similar years in the past. It will be interesting to see which of the families of girls comes back the strongest next year.

Sofia won the Tour Championship with a fine score of 44. Newcomer Ashley Abramson finished second with a 47. Haley McCormick came in third, followed by Anika Neave and Caroline Jacoby. Sofia won the Cup with 28 points. Haley finished with 21.

Past Cup Winner Jack Brown finished the year strong, winning at Gray's Crossing with a 43. Isaac O'Neill came in second at 45. Ethan Flynn finished third, giving him just enough points to hold on to his Cup lead and win the 2016 Boys 12-13 Cup as he edged out Jack Brown, 22 points to 20.5. Brothers Jack and Robbie Byrne finished fourth and fifth, respectively. The Boys 12-13 had the largest field of the age groups with 10 competitors.

To play in the Tour Championship, players had to have competed in at least one other TTJGT event during the season. Thirty-seven juniors played at Gray's Crossing.

Nicholas Asbra led the charge in another close battle for the Tour Championship trophy and the Cup, edging out Murphy Scott by one shot with an 18-hole score of 85 on the challenging Gray's Crossing course.

Connor Hipsley and Connor Sweeney tied for third with scores of 90. Nicholas won the Cup with 26.5 points to Murphy's season total of 24. Airon Yarbrough won the 16-17 Boys Cup.

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Scores from all five events can be found at http://www.ttjgt.com along with the season long Cups point races.