Champs emerge in final event of Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour
TRUCKEE —The 2013 Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour culminated last month with the Tour Championship at Gray’s Crossing, where 58 juniors vied for trophies and Truckee Tahoe Junior Cup points.
The top juniors in each age division received medals for each event, but for the Tour Championship, first and second place won trophies.
The Gray’s Crossing tournament also served as a double-point event for the Cup. The Cup goes to the player with the most total points earned from his or her top five finishes over the entire season. The first four events were held at Old Greenwood, Coyote Moon, The Resort at Squaw Creek and Ponderosa.
Kenzie McCormick led the 8-9 Girls with a great score of 50. Whitney Wingard came in second, earning her highest finish of the year.
Newcomer Coco Layton finished first in the 10-11 Girls with a 45, just beating out Haley McCormick, who finished with a 47. Carly Davis came in third.
For the 12-14 Girls, Cozzie Layton outpaced Sienna Scibird with a 42. Sienna shot 49.
Leandra Ohlson won the girls 15-17 age group with a 52.
Olin Silverman won for the first time with a 49, edging out Max Carter, who shot 50 for his highest finish of the year as well.
The Boys 8-9 was a very competitive age group. Connor Macan shot 51, Zachary Anttila shot 52, and Diego Rodriguez and Nicholas Patrick were another shot back at 53. Carson Jensen, Niko Milner and Jack Ludviksen were only seven shots off the pace at 56.
Gabriel Smith, who won the Coyote Moon tournament, shot 59, further showing the strength of the age group.
Jackson Brown finished first among the 10-11 Boys with a 53, giving him his second win of the year. Patrick Volkman finished second at 56 and Ethan Flynn had a 57.
In the age group that consistently has the most competitors, the 12-13 Boys had 17 players competing for trophies and Cup points.
Joshua Wiegandt won his first event of the season after four straight runner-up finishes to Quinn Earley. Josh shot 40 and Quinn shot 44. Zane Mitsuda came in third with a 50.
Players like Zane, Dylan Heins, Cooper Davis and Airon Yarbrough continue to lower their averages and look to challenge for the top spots next year. There are numerous other players in this age group on the verge of dropping their scores by 10 strokes as they squeeze in more golf between busy sports schedules.
Will Belden won the 14-15 Boys for his first win of the year.
Cody Tilton finished a strong year in the Boys 16-17 with a 37 to finish first. Truckee High teammate Brandon Flora shot 38 for second place. Ryan See came in third with a 41, and Truckee High’s Pauly Buschmann came in fourth at 45.
For the Truckee Tahoe Junior Cup 8-9 Girls, Kenzie McCormick made it a clean sweep of the season, as she recorded her fifth win while earning 25 points.
Katy Cochran, Ryan Flynn and Whitney Wingard finished second, third and fourth, respectively, with 19, 17 and 16 points.
Haley McCormick won the Girls 10-11 with 25 points. Jordyn Jensen was second with 16 points, earning points in every tournament. Nicole Macan edged out Montana Murphy 20 points to 17 in the Girls 12-14. Jillian Ferre came in third with 13 points.
Leandra Ohlson swept the girls 15-17 and won the Cup.
For the Boys Truckee Tahoe Cup, Connor Macan held on to win with 20 points. Olin Silverman’s charge fell just short at 18.5 points.
Huck Raymore came in third with 14 points, despite missing the Tour Championship due to a scheduling conflict. Max Carter showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in the future with his second-place Tour Championship finish and total of 12 points.
The Boys 10-11 Cup race proved the importance of the Tour Championship points. Ethan Flynn entered the final tournament with 16 points and a three-point lead over Jackson Brown.
Jackson won the event for 10 points while Ethan came in third, earning six points. Jackson Brown won the Cup with 23 points to Ethan’s 22.
Patrick Volkman finished with 14 points and Shane Poe had 11 as he proved to be one of the fastest-improving juniors in Truckee.
In another tight contest, Quinn Earley won the 12-13 Truckee Tahoe Junior Cup with 27.5 points. Josh Wiegandt finished with 26 points. Quinn’s streak of nine straight TTJGT wins came to an end with his second-place finish, but he was just too consistent to be overcome as he won his second Truckee Tahoe Junior Cup. Dylan Heins finished third.
Will Belden won the 14-15 Cup, leapfrogging Jayden Commendatore for first place.
Cody Tilton won the 16-17 Cup as he continued to use the TTJGT to hone his competitive golf skills in hopes of winning a second straight state golf championship, this time at Truckee High. Cody, now a senior at Truckee, was a member of the Bishop Manogue team that won the NIAA Division I state golf championship last year.
To see complete results from each event, season-long Cup race points, pictures from the tour and general information, go to http://www.ttjgt.com.
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