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Junior golf tour swings through Ponderosa

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Samantha Simpkins hits from the sand during a Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour stop at Ponderosa Golf Course.
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The fourth leg of the Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour was played on a beautiful day at the Ponderosa Golf Club. The third leg at Squaw Creek was rained out.

Cozi Layton led the way with a 37 to win the Girls 15-17 age group. Sam Willis led the Boys 16-17 division, with Will Belden coming in second.

Willis also won the Coyote Moon stop. There was an error in the last tournament article stating a different winner. Willis has now won three tournaments in a row in his age group and has an insurmountable lead for the Boys 16-17 TTJGT Cup.

Each year there is a season-long winner for points accumulated from top-five finishes in each tournament within every age group. The Tour Championship at Gray’s Crossing is the final event and a double-point event.

To see the standings, go the http://www.ttjgt.com and look for 2015 Cup Standings under the Scoreboard tab.

Niav Layton led the way in the Girls 12-14 division with a 37, matching her sister’s score for the low round of the day. Her sister Coco came in second with a 40, while three-time Cup winner Haley McCormick came in third and has a solid lead for the 2015 Cup with 13 points going into the finals.

Sofia de Wit finished one shot behind Haley with Jordyn Jensen rounding out the top five.

Isaac Mozen took his first tournament of the year, winning the Boys 13-14 group with a 42. Joshua Wiegandt and Matthew Volkman finished tied for second at 46.

Volkman has the Cup lead for this age group going into the finals, but due to a school conflict he will miss the last event. His absence will leave his age group wide open for the Cup race.

Zack Cohen took the Boys 12-13 with a fine 38. He was followed by Nicholas Asbra at 41 and Ethan Flynn at 42. Flynn leads for the Cup in this age group with 11 points, followed closely by hard charging Cohen and 2013 and 2014 Cup Winner Jack Brown at 7.

Finn Layton took first place in the Girls 10-11 age group, which was the tightest race of the day. Finn shot 50. Ryan Flynn shot 51, Stella de Wit carded 52 and Shannon Hugar finished with a 54. Two-time defending Cup Winner Kenzie McCormick came in fifth.

Ryan Flynn leads the Cup going into theTour Championship with 12 points, followed right behind by Stella with 11. It will be a shoot-out for the Cup with those girls.

Gabe Smith took first for the Boys 10-11 with a well-played 47. Max Carter and Thayer Kacher finished tied for second at 51. Reed Loper was right in it for fourth with a 54. Defending Cup Winner Zack Anttila came in fifth.

Max Carter has a 1.5-point lead over Gabe Smith for the 2015 Cup going into Gray’s Crossing.

In the youngest age group, Julia Smith led the way again for the 8-9 Girls taking first place. Smith has a commanding lead for the Cup going into the finals.

Hunter Neave played a fine round shooting 51 and bringing home the first-place medal for the Boys 8-9. Luke Brown came in second at 56 and was followed in third by Niko Milner.

Go to http://www.ttjgt.com for more information and complete results.