Junior golf tour wraps up with championship event
The Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour concluded with its Tour Championship at the Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing last Tuesday.
The final event included trophies for first, second and third place along with double points for the TTJGT season-long Cup Contest, in which players were awarded points for their first- through fifth-place finishes throughout the four previous tournaments.
To compete in the tour championship, all players must have played in one prior event.
The highlight of the day was the playoff between Hunter Neave and Luke Brown for the Cup in the Boys 8-9-year-old age group.
Their second- and third-places finishes in the Tour Championship put them tied atop their age group with 15 points each. The coveted Cups can’t be split, so it was time for a sudden-death playoff, which was played 50 yards from the green on the ninth fairway. Brown edged Neave on the first playoff hole.
Chase Kacher won the Boys 8-9 age group with an outstanding round of 45. Brown and Hunter posted scores of 53 and 54, respectively, while Niko Milner got four points for his fourth-place finish with a score of 58.
Julia Smith swept her age group to claim the Tour Championship and the Cup for the Girls 8-9 age group while showing great improvement throughout the year.
In the Boys 10-11 Cup race, Gabe Smith leap-frogged Max Carter for first place. Smith’s first-place finish with a fine score of 45 was good for the Tour Championship trophy and made him the 2015 Cup winner.
Reed Loper came in second for the day with a 47. Thayer Kacher and Huck Raymore tied for third place at 53. Thayer won a sudden-death putting contest to decide who would take home the third-place trophy.
Finn Layton and Ryan Flynn tied for first place among the highly competitive 10-11 Girls with scores of 51. Layton outlasted Flynn in a nine-hole, sudden-death putting playoff for the Tour Championship trophy.
Both girls were heard saying they would prefer the really cool third-place bobblehead doll trophies that went to two-time past Cup winner Kenzie McCormick. She was one shot behind at 52. Flynn prevailed in the Cup race with 21 points. McCormick and Stella de Wit were close behind with 15 points.
McCormick’s consistent season gave her the Cup with 17 points. De Wit and Niav Layton were close behind with 15. Niav Layton won at Gray’s after shooting 41 and edged out her sister Coco Layton, who shot 44. De Wit, McCormick and Jordyn Jensen rounded out the top five among the 12-14 Girls.
Among the 12-13 Boys, Ethan Flynn held onto his Cup lead with a score of 41, which was good for a first-place finish at Gray’s Crossing. Flynn ended the year with 21 Cup points. Nicholas Asbra and Murphy Scott tied for second at 43. Asbra and Murphy competed for three holes in the putting playoff to determine who took the first- and second-place trophies home. Asbra won.
Quinn Earley won yet another Cup and shot a fantastic score of 38. Conner Hipsley shot his best TTJGT round with a 44 and improved by 14 strokes from his first event of the year. Hipsley’s improvement is going to be appreciated and helpful for the 2016 North Tahoe High golf team.
Sam Willis dominated the Boys 16-17 group the entire season and won the Cup and Tour Championship. Willis shot 44.
Sienna Scibird topped the Girls 15-17 with a 44 and was followed by Cozi Layton at 50. Scibird, who won the Cup for the second straight year, and Layton have both shot rounds in the 30s during the TTJGT season and are quickly becoming prominent names in the junior golf circles of Northern California.
For full results from Gray’s Crossing and a final tally on all the Cup points, visit http://www.ttjgt.com and the scoreboard tab.