Youth golf tour wraps up at Gray’s Crossing
The Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour Championship was held on a perfect day with perfect course conditions at Gray’s Crossing last Monday.
With championship trophies and the season-long TTJGT Cup for each respective age group on the line, the young golfers posted some fine rounds when they needed them most.
Sienna Scibird led the way among the girls, winning the Girls 15-17 age group with a 74. Scibird capped a strong season winning the Cup. This was her second score in the 70s in a TTJGT event.
Cody Tilton finished strong with a 75 in the Boys 15-17 group to finish ahead of fellow Truckee High golf team member Jordan Fereira, who carded an 80. Tilton also won the Cup. The Truckee High golf team is in good hands for the 2015 season led by these two.
The team will also have a strong and improving supporting cast for 2015, as the top five finishers in the Boys 14-15 group included two more Truckee golf team members. Gordon Critz shot 89 and Airon Yarbrough had a 91 to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
Josh Wiegandt, playing out of Sacramento during the school year and Tahoe Donner during the summer, finished third with an 88. Cameron Rice, who should be anchoring the North Tahoe team next season, finished second with an 86.
Sam Willis of Truckee High came into the Tour Championship with a commanding Cup lead for the 14-15 Boys. Unfortunately, he had to leave before he finished his round for high school soccer team tryouts, leaving the door open for Chase Sienkiewics to overtake him. Sienkiewics took the opportunity with a strong 75 to win the tournament and the Cup.
Sister teams led the way in the younger girls age groups. The McCormick sisters won two Cups and the Layton foursome of girls placed first in three different age groups.
Niav and Cosi finished first and second in the Girls 12-14 age group with rounds of 39 and 44, respectively. The fast-improving Montana Murphy finished third. Niav Layton overtook Lauren Hickam, who was not able to attend due to a first day of school conflict, for the Girls 12-14 Cup.
Coco Layton won the Girls 10-11 group with a great score of 42, but it was not enough to catch Haley McCormick, who won her third straight TTJGT Cup. McCormick finished second in the tournament and Jordyn Jensen came in third. Jordyn and Sofia deWit, who missed the championship, have shown to be the fastest-improving girls among the 10-11s, and look like they could be serious challengers in 2015.
Kenzie McCormick won her second straight Cup in the Girls 8-9 group. She nearly pulled off the perfect season, winning the first four events and tying for first in the Tour Championship. She lost a putting playoff for first place to newcomer Finn Layton.
Ties split Cup points, so Kenzie ended up one point short of the perfect 30-point Cup season. It would have been her second perfect season. Quinn Earley of Tahoe City is the only other player in Cup history to record a perfect season.
Aiden Mason and Koby Mattson tied for first in the Boys 12-13 group at 46. The nine Cup points propelled Mason past the absent Isaac Mozen to win his first Cup. Mattson’s tie for first place was his first top-three finish of the year. He improved rapidly this season and proved it with his top-three finish to end the year. He will be a strong contender in 2015.
Adam Bornstein finished third at 47. Harry Rodriguez and Marcus Bellon tied for fourth at 50, pushing them both into the top 10 in Cup points.
Jack Brown finished strong at Gray’s Crossing, coming from behind to win the Cup for the second straight year in the Boys 10-11 age group. Brown, Zach Cohen and Matthew Mehran tied for first with scores of 44.
Patrick Volkman turned in another steady finish and was fourth at 49. Gabe Smith and Ethan Flynn tied for fifth at 50. Smith showed the largest margin of improvement for the season with a 17-stroke differential between his highest score the first tournament of the year and his lowest.
The lineup of courses the TTJGT juniors are able to play is possibly the finest list of venues a junior golf tour plays in the country. All of the courses donate 100 percent of their tee times. The tournaments also could not go forward without the long list of tournament officials who volunteer donate their time.
Full season results are available on the TTJGT website, http://www.ttjgt.com.