Youth golfers battle in 4th tour stop
The Resort at Squaw Creek golf course was in outstanding condition for the 52 youth golfers who competed in the fourth leg of the Truckee Tahoe Junior Golf Tour last Tuesday.
Among the older juniors in the 18-hole division, Sienna Scibird carded a 79 to win the Girls 15-17 division. This was the first round under 80 recorded by a female golfer in a TTJGT event.
Lauren Hickam won the Girls 12-14 with a fine round of 90.
Cody Tilton won the Boys 16-17 with a 77, just edging out Jordan Fereira, who shot 80. Cody has recorded scores in the 70s in all three 18-hole TTJGT events this season.
Sam Willis placed first in the Boys 14-15 group with an 84. Airon Yarbrough was second with a solid 86. Cameron Rice and Gordon Critz were close behind with rounds of 86 and 88, respectively.
While Squaw Valley is a beautiful place to play golf, Squaw Creek is not an easy course, making the solid rounds that much more impressive.
The McCormick sister duo swept the younger girls divisions.
Haley McCormick won the Girls 10-11 with a 46 and Kenzie McCormick won her fourth straight event with a 50 in the Girls 8-9.
Sofia deWit finished second behind Haley with a 59. Stella deWit finished second with a 59 as well behind Kenzie. It was a sister-dominated event for the younger girls.
Matthew Sutherland won the Boys 12-13 in commanding fashion, firing a 40 on the front nine. All nine-hole competitors played the front nine.
Isaac Mozen and Matthew Volkman tied for second at 49. Zarek Livak and Murphy Scott were not far off the pace with scores of 54 and 55, respectively, to both earn Cup points for finishing in the top five.
Newcomer Zach Cohen finished first in the Boys 10-11 with an excellent round of 46, and Ethan Flynn was second with a 50. Patrick Volkman was right behind with a 52, followed by Andrew Sutherland at 54. Three players, Max Carter, Robby Byrne, Jack Brown, tied for fifth.
Huck Raymore and Zach Anttila finished first and second in the Boys 8-9 with scores of 49 and 50, respectively. Huck has a one-point lead on Zach for the Cup going into the Tour Championship. Carson Jensen finished third with Luke Brown in fourth.
The Tour Championship at Gray’s Crossing on Monday, Aug. 18, is the final event and the deciding round in the Cup race. Besides the day competition for the coveted Tour Championship statue trophies, each age group will award a season-long Cup points winner.
The championship tournament is a double point event, which can be very crucial. Last year Jack Brown took full advantage, leap frogging the field with a win at Gray’s Crossing to finish first.
This year, the most heated race is the Boys 8-9, as Huck Raymore and Zach Anttila are in a dead heat with 15 points going into the last event. Luke Brown is only three points behind.
Ethan Flynn has a solid lead in the Boys 10-11 but he has not mathematically eliminated Jack Brown or Matthew Volkman, so they can still win. Aiden Mason and Isaac Mozen are in a dog fight for first but Isaac will miss the last event, opening the door for Matthew Volkman and Murphy Scott to challenge Aiden.
Sam Willis has a two-point lead over Airon Yarbrough in the 14-15 but Chase Sienkiewicz is still in contention as is 2013 Cup winner Quinn Earley, who could win if he were to win the Tour Championship.
Cody Tilton has a commanding lead in the 16-17 but Jordan Fereira could still win the Cup.
Kenzie McCormick would have to not show up at Gray’s Crossing to not win and even then she might win. Her 20 points gives her a nine-point lead over Stella deWit and 10-point lead over Ryan Flynn. Since Kenzie has never missed a TTJGT event, she is as close to a sure thing as there is.
Haley McCormick has a solid lead over Sofia deWit and Coco Layton with her 16 points. Lauren Hickam and Sienna Scibird have commanding leads in the girls older divisions.
For a complete breakdown of the Cup points, go to scoreboard section of the TTJGT website, ttjgt.com.