2016 Junior PGA Section Championship
The Southern California PGA Junior Tour was proud to conduct the Junior PGA Section Championship on June 20th-21stat the California Country Club. A grueling heat wave breaking into the triple digits awaited the players on day one of this prestigious event. Despite the brutal playing conditions, the field showcased some stellar resilience to overcome any obstacles placed in front of them. The course was in outstanding condition and with the greens rolling smooth and true. Despite the extreme heat, the players marched on into the furnace and began the battle to determine who would become the 2016 Junior PGA Section Champions!
Day One, June 20th, 2016: The morning started at 7AM with a single tee start and the players turned up the heat early. The Boys 15-18 division saw Daniel Furman getting off to a great start and firing a -4 under first round 68, which included 6 birdies. Right on Daniels heals was Ashwin Arasu with at -3 under 69. Arasu also carded an impressive 6 birdies. Connor Nolan, carded a first round 70, outing him in 3rd place for the day.
As the afternoon progressed, the temperature was pushing 107 degrees. The Girls 15-18 division was packed with some amazing talent and despite the heat Crystal Wang scorched a -4 under 70 to take the day one leader position. Bella Setio was on the mark as well going through the first 17 holes bogey free while carding 3 birdies. Sitting T-2 along with Seito was Ashley Kim and Hanna Ko.
Even with the triple digit heat wearing on the players, the top scores were falling under par. The SCPGA field staff was well prepared for the heat and supplied the players with plenty of ice cold H2O. As if the heat wasn’t enough, a local fire dubbed the “sherpa fire,” broke out and threatened the cancellation of play for day 2 as smoke was harming the air quality.
Day Two, June 21st, 2016: A relief from the oppressive heat brought temperatures 15 degrees lower then the day prior, and the golf gods shifted the wind away from the players, allowing the tournament to continue despite the local fire. After the re-paring for day two, play began promptly at 9:00AM with a single tee start.
The 9-11 divisions saw fierce competition as Yurang Li took first place for the girls division with a two day total of 93, runner up was Kalia Elsayegh shot a 94, and third place finisher for the girls was Milana Chang finishing at 103. Congratulations Girls! The winners of the Boys 9-11 division was in first place Carson Kim, with a two day total of 74, runner up was Diesel Roman, 80, and third place was Henrey Yang with a 85. Congratulations Boys!
The 12-14 Boys division champions were Sebastian Vallejo fishishing his two day total with a very impressive even par 144, a tie in the runner up position saw Matheaus Becker and Ethan Kim with at two day total of 157. Congratulations Boys!
The Boys 15-18 division was lighting up the course with outstanding play again from Ashwin Arasu, shooting a two day total of 137, claming both the divison title and the overall Boys title! Finishing in the runner-up position was William Mouw wit hat two day total of 140. Finishing in third was Daniel Furman with a two day total of 141. Congratulations to our Boys competitors!
The Girls 12-14 divison was won by Amari Avery, with a two day total of 148. Runner up was Catherine Park, at 151. Third was Sengum Gankhuyag, 154.
First place in the Girls 15-18 division was won by Crystal Wang with a two day total of 144, which was -4 under par! Runner up was Hanna Ko, firing a two round total of 148. Coming in third place was Bella Setio, 149.
Congratulations to the overall boys and girls champions Chrystal Wang and Ashwi Arasu! These players have earned an exemption into the the 41st Junior PGA Championship which will be played at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, Rhode Island on August 9-12, 2016.
Thanks to our field staff team leader Randy Parkinson and out field staff members Marv Coach, Carlo Ignacio, Harold Calubid, Jesse Toribio, Gary Leeds, Joan Park, Samantha Rocha, and Frank Dessel.
Special Thanks to The California County Club & Their Staff. Thank You To Head Golf Professional Monta Sokolovska, PGA, For The Hospitality