WHITTIER, California (July 26-27,2018) – The 13th Annual SCPGA Junior Tour Match Play Championship took place on July 26-27 at California Country Club. The top 16 boys and 8 girls qualified for this prestigious event by the qualifier hosted on July 10 at The Navy Golf Course. The boys had to win two matches to continue on to the semifinals on Friday and the girls had to win their singular match. Facing off in the middle of a heat wave, 4 boys and 4 girls were successful: Dante Fornaro, Troy McNary, Aidan Oliver, Schuyler Peterson, Ashley Kim, Elle Laur, Alexis Kim, and Kristen Min Ju Kim. All of the semifinal matches were close, the leader was always changing. However, in the crisp morning, Dante Fornaro beat Troy McNary 2 Up, Aidan Oliver beat Schuyler Peterson 1 Up, Ashley Kim beat Elle Laur at 3 & 2, and Alexis Kim bested Kristen Min Ju Kim at 4 & 3. Fornaro was playing Oliver and it was Kim versus Kim in the Championship Match. As the day progressed and as the heat continued, stamina and mental strength became mandatory. The boys’ championship match concluded on the 12th hole, Aidan Oliver secured an 8 & 6 victory. A few holes later, Schuyler Peterson won the consolation match at 4 & 3 over Troy. The girls’ consolation match finished on one of the more difficult holes, number 14, with Kristen Min Ju Kim securing third place with a match of 5 & 4. The girl’s championship match ended with excitement as Alexis Kim pitched her third shot on the par 5, number 16, within inches for birdie. This led way to her 3 & 2 victory. Congratulations to our three top performers in the 2018 Junior Tour Match Play Championship!
Thank you so very much to Head Golf Professional Monta Sokolovska, PGA and all of the other California Country Club staff for making this such a great event and experience.