The Bridgestone Spring Series Tournament of Champions was played on May 21-22 in Beaumont at the challenging Oak Valley Golf Club. Good weather met the players for a tournament with”Spring” in the name because it certainly did not feel like late May in SoCal. Chilly temperatures did not keep the Players Tours best from heating it up in the first round. The 9-11 Boys were especially hot with four players bringing it with under par rounds on the day. Another highlight was an ace for Alexis Kim on the 122 yard 6th hole! Congratulations Alexis! Both divisions of girls were led by a 68 from Elyse Kim. Four Boys were locked atop the 15-18 leaderboard after day one concluded and the 12-14 Boys were led in by Andrew Hoekstra with a 71.
The second day was a little warmer and the scores matched the warmup. Eric Lee and Patrick Hong both had eagles on holes #2 & #5. Nicely done gentlemen. Even with their eagles they could not stop eventual 9-11 Boys Champion, Diesel Roman. Diesel was especially solid with matching 34’s on different nines to finish up at 4 under. The girls 9-11 division was won by Angela Liu from Irvine who shot a tournament low 34 for her division on the second day to seal the win. Elyse Kim took care of her first day 68 with a solid 73 on day two to take the 12-14 Girls trophy and also the coveted “Bridgestone Series Champion” backpack. Sherilyn Villanueva overcame a two shot deficit from the first round to win by five shots with a two day even-par total of 144. Andrew Hoekstra captured the win for the 12-14 Boys division by 4 strokes via a solid two-over 74 on day two. The hardware for the 15-18 year old Boys division was taken home by Alec Aronson of Simi Valley thanks to his second day level par 72.
All of our participants in the series Tournament of Champions are winners in their own right. The level of competition at this event undeniably showed that to be true. The great attitudes and sportsmanship of the Players Tours Champions should also be complimented. Also, big thanks to families and friends for their support.