The 2015 Toyota Tour Cup Championship was held at Sandpiper Golf Club in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. A Golf Digest Top 100 golf course, Sandpiper is a phenomenal setting to hold the Southern California PGA Junior Tour’s most coveted event. The final TTC event of the season showcased players atop the Toyota Tour Cup rankings. When asked about the upcoming tournament, Junior Golf Director, Kevin Smith said, “We are very excited to host the Toyota Tour Cup Championship at Sandpiper Golf Club, they are a gracious host and the course will truly test the skills of of this elite field. We look forward to an exciting 36 holes of golf and know that this course setup will produce a worthy champion for the Boy’s/Girl’s field.” The top six Boy’s players in standings had a mathematical chance to win Toyota Tour Cup Player of the Year. Those six included points leader and Mountain Gate Champion Tanner Podres, La Purisma Champion Brandon Bueno, two-time Tour Cup winner Ryan McCoy, Corey Pavin Invitational Champion Puwit Anupanseubsai, three-time 2015 Tour winner Norman Xiong, and Santa Ana Champion Ellis Tirado.
Day One, December 12th, 2015: Players were up bright and early to start hitting balls on the range in preparation for the 7:30AM split tee start. The weather was beautiful to start the day with wind building as the day progressed. Players found the course conditions extremely tough for the Championship as the greens were running fast but true. Looking for back to back Toyota Tour Cup Championships, Matthew Wolff shot a round of 71 with five birdies to take the day one lead at one-under par. Challenging pin locations forced a mentality that three putt avoidance was critical, but three putt acceptance was equally as important on these lightning fast greens. With the wind gusting throughout the day, the players were forced to change their approach. Right on the heels of Wolff, several Boy’s players were close at the top of the pack with Puwit Anupansuebsai, Sean Maruyama, Justin Egelske and Sam Choi all shooting round one score of 74, three strokes off the lead. In the Girl’s division, the field was also close at the top with Brianna Navarrosa leading the pack posting a round one score of 74 with four birdies. Closing in on Brianna’s heels was Alexa Melton, Samantha Yi and Crystal Wang all recording 79’s, leaving them five shots off the lead. Other notable day one accomplishments were eagles by Ellis Tirado, Ryan McCoy, Austin Liu and Lexi Keene. With day one completed, the players all settled in for the evening in preparation for the final round.
Day Two, December 13th, 2015: The morning dawned with ideal conditions, crystal clear skies and virtually no wind. The morning players took advantage of the great conditions but as the day progressed the wind gusts began to increase along with the difficulty of the course. Tournament Director, Justin Sandoval, brought challenging pin locations designed to test this elite field in the Championship event. By the early afternoon the wind was reaching near unplayable conditions and the field was put to the ultimate test of their game. Alrik Pan an was able to shoot low despite the tough conditions, posting a one under 71, finishing in the tournament in 5th place with a two day total of 154. Finishing in third was Sam Choi with a two day total of 151. Runner up for the boys was, Norman Xiong, with a two day total of of 149. Norman was chasing a perfect TTC season, winning every tournament he has participated in this season and finished a single stroke off the lead. Finishing in first place in the Boy’s division was Matthew Wolff, claiming back to back TTC Championship Titles with his two day total of 148! In the Girl’s division the race was close for the Championship title. Rose Zhang, posted an impressive two day total of 161 finishing just outside the top 3 with a T-4 finish. She had an amazing 2015 season with ten “Top 10” finishes! Way to go Rose! Placing in 3rd with a two day total of 159 was Kornkamol Sukaree. Great playing Kornkamol! The runner up title went to Alexa Melton, who shot back to back rounds of 79 finishing only one stroke off the lead. Alexa played some amazing golf on the final nine holes of the tournament, posting three birdies! Lastly, our 2015 Girl’s champion was Crystal Wang! Crystal was on top of her game despite the tough conditions the wind and rain brought on. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all the competitors who made it out! We hope you had a great weekend!
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Special thanks to Sandpiper Golf Course for being the host facility! Thank you to our presenting sponsor Toyota, this event wouldn’t be possible without your support. The players all loved their gear and golf balls thanks to Taylormade, our product sponsor.
Lastly, thanks to our rules officials:
Ron O’Connor, PGA, Terry Startzel, Keith Reinking, Carol Stewart, Gary Albin & Frank Dessel.
On behalf of the entire SCPGA Staff, we would like to thank the players and their families for a wonderful Toyota Tour Cup season! For those players moving on to college, we wish you nothing but the best of luck and hope that you always remember the Junior Tour in your future endeavors. For those players continuing on with our program next season, we hope you look forward to a fantastic 2016 TTC season!