The final round of the Southern California PGA Junior Tour Toyota Tour Cup Championship concluded yesterday, December 18th, 2016, at La Quinta Resort & Club Mountain Course, located in La Quinta, California.
Throughout the season, Toyota Tour Cup members compete to earn TTC Player of The Year points. With a crisp bite in the air, the 90 player field was eager to begin play of the final round, but mother nature had other plans. With temperatures dipping into the 20’s over night, the players arrived to a course covered with a blanket of frost across though thee green. The SCPGA rules committee acted accordingly and enacted a one hour delay. With this, the final round commenced at 8:30am.
The final round had a close grouping near the top of the leaderboard in both divisions. Numerous college coaches were in attendance to scout the the elite Tour Cup field of payers in this prestigious Championship event. Some of the colleges in attendance were; University of San Diego, San Diego State, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Pepperdine, University of Arizona and New Mexico State.
With the eyes of the golf world gazing upon the brightest youth golfers in the region, the Toyota Tour Cup Members brought the A game! Kento Yamawaki, carded a 7 birdie round of 67 in his second round, giving him a two day total of -4 under par, 140 total, finishing T-4 for the tournament. James Song, was in the zone consistently both days with 7 birdies over his two rounds, finishing T-8 with a 69 & 74, total of -1 under par 143. Another outstanding performance from Steve Sugimoto, placing 7th and etching 9 birds over two days of play, 69 & 73 for a two day total of 142.
The Toyota Tour Cup Player of The Year, Clay Seeber showed up to battle both days. Seeber, a resident of Newport Beach, bounced back form a day one score of +1, posting an impressive -6 under round two score, placing Seeber in 3rd place with a two day total of 139. Finishing in sole procession of 2nd was Edwin Kuang, a resident of Murrieta, put himself in passion after a steady -1 under first round. Kuang came out focused for round two, scratching a -1 under on the front 9 and letting the birdies fly on the back 9 with a bogey free 4 birdie finish! Giving Kuang a two day total of 138. Lastly, the 2016 Toyota Tour Cup Championship winner in the boys division was none other then the impressively talented, Charles Reiter. A native of Palm Desert, Reiter was in tune with the Bermuda greens of the La Quinta desert. Reiter came out round one and carded 3 birdies and an eagle on the par 5, 15th hole. Reiter, was in the lead heading into the second round. Charles arrived ready to continue his stunning performance for the final round, posting 7 birdies and another eagle coming on the final hole of regulation, putting Reiter at -12 under for 36 holes of play. Congratulations to our Boys division winners.
The girls division, composed of the top 33 on Tour, also made the trek out to the desert to battle for the title. Placing in third was Bella Setio, who is a resident of San Marino. Setio had an impressive 2016 season, placing top 10 in 9 out of 9 times this year in TTC tournaments. The championship was an opportunity for Setio to keep the great golf rolling. After posting a even par 72 round one, Setio continued her steady play day two, posting a 73 and fishing 145 for the event! Placing in 2nd was the amazing 13 year old Amari Avery. Avery, who has had a wonderful 2016, including a runner up finish in the Corey Pavin Invitational, 1st place finishes at TTC Olives Links and also a 1st place finish in the Junior PGA Championship for the 12-14 age division! Avery, needed some time to make adjustments round one, scoring 5 birdies but fishing +2 for the day. Round two, Avery came out ready to battle, making the appropriate adjustments necessary and snatching up 3 birdies on a bogey free front 9, and playing scratch golf on the final 9 holes of the tournament. This solid day two performance earned the 13 year old Riverside resident runner up! Lastly, Yukino Yoshihara, from Irvine was crowned champion of the girls divison. Yukino posted a round one 73, placing her in 2nd, but she lit the fire in round two to earn the title. Yoshihara played bogey free golf, with 5 birdies! Finishing -4 under for the tournament, she will have her name etched into the perpetual trophy, located in the SCPGA Section offices.
1st – Charles Reiter
2nd – Edwin Kuang
3rd – Clay Seeber
1st – Yukino Yoshihara
2nd – Amari Avery
3rd – Bella Setio
We would like to thank all rues officials for their dedication to this event and the entire 2016 season. Starting with Rules Chairman, Ron O’Connor, PGA, Gary Albin, Keith Reinking, Gary Wilson, Dianne Wilson, Carol Stewart. Also, thanks to tournament volunteer Dave Stewart & Steve Frank.
Special thanks to the La Quinta Resort & Club for providing their facility for this championship event!