7th Annual FCG San Diego Junior Amateur
The 7th Annual Future Champions Golf saw another record size field with players coming from 20 countries and 14 states to compete for the title. In order to accommodate all players in the Boys 15-18 division, FCG added Salt Creek Golf Club as an additional host course to go along with Steele Canyon Golf Club. All players in the division played one day at each golf course and then there was a cut to the top 45 players. The final day was played back at Steele Canyon Golf Club. All other divisions in the event played at the Sycuan Golf Resort. All three courses (Willow, Oak & Pine) were used for tournament play.
This year, the San Diego Junior Amateur had a list of 18 different college coaches that came out to watch these junior golfers in the hopes of recruiting them to their schools. From one college coach: “This event has definitely become a major in junior golf!” We were also able to host a College Coaches Panel, where players and parents were able to sit down and receive answers to their questions regarding college golf.
Future Champions Golf would like to thank all of our sponsors and organizations that came out to make this event possible, this list includes: Callaway Golf, Bushnell Golf, Easy 18 Golf, 18 Greens Golf Apparel, Activ8 Athleticism & VISION 54
Complete Leaderbord: http://fcg.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/fcg13/event/fcg1338/contest/19/leaderboard.htm
The largest field in the tournament, 180 boys, was made up of some of the best junior golfers in the country and the world. Many impressive scores were shot throughout the tournament at both golf courses, including a 66 each day of the event. The eventual cut line was set at 149 (+6) and 45 players moved on the third day. In the final playoff of the weekend, which would prove to be the most exciting, University of Oregon commit, Aaron Wise (Corona, CA) and Tai Lin Song (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) would go head-to-head in a sudden death playoff after they both finished the tournament at -7. After tying the first hole with two pars, Aaron Wise went on to chip in for birdie on the second playoff hole to win the 7th Annual Future Champions Golf San Diego Junior Amateur Championship. Finishing the tournament in 3rd place was USC commit and 5th Annual San Diego Junior Amateur Champion, Jonah Texeria. Texeira finished the tournament at 5-under par after a final round 67 (-4), jumped him multiple positions in the standings.
Top 5 Boys 15-18:
Aaron Wise: 67-69-71 -- 207
Tai Lin Song: 68-72-67 -- 207
Jonah Texeira: 70-72-67 -- 209
Sean Carlon: 71-70-69 -- 210
Dylan Wu: 69-71-70 --210
In what would be the second of three playoffs during the weekend, Thomas Hutchison (San Jose, CA) and Kaiwen Liu (San Diego, CA) faced off after both boys shot +3 after two tournament rounds. Hutchison had two consistent rounds of 74-73, but Liu was well back after a first round 76 and had to shoot a -1 (71) on the second day to secure him a spot in the playoff. Hutchison would eventually win the playoff on the second hole and claim the first place spot in the division. Missing out on the playoff by one stroke were Zihao Jin (San Diego, CA) & Devon Bling (Ridgecrest, CA) who were tied for third at +4 for the tournament before the card-off awarded Bling the 3rd place finish due to his -2 (70) second round.
Edwin Kuang (Murrieta, CA) put on an impressive show in the Boys 11-12 division. Claiming the victory by shooting two under-par rounds at Sycuan Golf Resort. His first round was a -2 (70) and his second round was an even more impressive -4 (68) to finish with a tournament total of -6. 2nd place in the Boys 11-12 division went to Alexander Pak (San Clemente, CA) who also finished the tournament under par. Pak shot 70 (-2) during the first round and then followed it up with an even-par 72 to finish the tournament -2. There was a tie for 3rd place between Brett Sodetz (Henderson, NV) & Ethan Dezzani (Honolulu, HI) at even-par for the tournament. In the end Sodetz would get the 3rd place finish, winning the final round card-off with a -3 (69).
The first of three playoffs included Ian Fritz (Las Vegas, NV) and Jeevan Sihota (Victoria, BC). Both players were very consistent over two days and had similar routes to the tie for first, Fritz shot 54-58 (+4) & Sihota shot 56-56 (+4). The playoff ended up lasting 5 holes and in the end, Fritz was able to come out on top. There was a tie for 3rd place in the Boys 9-10 division. Tatsuki Nemoto (Oceanside, CA) & Kyle An (Aliso Viejo, CA) were tied at +7 for the tournament and in the end, Nemoto won the card off by shooting a lower round (55) on the second day.
Boys 8 & Under:
Jay Leng Jr. (Rancho Santa Fe, CA), was in control of the Boys 8 & Under division throughout the entire event. His 1st round 57 (+3) put him 3 shots ahead of his closest competitor, Kai Hirayama (Arcadia, CA), who shot a 60 (+6) in the 1st round. In the 2nd round Leng Jr. really pulled away from the rest of the field. His 54 (E) round was 4 shots better than any other player in his age division, allowing him to finish the tournament at +3 and 9 shots clear of Hirayama who finished in second place at +12. Finishing the tournament in 3rd place was Zander Grant (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) who was actually in 4th place after his first round 62 (+8), but was able to jump up one position after shooting a 61 (+7) on day two.
Just as with the Boys 15-18 division, the Girls 15-18 division also had a cut after the first two days. The number for the Girls 15-18 division was 163 (+19). After the cut there were 19 girls competing for the San Diego Junior Amateur title. Ellen Takada (Irvine, CA) led wire to wire in the Girls 15-18 division. Takada finished the tournament at 1-under par and 4 shots clear of the 2nd place finisher. 2nd place in the Girls 15-18 division was last year’s FCG International & FCG World Championship champion, Alyaa Abdulghany (Newport Beach, CA). Abdulghany finished this year’s San Diego Junior Amateur at +3. 3rd place in the Girls 15-18 division was won by Emilee Hoffman (Folsom, CA) who finished the tournament at 4-over par.
Top 5 Girls 15-18:
Ellen Takada: 70-73-72 -- 215
Alyaa Abdulghany: 71-75-73 -- 219
Emilee Hoffman: 73-72-75 -- 220
Muni He: 75-71-76 -- 222
Yu Okamura: 77-74-74 -- 225
Winning the Girls 13-14 division was Carolyn Zhao (San Diego, CA) who finished the tournament at +3. Zhao was multiple shots back at the end of the first day after a +3 (75) but an even-par (72) second round in addition to some backing up by other players allowed her to jump up to a first place finish. There was a 3-way tie for 2nd place at +4 for the tournament. Determined by final round scores, the card-off was won by Wave Whiston (San Diego, CA) who shot an even-par second round of 72. Finishing in 3rd place was Keerattriya Foocharoen (Bangkok, Thailand) who shot a second round +2 (74).
For her 5th consecutive time, Karah Sanford (Escondido, CA), won a San Diego Junior Amateur title. This time it came in her first year in the Girls 11-12 division. In the history of Future Champions Golf, no one has ever been a 5-time FCG World Series Champion. Sanford and Sabrina Iqbal (San Jose, CA) were both tied for first in the division after they both shot a 1st round 74 (+2). On the second day, Sanford was able to pull away and claim the title after a 2nd round of 3 birdies, 3 bogeys & 12 pars, for a round of even-par 72. Iqbal was not far behind; she would take second place in the division after shooting another round of 74, putting her just two shots out of first place. Finishing in 3rd place in the Girls 11-12 division was Brianna Navarrosa (San Diego, CA), who shot 75-74 over the two tournament days to finish the tournament at +5.
Jett Legacion (Pomona, CA) had a big turn around between the two tournament rounds; shooting a 61 (+7) the first day but shaving 6 strokes off of that score on the second day when she shot a 55 (+1) to claim the Junior Amateur title. In a tie for 2nd place, Lauren Williams (Escondido, CA) and Ashley Yun (La Crescenta, CA) both finished the tournament at +13. The tie was decided by the low second round score, which was shot by Yun, who shot a 58 (+4) on the second day compared to Williams’ 62 (+8).
Girls 8 & Under:
Ali Mulhall all the way from Green River, WY, won the Girls 8 & Under division with a final tournament score of +26. She shot round of 66-68 to capture the San Diego Junior Amateur title. Coming in second place in the division was Leigh Chien (Irvine, CA) who shot 68-75 to finish the tournament at +35. Rounding out the top three finishers was Milana Chang (Diamond Bar, CA) who shot two very consistent rounds of 74-75 to finish the event at +41.