2013 San Diego Junior Amateur Championship
The Premier Winter Break Junior Golf Championship in the United States Open to all junior golfers ages 6-18
January 3-5, 2013
Steele Canyon Golf Club and Sycuan Resort


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  • Each of our 2013 Champions earned a spot in the 2013 Callaway Junior World Championships
  • Corey Shaun, Boys 15-18 Division Champion earns exemption into 2013 Rice Planters Amateur and the Azalea Amateur
  • FCG World Championship Exemptions: The top ten 11-12 year olds have earned an exemption, the top ten 13-14 have earned an exemption, and all 15-18 division players that made the cut earned an exemption.
  • AJGA will award stars to top finishers in the 13-14 and 15-18 Divisions

College Coaches in Attendance: Thanks to all the college coaches who came out this past weekend! You always make the intensity level of our events rise! Coaches in attendance included: Washington State University Pepperdine University UCLA University of Southern California San Diego State University University of Denver California State University San Marcos University of Oregon Ducks University of San Diego Arizona State Sun Devils University of La Verne, UC Davis & Johnson and Wales University

The Experience:
With a record number of participants, this year’s San Diego Junior Amateur was an all around exciting experience for everyone involved. Spanning two separate golf courses (Steele Canyon Golf Club & Sycuan Golf Resort) and 3 days, 392 junior golfers from all corners of the world came to compete in one of the most competitive junior events in the country. There were multiple exemptions on the line for every age division, the largest of which was the exemption to the Callaway Junior World. Both courses were in amazing condition and the weather cooperated perfectly, both of these things were reflected through the record low scores we saw in 2013.

Boys 15-18:

Boys 15-18 was the only division at Steele Canyon Golf Club, Corey Shaun (Encinitas, CA), got off to a blazing hot start firing a 66-67 the first two days to put him 9-under par through 2 days; setting a record for the low score at any San Diego Junior Amateur in the Boys 15-18 division. Shaun’s 66 in the first round also missed the tournament record at Steele Canyon by only 1 shot. Shaun continued rolling on the third day with a 72, which was good enough to secure the championship by 4 shots. Making a late run on the third day was Aaron Wise (Corona, CA) who shot a very respectable 71-69 the first two days and had an opportunity to go real low on the third day, but was derailed by two late bogeys. Even with the two bogeys, Wise ended up with another 69, which gave him a second place finish. Hunter Epson (Long Beach, CA) fired a 68 in the final round to tie for a third place finish, but was victorious in a card-off with Patrick Murphy from Canada.
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Girls 15-18:
After starting with a 2-under 70, Rong Ji (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) came back to the field over the next two days, posting a 77-76 to finish the tournament. Her backwards slide allowed for Casie Cathrea (Livermoore, CA) to make a charge and take the championship. Cathrea, who is already committed to Oklahoma State to play golf, was able to improve her score all three days of the tournament posting a 74-73-70 to finish 6 shots clear of the rest of the field. Ji was able to finish in second place with a three-day total of 7-over. Coming in third place was Shannon Oh (Carlsbad, CA) who shot 74-77-78 over the three days to finish 13-over and round out the top three.

Boys 13-14:

There was never really a question who the Boys 13-14 division championship was going to be won by. Devon Bling (Ridgecrest, CA) shot a 5-under 67 both days of the tournament to end with a final score of 10-under par, beating the next competitor by 9 strokes. Sidney Cozier (San Marcos, CA) started off with a fantastic 2-under par 70 but on the second day shot a 3-over 75 and let Norman Xiong, (Canyon Lake, CA) to slide into second place after he shot a 1-under 73-70 through two-days. Cozier had to settle for a 1-over third place finish.

Girls 13-14:

After landing in 3rd place after the first day, Alyaa Abdulghady (Newport Beach, CA) had an excellent 5-under 67 on the second day to over take all other players and win the division. Alisha Lau (Richmond, BC) improved 8 strokes from the first to second day (79-71) to capture the second place trophy. Wave Whiston (San Diego, CA) finished with a very respectable 7-over two day total and took third place after winning a card-off.

Boys 11-12:

The Boys 11-12 division had the most exciting finish out of all the age divisions. The title was decided by a play-off that lasted almost until dark. In the end James Song (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) was victorious which left Edwin Kuang (Murrieta, CA) with the second place finish. Both players had finished with a two-day total of 2-under par.  Ricky Castillo (Yorba Linda, CA) missed out on the playoff by only one stroke after finished two days 1-under par (73-70).

Girls 11-12:

Kailie Vongsaga (Rancho Belago, CA) took first place in the Girls 11-12 division, she beat out the next closest competitor by 6 strokes, finishing Even par for the two days. Second in the division was Hae Ran Ryu (Korea) who finished 6-over for the tournament. There was a tie for third between Ashley Park (Arcadia, CA) and Brooke Seay (Rancho Santa Fe, CA). Both golfers finished at 8-over par, but Seay won the card-off with a final round 77.

Boys: 9-10:

The top three finishers in the Boys 9-10 division were all within three shots of each other throughout both days of the tournament, making for an exciting experience. In the end Jeevan Sihota (Victoria, BC) came away with the victory with a two-day total of 2-over. Sihota fired a 1-under final round to secure the first place position. Second place went to Sebastian Igbal (San Jose, CA) and third place to Robert You (Nashua, NH).

Girls 9-10:

Another record was set in the Girls 9-10 division, this time by Karah Sanford (San Diego, CA). Her final score of 11-under par sets a new record for low score in the division. The most impressive round was her 7-under first round on Pine Glen and Sycuan Golf Resort. The next closest competitor was Angelina Kim (Los Angeles, CA), who finished 5-over par after two days. Meaning Sanford won the division by an astounding 16 shots. Rounding out the top three in this division was Brianna Navarrosa (San Diego, CA), who shot a two day total of 8-over and won a card-off with a final day 60, beating fellow competitor Brianna Park.

Boys 8 & Under:

The Boys 8 & Under division is all about the fun! Ken Shibata (Japan), Ian Fritz (Las Vegas, NV) and Connor Williams (Escondido, CA) were the top three finishers in this division. The top three finished 10-over, 11-over, and 13-over respectively. Very impressive scores for two days of golf.

Girls 8 & Under:

Another division that is all about the fun! Karen Tsuru (Carlsbad, CA), Faith Low (Foster City, CA) and Isabella Ranches (San Diego, CA) were the top three finishers in the Girls 8 & Under division. They finished 18-over, 23-over and 27-over respectively. These golfers obviously have a lot of talent and a great road ahead of them in golf!

Corey Shaun, our 15-18 Division Champion has also earned an exemption into the 2013 Rice Planters Amateur and the Azalea Amateur Championship

This event is ranked by Golfweek, NJGS, Royal and Ancient World Amateur Rankings, Scratch Players World Amateur Rankings, and FCG World Series Rankings.
Top finishers will receive AJGA PBE and the
Winner of each age division will earn an exemption into the
2013 Callaway Junior World Championship.

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Chris Williams
University of Washington
Walker Cup Participant and
#1 Ranked Amateur in the World

Beau Hossler
University of Texas
2011 and 2012 US Open Qualifier and 2011 Callaway Junior World Champion

Todd Baek
Professional Golfer
SDSU Freshman Standout
FCG Hall of Fame Member

Casie Cathrea
Oklahoma State University
Multiple LPGA Participant and
US Junior Ryder Cup Member for 2012

6th Annual San Diego Junior Amateur
Boys 15-18: Corey Shaun, Encinitas, CA
Girls 15-18: Casie Cathrea, Livermoore, CA
Boys 13-14: Devon Bling, Ridgecrest, CA
Girls 13-14: Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, CA
Boys 11-12: James Song, San Diego, CA
Girls 11-12: Kailie Vongsaga, Rancho Belago, CA
Boys 9-10: Jeevan Sihota, BC
Girls 9-10: Karah Sanford, Escondido
Boys 7-8: Ken Shibata, Japan
Girls 8 and Under: Karen Tsuru, Carlsbad, CA

5th Annual San Diego Junior Amateur
Boys 15-18: Jonah Texeira, Los Angeles
Girls 15-18: Bryana Nguyen, Columbia
Boys 13-14: Patrick Murphy, Canada
Girls 13-14: Reika Usui, Kunuma-Shi
Boys 11-12: Ricky Castillo, Yorba Linda
Girls 11-12: Elizabeth Wang, San Marino, CA
Boys 9-10: Alexander Yang, Newport Coast
Girls 9-10: Karah Sanford, Escondido
Boys 7-8: Tatsuki Nemoto, Oceanside, CA
Girls 8 and Under: Amari Avery, Riverside, CA

4th Annual San Diego Junior Amateur
Boys 15-18: Nicolas Noya, San Francisco
Girls 15-18: Casie Cathrea, Livermoore
Boys 13-14: Patrick Murphy, Canada
Girls 13-14: Angel Yin, Arcadia
Boys 11-12: Issei Tanabe, Huntington Beach
Girls 11-12: Muni He, British Columbia
Boys 9-10: Carter Plousha, San Diego
Girls 9-10: Brooke Seay, San Diego
Boys 7-8: Cooper Goyette, Newbury Park
Girls 8 and Under: Karah Sanford, San Diego

3rd Annual San Diego Junior Amateur
Boys 15-18: Beau Hossler, Santa Margarita
Girls 15-18: Casie Cathrea, Livermoore
Boys 13-14: Tyler Moore, Escondido
Girls 13-14: Lydia Choi, Beverly Hills
Boys 11-12: Issei Tanabe, Huntington Beach
Girls 11-12: Angel Yin, Arcadia
Boys 9-10: Ricky Castillo,  Yorba Linda
Girls 9-10: Andrea Gomez, Mexico City
Boys 8 and Under: Dylan Fritz, Las Vegas
Girls 8 and Under: Karah Sanford, San Diego


2nd Annual San Diego Junior Amateur
Boys 15-18: Todd Baek
Girls 15-18: Linda Brown
Boys 13-14: Andrew Rudy
Girls 13-14: Elizabeth Bernabe
Boys 11-12: Corey Shaun
Girls 11-12: Angel Yin
Boys 9-10: Issei Tanabe
Girls 9-10: Andrea Lee
Boys 8 and Under: Ricky Castillo
Girls 8 and Under: Bella Setio


Inaugural San Diego Junior Amateur
Boys 15-18: Chris Williams
Girls 15-18: TJ Kliebphipat
Boys 13-14: Troix Tonkham
Girls 13-14: Courtney Hooton
Boys 11-12: Beau Hossler
Girls 11-12: Chloe Belle Hooton
Boys 9-10: Jake Chanen
Girls 9-10: Yulie Koshino
Boys 8 and Under: Jeremy Sto. Tomas
Girls 8 and Under: Tyra Tonkham

Past Results
4th Annual Results
3rd Annual Results

2nd Annual and Inaugural Results



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