The third-annual Monterey Challenge was played Nov. 9-10 at Monterey Pines Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, Calif. More than 210 players, ages 5-14, competed in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event.
In Boys 8, Jackson Koivun (California) fired a bogey-free 32 in the final round and was the clubhouse leader at 3-under-par with three players left to finish. Jay Brooks (Florida) trailed by one with one hole to play, but an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole gave Brooks a final-round 35 and a one-stroke victory at 4-under-par.
Ian Fritz (Nevada) recorded a final-round 73 and captured his third career USKG title by winning Boys 9 with an even-par total. Eight pars on the back nine helped him protect his lead and defeat two-time defending champ Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia) by four strokes.
Fernando Castillo (Mexico) mounted a furious comeback Sunday, as he tallied seven birdies en route to final-round 69 and a 3-over-par total. He held the clubhouse lead with one group left on the course, but Paramdeep Sodhi (California) finished birdie-par and took home top honors in Boys 10 with a final-round 74 and a 2-over-par total.
Seven players started the final round within one stroke of the lead in Boys 11, so it was fitting that the title wasn’t decided until the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. After posting 36-hole totals of 2-over-par, it was Andrew Jung (California) who was victorious over Jackson Rivera (California) and Ryan Smith (California).
The four other boys champions were Aditya Das (California, Boys 6 & Under), Gregory Tom (California, Boys 7), Brian Ma (California, Boys 12), and Aditya Kumar (California, Boys 13-14).
In Girls 9, Faith Low (California) finished at even-par and successfully defended her title after carding six birdies in her two nine-hole rounds. In Girls 10, Madelyn Gamble (California) recorded nine birdies on the weekend and posted rounds of 73-72 en route to her first USKG Regional victory.
First-round leader Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama) protected her position with three birdies and an eagle in the final round. She closed with a 75 and won Girls 11 by six strokes with a 7-over-par total. In Girls 13-14, Sarah Fouratt (California) posted the best score during both the first and second rounds, which led to a 7-over-par total and a five-stroke victory. In all, she tallied seven birdies, including three in her final-round 74.
The three other girls champions were Jeanne Padillo (California, Girls 7 & Under), Ali Mulhall (Wyoming, Girls 8), and Caroline Jordaan (Colorado, Girls 12).
Boys 6 & Under
+3…Aditya Das (California)
+4…Ethan Hong (California)
+7…Ayden Fynaut (California)
+7…Joseph Gutierrez (California)
+7…Jonathan Chen (California)
-3…Gregory Tom (California)
-1…Jaden Wyeth Dumdumaya (California)
+1…Max Thomas (California)
+1…Kenneth Wang (British Columbia)
-4…Jay Brooks (Florida)
-3…Jackson Koivun (California)
-2…Bryant Hernandez (California)
E…Ian Fritz (Nevada)
+4…Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia)
+8…Ethan Evans (Washington)
+2…Paramdeep Sodhi (California)
+3…Fernando Castillo (Mexico)
+3…Kevin Jiang (California)
+2…Andrew Jung (California)*
+2…Jackson Rivera (California)
+2…Bradley Vu (California)
-1…Brian Ma (California)
+3…Aaron Chen (California)
+4…Dylan Menante (Nevada)
+7…Aditya Kumar (California)
+8…Hayden Hui (California)
+10…Matt Lloyd (California)
Girls 7 & Under
+7…Jeanne Padillo (California)
+11…Darla May Dela Torre (California)
+14…Natalie Yen (Oregon)
+3…Ali Mulhall (Wyoming)
+6…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)
+8…Varnika Achanta (California)
E…Faith Low (California)
+13…Tori Mouton (Florida)
+32…Oneeka Prabhakar (California)
+1…Madelyn Gamble (California)
+28…Hannah Harrison (California)
+41…Mary Beth Doss (Arizona)
+7…Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama)
+13…Mika Jin (California)
+24…Doodle Yuen (California)
+31…Caroline Jordaan (Colorado)
+32…Abbi Fleiner (Nevada)
+37…Megan Ahmadi (California)
+7…Sarah Fouratt (California)
+12…Sophie Siminoff (California)
+14…Lydia Tsai (California)
* Won via sudden-death playoff
// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications