Final-round notes: 2013 Monterey Challenge

MontereyThe 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.

Final-round results
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Boys Recap
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).

Girls Recap
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)

Boys 7
-3…Gregory Tom (California)
-1…Jaden Wyeth Dumdumaya (California)
+1…Max Thomas (California)
+1…Kenneth Wang (British Columbia)

Boys 8
-4…Jay Brooks (Florida)
-3…Jackson Koivun (California)
-2…Bryant Hernandez (California)

Boys 9
E…Ian Fritz (Nevada)
+4…Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia)
+8…Ethan Evans (Washington)

Boys 10
+2…Paramdeep Sodhi (California)
+3…Fernando Castillo (Mexico)
+3…Kevin Jiang (California)

Boys 11
+2…Andrew Jung (California)*
+2…Jackson Rivera (California)
+2…Bradley Vu (California)

Boys 12
-1…Brian Ma (California)
+3…Aaron Chen (California)
+4…Dylan Menante (Nevada)

Boys 13-14
+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)

Girls 8
+3…Ali Mulhall (Wyoming)
+6…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)
+8…Varnika Achanta (California)

Girls 9
E…Faith Low (California)
+13…Tori Mouton (Florida)
+32…Oneeka Prabhakar (California)

Girls 10
+1…Madelyn Gamble (California)
+28…Hannah Harrison (California)
+41…Mary Beth Doss (Arizona)

Girls 11
+7…Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama)
+13…Mika Jin (California)
+24…Doodle Yuen (California)

Girls 12
+31…Caroline Jordaan (Colorado)
+32…Abbi Fleiner (Nevada)
+37…Megan Ahmadi (California)

Girls 13-14
+7…Sarah Fouratt (California)
+12…Sophie Siminoff (California)
+14…Lydia Tsai (California)

* Won via sudden-death playoff

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards

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First-round Notes: 2013 Monterey Challenge


Monterey

The third-annual Monterey Challenge is being played at Monterey Pines Golf Course and Del Monte Golf Course in Monterey, Calif. More than 210 players, ages 5-14, are competing in 15 age divisions during the two-day stroke play event.

First-round results
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During Saturday’s first round, Ian Fritz (Nevada) opened with a bogey-free 34 on his first nine holes, which helped him to a 1-under-par 71 and a two-stroke lead in Boys 9. Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia) has won the last two years and he will begin Sunday’s final round in second place after shooting 2-over-par 73.

The tightest race after day one is in Boys 11, as four players shot 3-over-par 75 and share the lead at the halfway mark. The four co-leaders are Ryan Smith (California), Andrew Jung (California), Joseph Pagdin (Florida) and Bradley Vu (California), while three players are tied for fifth and just one stroke behind the leaders. Jung is looking to return to the winner’s circle after winning the 2011 Monterey Challenge, while Pagdin is coming off a victory at the PGA Golf Club Invitational.

Two players tallied rounds of 4-under-par 68, the day’s best score. Aaron Chen (California) began his title defense in Boys 12 by recording five birdies and one bogey, while Ian Gilligan (California) also used five birdies to take the lead in Boys 10. Both players will begin the final round with three-stroke leads in their divisions.

Looking to defend her title, Faith Low (California) notched three consecutive birdies en route to a 1-under-par 35 and a seven-stroke lead in Girls 9. Mika Jin (California) is also hoping to win for a second straight year, and her opening-round 79 in Girls 11 has put her in second and three strokes behind Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama), who carded three birdies in her first-round 76.

Ali Mulhall (Wyoming) joined Low as the only two girls to post under-par rounds Saturday. Mulhall closed with a birdie and an eagle en route to a 1-under-par 35 and a five-stroke lead in Girls 8. Varnika Achanta (California) is second at 4-over-par, while two-time USKG winner Gracie McGovern (Arizona) is third at 5-over-par.

Boys 6 & Under
-2…Aditya Das (California)
E…Ethan Hong (California)
+2…Ayden Fynaut (California)
+2…Joseph Gutierrez (California)
+2…Jonathan Chen (California)

Boys 7
-2…Gregory Tom (California)
-1…Jaden Wyeth Dumdumaya (California)
-1…Max Thomas (California)

Boys 8
-3…Jay Brooks (Florida)
-1…Bryant Hernandez (California)
E…Jay Leng Jr. (California)

Boys 9
-1…Ian Fritz (Nevada)
+1…Jeevan Sihota (British Columbia)
+4…Brayden Bozak (Colorado)
+4…Ethan Evans (Washington)

Boys 10
-4…Ian Gilligan (California)
-1…Kevin Jiang (California)
E…Paramdeep Sodhi (California)

Boys 11
+3…Ryan Smith (California)
+3…Andrew Jung (California)
+3…Joseph Pagdin (Florida)
+3…Bradley Vu (California)

Boys 12
-4…Aaron Chen (California)
-1…Brian Ma (California)
-1…Dylan Menante (Nevada)
+5…Yunhe Zheng (Florida)

Boys 13-14
+4…Hayden Hui (California)
+5…Matt Lloyd (California)
+5…Connor Golembeski (Washington)
+5…Aditya Kumar (California)

Girls 7 & Under
+1…Jeanne Padillo (California)
+6…Natalie Yen (Oregon)
+9…Alejandra Castillo (Mexico)
+9…Darla May Dela Torre (California)
+9…Emily Luo (California)

Girls 8
-1…Ali Mulhall (Wyoming)
+4…Varnika Achanta (California)
+5…Gracie McGovern (Arizona)

Girls 9
-1…Faith Low (California)
+6…Tori Mouton (Florida)
+12…Oneeka Prabhakar (California)

Girls 10
+1…Madelyn Gamble (California)
+13…Hannah Harrison (California)
+18…Mary Beth Doss (Arizona)
+18…Lauren Garcia (Arizona)

Girls 11
+4…Ana Raquel Sanson Leon (Panama)
+7…Mika Jin (California)
+11…Marie Jordaan (Colorado)

Girls 12
+13…Caroline Jordaan (Colorado)
+16…Abbi Fleiner (Nevada)
+17…Megan Ahmadi (California)

Girls 13-14
+5…Sarah Fouratt (California)
+6…Sophie Siminoff (California)
+7…Lydia Tsai (California)

// Chris Richards, USKG Senior Manager of Communications
@USKGRichards