The First Toyota Tour Cup of the Season
by: Bryce Seiver
Posted: February 20, 2017
VENTURA...The Toyota Tour Cup made its first appearance on the 2017 tournament circuit, stopping in at the picturesque Olivas Links Golf Course, in Ventura.
Boys: 1st, Sixain (Tyler) Guo, 2nd, Owen Calvin-Smith, 3rd Kyle Kinnane
Girls: 1st Anna (Linyu) Dong, 2nd, Amari Avery, 3rd, Lauren Gomez
Play began on February 11th with 89 players making the journey North to compete for the first set of TTC trophies up for grabs. The weekend began soggy and sloppy after a previous storm system passed though, drenching the course. The SCPGA junior Tour Rules committee was on site and enacted “lift, clean & place,” due to the rough conditions.
The Girls division, consisting of a 32-player field, saw some exceptional competition during the first round despite the irregular conditions, with 58% of the field shooting in the 70’s. Leila Dizon of Los Angeles had a great first round, with three birdies for a one-under 71 to lead the pack after 18 holes. Going into the final round, conditions were improving, yet still very tough. Placing in 3rd was Lauren Gomez of San Diego, carding a two-day 76/73=149 total. Amari Avery of Riverside had slight trouble early adapting to the sloppy course conditions, carding a round one 76. Avery was not deterred, toughing out an impressive round two 71 en-route to a second place finish. Lastly, Anna Dong of Cerritos finished on top of the pack with a 75/70=145. Dong carded 5 birdies over two rounds also finishing the second round with a 2 under 70. Congrats to our Girls division champs!
The Boys division was also extremely competitive over both rounds. 57 players were in attendance to battle for the first TTC title of 2017. Notable round one scores included a 65 by Kyle Kinnane of Anaheim Hills and a 68 by Kento Yamawaki of Encinitas. With most of the pack within several strokes of each other at the top, an impressive round two score was necessary to clinch the title. Following up the outstanding round one score of 65, Kyle Kinnane shot a steady 73 to place in third for the event. Owen Calvin-Smith of South Pasadena was also in the zone round two, firing a 68 en-route to his second place finish. The first TTC boys champion of the year was Tyler Guo of Irvine, posting consistent 71/66=137. Photo:PGASC
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