Results from the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley

By Ajga StaffMay 7, 2010, 7:27 pm
Boys Division
Rank
Name
Class
Hometown
Score
T
1 Andrew Rudy
2013
San Diego, Calif. 78-69--147
 
1 Bobby Gojuangco
2012
San Diego, Calif. 74-73--147
 
1 Zane Thomas
2012
Las Vegas, Nev. 72-75--147
T
4 Justin Pagila
2013
Dublin, Calif. 77-71--148
 
4 Brett Silvernail
2010
Ventura, Calif. 76-72--148
 
6 Kyle Perettine
2011
Boca Raton, Fla. 71-79--150
T
7 Will Scarlett
2011
Woodland, Calif. 76-75--151
 
7 Michael Timpson
2010
Montrose, Calif. 76-75--151
 
7 Tyler Little
2011
Corona, Calif. 77-74--151
 
10 Ricky DeSantis
2013
Carlsbad, Calif. 74-78--152
T
11 Kameron Kubis
2011
San Diego, Calif. 77-76--153
 
11 Corey Shaun
2014
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 75-78--153
T
13 Kyle Nakazaki
2010
Manhattan Beach, Calif. 73-81--154
 
13 Colin McCarty
2011
Sierra Vista, Ariz. 77-77--154
 
13 Blake Meek
2013
Pasadena, Calif. 80-74--154
T
16 Jeremy Musgrove
2011
Ventura, Calif. 80-75--155
 
16 John Louie
2011
Salinas, Calif. 81-74--155
 
16 Sammy Cole
2011
Aliso Viejo, Calif. 82-73--155
T
19 Bobby Holden
2011
Simi Valley, Calif. 79-77--156
 
19 Preston Wtulich
2011
Rancho Murieta, Calif. 77-79--156
 
19 Sean Gill
2012
Vancouver, British Columbia 77-79--156
 
19 Jack McGuinness
2011
Vancouver, British Columbia 76-80--156
 
19 Sean Hickey
2012
Carlsbad, Calif. 80-76--156
 
19 Matthew Briggs
2013
Novato, Calif. 77-79--156
T
25 Christopher Chu
2013
Fullerton, Calif. 79-78--157
 
25 Mark Gravbrot
2011
Yakima, Wash. 81-76--157
 
25 Justin Choi
2011
Torrance, Calif. 79-78--157
 
25 Harold Buchanan
2012
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 78-79--157
 
25 Eric Cross
2012
Riverside, Calif. 81-76--157
T
30 Andrew Sirowy
2011
Antioch, Calif. 80-78--158
 
30 Andrew Whalen
2012
Ephrata, Wash. 74-84--158
 
30 Taylor Knoll
2011
El Dorado Hills, Calif. 77-81--158
 
33 Ryan Rhee
2016
Fullerton, Calif. 82-77--159
T
34 Chris Ramirez
2010
Northridge, Calif. 82-78--160
 
34 Shohei Yamawaki
2013
Encinitas, Calif. 86-74--160
 
34 Anthony Estes
2011
San Pedro, Calif. 84-76--160
 
34 Josh Iverson
2012
Lakewood, Calif. 83-77--160
 
34 Kevin Weber
2011
Coto De Caza, Calif. 81-79--160
T
39 Danny Angelucci
2011
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 80-81--161
 
39 Kyle Blatchford
2011
Valenica, Calif. 84-77--161
 
39 Michael Bonicatto
2011
Yorba Linda, Calif. 83-78--161
 
39 Joey Pickels
2012
Yuma, Ariz. 76-85--161
 
39 Austin Solis
2011
Glendora, Calif. 79-82--161
T
44 Mason Atkins
2011
Newbury Park, Calif. 77-85--162
 
44 Andrew Paulson
2011
Sandy, Utah 83-79--162
 
44 Marcus Potter
2012
Tualatin, Ore. 79-83--162
T
47 Richard Kim
2010
Beverly Hills, Calif. 84-79--163
 
47 Tyler Smith
2012
Yorba Linda, Calif. 85-78--163
 
47 Jordan Baroody
2011
Davis, Calif. 84-79--163
 
47 Michael Stone
2012
Rolling Hills, Calif. 80-83--163
 
47 Andrew Pak
2012
Fullerton, Calif. 78-85--163
 
52 Roy Cootes
2015
Rolling Hills, Calif. 84-80--164
T
53 Cole Young
2012
Carlsbad, Calif. 85-80--165
 
53 Eric Taylor
2011
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 78-87--165
 
55 Joseph Ko
2013
Studio City, Calif. 82-84--166
T
56 Royce Ryu
2012
Beverly Hills, Calif. 82-85--167
 
56 Eli Rogers
2012
Hamilton, Mont. 83-84--167
 
58 Aaron Whalen
2015
Ephrata, Wash. 90-78--168
T
59 Kenny Duford
2011
Kingman, Ariz. 78-91--169
 
59 Brandon Harris
2011
Fontana, Calif. 89-80--169
 
61 Bryce Haynes
2012
Camarillo, Calif. 86-84--170
 
62 Matthew Imbrogno
2011
Westlake Village , Calif. 86-86--172
 
63 Rusty Furth
2012
Bainbridge Island, Wash. 84-91--175
 
64 A.J. McCartney
2012
Coto de Caza, Calif. 86-90--176
 
65 Adrian Chia
2013
La Crescenta, Calif. 87-91--178
 
66 Ahmed ELTamami
2012
Irvine, Calif. 86-93--179
 
67 Gene Park
2010
South Pasadena, Calif. 89-94--183
 
68 Samuel Kim
2012
Los Angeles, Calif. 107-90--197
 
69 Curtis Wang
2014
Torrance, Calif. 107-96--203
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Derek Patao
2011
La Canada, Calif.
-DQ 6-6b
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Carson Torchia
2011
San Diego, Calif.
80-JWD
  
     
Girls Division
Rank
Name
Class
Hometown
Score
 
1 Lilia Vu
2015
Fountain Valley, Calif. 76-70--146
 
2 Raegan Bremer
2012
Anaheim Hills, Calif. 73-77--150
 
3 Alexia Gariepy
2016
Murrieta, Calif. 73-81--154
 
4 Mareon Smit
2012
Santa Maria, Calif. 77-78--155
 
5 Brittani Ferraro
2011
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. 80-76--156
 
6 Sara Scarlett
2013
Woodland, Calif. 79-78--157
 
7 Carolane Gariepy
2013
Murrieta, Calif. 77-81--158
 
8 Grace Park
2014
Cupertino, Calif. 81-79--160
 
9 Erin Choi
2014
Torrance, Calif. 81-82--163
 
10 Tess Jennings
2012
Portland, Ore. 81-83--164
 
11 Maggie Yang
2011
Chino, Calif. 81-84--165
 
12 Ravipa Losakul
2012
Burbank, Calif. 87-82--169
 
13 Katherine Pimpanit
2012
Corona, Calif. 80-91--171
T
14 Kelsey Kawaguchi
2014
Los Altos, Calif. 87-85--172
 
14 Rachel Lewis
2012
Gig Harbor, Wash. 83-89--172
T
16 Malia Valder
2013
Yorba Linda, Calif. 84-90--174
 
16 Stephanie Bush
2012
Porter Ranch, Calif. 90-84--174
 
18 Nicolette Bondura
2011
El Dorado Hills, Calif. 87-88--175
 
19 Emily Podlesny
2010
Green River, Wyo. 83-95--178
 
20 Morgan Salm
2012
Lompoc, Calif. 88-91--179
 
21 Jacqueline Cootes
2012
Rolling Hills, Calif. 91-89--180
 
22 Sophia Brahos
2014
South Pasadena, Calif. 98-94--192
 
23 Jacqueline Wang
2016
Torrance, Calif. 110-107--217
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Taylor Shweiki
2012
Fresno, Calif.
99-WJ
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McIlroy gets back on track

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 21, 2018, 3:10 pm

There’s only one way to view Rory McIlroy’s performance at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship:

He is well ahead of schedule.

Sure, McIlroy is probably disappointed that he couldn’t chase down Ross Fisher (and then Tommy Fleetwood) on the final day at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. But against a recent backdrop of injuries and apathy, his tie for third was a resounding success. He reasserted himself, quickly, and emerged 100 percent healthy.

“Overall, I’m happy,” he said after finishing at 18-under 270, four back of Fleetwood. “I saw some really, really positive signs. My attitude, patience and comfort level were really good all week.”

To fully appreciate McIlroy’s auspicious 2018 debut, consider his state of disarray just four months ago. He was newly married. Nursing a rib injury. Breaking in new equipment. Testing another caddie. His only constant was change. “Mentally, I wasn’t in a great place,” he said, “and that was because of where I was physically.”

And so he hit the reset button, taking the longest sabbatical of his career, a three-and-a-half-month break that was as much psychological as physical. He healed his body and met with a dietician, packing five pounds of muscle onto his already cut frame. He dialed in his TaylorMade equipment, shoring up a putting stroke and wedge game that was shockingly poor for a player of his caliber. Perhaps most importantly, he cleared his cluttered mind, cruising around Italy with wife Erica in a 1950s Mercedes convertible.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


After an intense buildup to his season debut, McIlroy was curious about the true state of his game, about how he’d stack up when he finally put a scorecard in his hand. It didn’t take him long to find out. 

Playing the first two rounds alongside Dustin Johnson – the undisputed world No. 1 who was fresh off a blowout victory at Kapalua – McIlroy beat him by a shot. Despite a 103-day competitive layoff, he played bogey-free for 52 holes. And he put himself in position to win, trailing by one heading into the final round. Though Fleetwood blew away the field with a back-nine 30 to defend his title, McIlroy collected his eighth top-5 in his last nine appearances in Abu Dhabi.

“I know it’s only three months,” he said, “but things change, and I felt like maybe I needed a couple of weeks to get back into the thought process that you need to get into for competitive golf. I got into that pretty quickly this week, so that was the most pleasing thing.”

The sense of relief afterward was palpable. McIlroy is entering his 11th full year as a pro, and deep down he likely realizes 2018 is shaping up as his most important yet.

The former Boy Wonder is all grown up, and his main challengers now are a freakish athlete (DJ) and a trio of players under 25 (Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm) who don’t lack for motivation or confidence. The landscape has changed significantly since McIlroy’s last major victory, in August 2014, and the only way he’ll be able to return to world No. 1 is to produce a sustained period of exceptional golf, like the rest of the game’s elite. (Based on average points, McIlroy, now ranked 11th, is closer to the bottom of the rankings, No. 1928, than to Johnson.)

But after years of near-constant turmoil, McIlroy, 28, finally seems ready to pursue that goal again. He is planning the heaviest workload of his career – as many as 30 events, including seven more starts before the Masters – and appears refreshed and reenergized, perhaps because this year, for the first time in a while, he is playing without distractions.

Not his relationships or his health. Not his equipment or his caddie or his off-course dealings.

Everything in his life is lined up.

Drama tends to follow one of the sport’s most captivating characters, but for now he can just play golf – lots and lots of golf. How liberating.

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Crocker among quartet of Open qualifiers in Singapore

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 2:20 pm

Former amateur standout Sean Crocker was among four players who qualified for the 147th Open via top-12 finishes this week at the Asian Tour's SMBC Singapore Open as part of the Open Qualifying Series.

Crocker had a strong college career at USC before turning pro late last year. The 21-year-old received an invitation into this event shortly thereafter, and he made the most of his appearance with a T-6 finish to net his first career major championship berth.

There were four spots available to those not otherwise exempt among the top 12 in Singapore, but winner Sergio Garcia and runners-up Shaun Norris and Satoshi Kodaira had already booked their tickets for Carnoustie. That meant that Thailand's Danthai Boonma and Jazz Janewattanond both qualified thanks to T-4 finishes.


Full-field scores from the Singapore Open


Crocker nabbed the third available qualifying spot, while the final berth went to Australia's Lucas Herbert. Herbert entered the week ranked No. 274 in the world and was the highest-ranked of the three otherwise unqualified players who ended the week in a tie for eighth.

The next event in the Open Qualifying Series will be in Japan at the Mizuno Open in May, when four more spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs. The 147th Open will be held July 19-22 in Carnoustie, Scotland.

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Got a second? Fisher a bridesmaid again

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

Ross Fisher is in the midst of a career resurgence - he just doesn't have the hardware to prove it.

Fisher entered the final round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship with a share of the lead, and as he made the turn he appeared in position to claim his first European Tour victory since March 2014. But he slowed just as Tommy Fleetwood caught fire, and when the final putt fell Fisher ended up alone in second place, two shots behind his fellow Englishman.

It continues a promising trend for Fisher, who at age 37 now has 14 career runner-up finishes and three in his last six starts dating back to October. He was edged by Tyrrell Hatton both at the Italian Open and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the fall, and now has amassed nine worldwide top-10 finishes since March.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


Fisher took a big step toward ending his winless drought with an eagle on the par-5 second followed by a pair of birdies, and he stood five shots clear of Fleetwood with only nine holes to go. But while Fleetwood played Nos. 10-15 in 4 under, Fisher played the same stretch in 2 over and was unable to eagle the closing hole to force a playoff.

While Fisher remains in search of an elusive trophy, his world ranking has benefited from his recent play. The veteran was ranked outside the top 100 in the world as recently as September 2016, but his Abu Dhabi runner-up result is expected to move him inside the top 30 when the new rankings are published.

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McIlroy (T-3) notches another Abu Dhabi close call

By Will GrayJanuary 21, 2018, 1:08 pm

Rory McIlroy's trend of doing everything but hoist the trophy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship is alive and well.

Making his first start since early October, McIlroy showed few signs of rust en route to a tie for third. Amid gusty winds, he closed with a 2-under 70 to finish the week at 18 under, four shots behind Tommy Fleetwood who rallied to win this event for the second consecutive year.

The result continues a remarkable trend for the Ulsterman, who has now finished third or better seven of the last eight years in Abu Dhabi - all while never winning the tournament. That stretch includes four runner-up finishes and now two straight T-3 results.


Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


McIlroy is entering off a disappointing 2017 in which he was injured in his first start and missed two chunks of time while trying to regain his health. He has laid out an ambitious early-season schedule, one that will include a trip to Dubai next week and eight worldwide tournament starts before he heads to the Masters.

McIlroy started the final round one shot off the lead, and he remained in contention after two birdies over his first four holes. But a bogey on No. 6 slowed his momentum, and McIlroy wasn't able to make a back-nine birdie until the closing hole, at which point the title was out of reach.