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.
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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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Stunner: Inbee Park steps aside for Int. Crown

By Randall MellJuly 17, 2018, 4:00 pm

There was a big surprise this week when the LPGA announced the finalized lineups for the UL International Crown.

Rolex world No. 1 Inbee Park won’t be teeing it up for the host South Koreans Oct. 4-7 in Incheon.

She has withdrawn, saying she wanted another Korean to be able to experience the thrill of representing her country.

It’s a stunner given the importance the LPGA has placed on taking the UL International Crown to South Korea and its golf-crazy allegiance to the women’s game in the Crown’s first staging outside the United States.

Two-time major champion In Gee Chun will replace Park.

"It was my pleasure and honor to participate in the first UL International Crown in 2014 and at the 2016 Olympics, and I cannot describe in one word how amazing the atmosphere was to compete as a representative of my country,” Park said. “There are so many gifted and talented players in Korea, and I thought it would be great if one of the other players was given the chance to experience the 2018 UL International Crown.”

Chun, another immensely popular player in South Korea, was the third alternate, so to speak, with the world rankings used to field teams. Hye Jin Choi and Jin Young Ko were higher ranked than Chun but passed because of commitments made to competing in a Korean LPGA major that week. The other South Koreans who previously qualified are So Yeon Ryu, Sung Hyun Park and I.K. Kim.

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Na: I can admit, 'I went through the yips'

By Rex HoggardJuly 17, 2018, 3:35 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Following his victory two weeks ago at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Kevin Na said his second triumph on the PGA Tour was the most rewarding of his career.

Although he declined to go into details as to why the victory was so gratifying at The Greenbrier, as he completed his practice round on Tuesday at the Open Championship, Na shed some light on how difficult the last few years have been.

“I went through the yips. The whole world saw that. I told people, 'I can’t take the club back,'” Na said on Tuesday at Carnoustie. “People talked about it, 'He’s a slow player. Look at his routine.' I was admitting to the yips. I didn’t use the word ‘yip’ at the time. Nobody wants to use that word, but I’m over it now so I can use it. The whole world saw it.”


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Na, who made headlines for his struggles to begin his backswing when he found himself in the lead at the 2012 Players Championship, said he asked other players who had gone through similar bouts with the game’s most dreaded ailment how they were able to get through it.

“It took time,” he said. “I forced myself a lot. I tried breathing. I tried a trigger. Some guys will have a forward press or the kick of the right knee. That was hard and the crap I got for it was not easy.”

The payoff, however, has steadily arrived this season. Na said he’d been confident with his game this season following a runner-up showing at the Genesis Open and a fourth-place finish at the Fort Worth Invitational, and he felt he was close to a breakthrough. But being able to finish a tournament like he did at The Greenbrier, where he won by five strokes, was particularly rewarding.

“All good now,” he smiled. “I knew I was good enough to win again, but until you do it sometimes you question yourself. It’s just the honest truth.”

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Koepka still has chip on his chiseled shoulder

By Ryan LavnerJuly 17, 2018, 3:06 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brooks Koepka prepared more for this Open than last year's.

He picked up his clubs three times.

That’s three more than last summer, when the only shots he hit between the summer Opens was during a commercial shoot for Michelob Ultra at TPC Sawgrass. He still tied for sixth at The Open a month later.

This time, Koepka kept his commitment to play the Travelers, then hit balls three times between the final round in Hartford and this past Sunday, when he first arrived here at Carnoustie.

Not that he was concerned, of course.

Koepka’s been playing golf for nearly 20 years. He wasn’t about to forget to how to swing a club after a few weeks off.

“It was pretty much the same thing,” he said Tuesday, during his pre-tournament news conference. “I shared it with one of my best friends, my family, and it was pretty much the same routine. It was fun. We enjoyed it. But I’m excited to get back inside the ropes and start playing again. I think you need to enjoy it any time you win and really embrace it and think about what you’ve done.”

At Shinnecock Hills, Koepka became the first player in nearly 30 years to repeat as U.S. Open champion – a major title that helped him shed his undeserved reputation as just another 20-something talent who relies solely on his awesome power. In fact, he takes immense pride in his improved short game and putting inside 8 feet.

“I can take advantage of long golf courses,” he said, “but I enjoy plotting my way around probably - more than the bombers’ golf courses - where you’ve got to think, be cautious sometimes, and fire at the center of the greens. You’ve got to be very disciplined, and that’s the kind of golf I enjoy.”

Which is why Koepka once again fancies his chances here on the type of links that helped launch his career.

Koepka was out of options domestically after he failed to reach the final stage of Q-School in 2012. So he packed his bags and headed overseas, going on a tear on the European Challenge Tour (Europe’s equivalent of the Web.com circuit) and earning four titles, including one here in Scotland. That experience was the most fun and beneficial part of his career, when he learned to win, be self-sufficient and play in different conditions.


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“There’s certain steps, and I embraced it,” Koepka said. “I think that’s where a lot of guys go wrong. You are where you are, and you have to make the best of it instead of just putting your head down and being like, 'Well, I should be on the PGA Tour.' Well, guess what? You’re not. So you’ve got to suck it up wherever you are, make the best of it, and keep plugging away and trying to win everything you can because, eventually, if you’re good enough, you will get out here.”

Koepka has proved that he’s plenty good enough, of course: He’s a combined 20 under in the majors since the beginning of 2017, the best of any player during that span. But he still searches long and hard for a chip to put on his chiseled shoulder.

In his presser after winning at Shinnecock, Koepka said that he sometimes feels disrespected and forgotten, at least compared to his more-ballyhooed peers. It didn’t necessarily bother him – he prefers to stay out of the spotlight anyway, eschewing a media tour after each of his Open titles – but it clearly tweaked him enough for him to admit it publicly.

That feeling didn’t subside after he went back to back at the Open, either. On U.S. Open Sunday, ESPN’s Instagram page didn’t showcase a victorious Koepka, but rather a video of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. dunking a basketball.

“He’s like 6-foot-2. He’s got hops – we all know that – and he’s got hands. So what’s impressive about that?” Koepka said. “But I always try to find something where I feel like I’m the underdog and put that little chip on my shoulder. Even if you’re No. 1, you’ve got to find a way to keep going and keep that little chip on.

“I think I’ve done a good job of that. I need to continue doing that, because once you’re satisfied, you’re only going to go downhill. You try to find something to get better and better, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Now 28, Koepka has a goal of how many majors he’d like to win before his career is over, but he wasn’t about to share it.

Still, he was adamant about one thing: “Right now I’m focused on winning. That’s the only thing I’ve got in my mind. Second place just isn’t good enough. I finished second a lot, and I’m just tired of it. Once you win, it kind of propels you. You have this mindset where you just want to keep winning. It breeds confidence, but you want to have that feeling of gratification: I finally did this. How cool is this?”

So cool that Koepka can’t wait to win another one.

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Despite results, Thomas loves links golf

By Jay CoffinJuly 17, 2018, 2:48 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Despite poor results in two previous Open Championships, Justin Thomas contends that he has what it takes to be a good links player. In fact, he believes that he is a good links player.

Two years ago at Royal Troon, Thomas shot 77 in the second round to tie for 53rd place. He was on the wrong side of the draw that week that essentially eliminated anyone from contention who played late Friday afternoon.

Last year at Royal Birkdale, Thomas made a quintuple-bogey 9 on the par-4 sixth hole in the second round and missed the cut by two shots.


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“I feel like I’ve played more than two Opens, but I haven’t had any success here,” Thomas said Tuesday at Carnoustie. “I feel like I am a good links player, although I don’t really have the results to show.”

Although he didn’t mention it as a reason for success this week, Thomas is a much different player now than he was two years ago, having ascended to the No. 1 position in the world for a few weeks and now resting comfortably in the second spot.

He also believes a high golf IQ, and the ability to shape different shots into and with the wind are something that will help him in The Open over the next 20 years.

“I truly enjoy the creativity,” Thomas said. “It presents a lot of different strategies, how you want to play it, if you want to be aggressive, if you want to be conservative, if you want to attack some holes, wait on certain winds, whatever it might be. It definitely causes you to think.

“With it being as firm as it is, it definitely adds a whole other variable to it.”