New champs step up at junior golf tournament 

With last year’s champions unable to defend their titles, two new players were presented with championship trophies Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Park Golf Course in the 82nd annual San Francisco Junior Golf Tournament.

Andrew Bonner, 15, from Ripon High School, made some key putts on the back nine, earning him the boys’ overall championship in his first appearance at the tournament. While he started out the event shaky, he pulled through in the championship match, defeating Will Cross 2 up. Bonner topped Nate Le Blanc 6 and 4 in the semifinals.

“I played well for the most part,” Bonner said. “I should have made more putts throughout the championship round, but I started making some at the end and it just came through for me.”

Despite some early trouble, Bonner buried a par putt on the 17th hole, pushing him ahead for the first time in the championship round.

“I could have putted a lot better, but that made me feel really good. It was definitely a highlight,” Bonner said.

Bonner, who has been playing golf for about seven years, also won the club championship at his home course, Spring Creek Golf and Country Club in Ripon, last November.

Caroline Belmont, 15, improved from her runner-up finish in last year’s tournament to come out on top as the girls’ overall champion with a total score of 147 (73-74).

“The greens were bumpy, so my putting wasn’t great,” Belmont said. “I did have a good putt on No. 4 though, it was about 35 feet.”

Aside from some trouble putting, Belmont said she was hitting the ball well all day. One of her best moments during the championship round was on the 16th hole, a short par 4, where she drove the green from 242 yards out.

The junior at Monte Vista Christian — where she also rides horses competitively for the school’s show team — began playing golf about six years ago with a set of hand-me-down clubs.

“Neither of my parents play golf, which is weird,” Belmont said. “My friend outgrew a set of clubs and passed them on to me.”
While she has not thought too much about college, Belmont hopes to play Division I golf somewhere in California. She plans to return to the Junior Golf Tournament next year to defend her championship title.

Other boys’ winners were Nathan Winn (Hollister) in the 16-17 first flight, Dorian Patel (Oakland) in the 16-17 second flight, Ryan Maund (Pleasanton) in the 14-15 first flight, Jesse Atlas (Palo Alto) in the 14-15 second flight, Brandon Wu (Livermore) in the 12-13 flight, Thomas Hutchinson (San Jose) in the 10-11 flight and Rajvir Bedi (San Jose) in the 9-and-under division.
Girls’ winners were Carly Childs (Alameda) in the 15-17 flight, Amy Huang (Fremont) in the 12-14 flight, Jessica Luo (San Jose) in the 10-11 flight and Sabrina Iqbal (San Jose) in the 9-and-under division.

 

S. F. Junior Golf Tournament

 

At Lincoln Park GC

Match play

Boys

Championship flight

Semifinals

Andrew Bonner (Ripon) def. Nate Le Blanc (Windsor), 6 and 4

Will Cross (Walnut Creek) def. Jos. Furtado-Foster (Dublin), 2 up

Finals

Andrew Bonner def. Will Cross, 2 up

16-17 first flight

Nathan Winn (Hollister) def. Mason Welch (Sacramento), 3 and 2

16-17 second flight

Dorian Patel (Oakland) def. Tom Ebergen (San Francisco), 21 holes

14-15 first flight

Ryan Maund (Pleasanton) def. Sam Neithammer (Palo Alto) 6 and 5

14-15 second flight

Jesse Atlas (Palo Alto) def. Justin Wei (San Ramon), 2 and 1

 

Medal Play

Girls

Overall

Caroline Belmont (Freedom), 73-74-147

15-17

Carly Childs (Alameda), 74-76-150

Annie Bowlsby (Monterey), 84-75-159

12-14

Amy Huang (Fremont), 86-81-167

Meridith Hirsch (Fremont), 87-85-172

10-11

Jessica Luo (San Jose), 39-49-88

9 and under

Sabrina Iqbal (San Jose), 47-45-92

Boys

12-13

Brandon Wu (Livermore), 73-69-142

William Brueckner (Walnut Creek), 73-73-146

10-11

Thomas Hutchinson (San Jose), 35-37-72

9 and under

Rajvir Bedi (San Jose), 39-44-83

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