Golf News for Monday, July 14, 2008 | Tournaments

Patrick Grimes victorious at Trader Joe’s Junior Championship

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Patrick Grimes of Palo Alto, Calif., and Tessa The of Los Altos, Calif., both came from behind to win the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship at their home course, Castlewood Country Club Thursday. Grimes shot a final-round 4-under-par 67 to come from seven-strokes back to win in a one-hole sudden death playoff following regulation. The carded a 2-under-par 69 for her final round to come from five-strokes back.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship was played at the Castlewood Country Club - Hill Course. The tournament field consisted of 98 players, 71 boys and 27 girls from nine states, Indonesia and Canada. The Boys Division was played at 6,212 yards and the Girls Division at 5,744 yards.

Grimes found that it was fewer mistakes that allowed him to climb to the top of the leaderboard Thursday.

“I didn’t make many mistakes today,” Grimes said. “I made some putts for birdies and then my chip-in birdie on No. 17 is really what made it for me today.”

Winning at home was the definite highlight of the week for Grimes.

“It’s fun to win at home,” he said. “I knew there were lots of people pulling for me here and with it being my first open event win, it just makes it that much more special.”

Taking second after the sudden-death playoff was Matt Crawford of Redwood City, Calif., also at 5-under-par 208. Third at 3-under-par 210 was Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, Calif. Fourth went to another local, Jonny Baxter of Pleasanton, Calif., at 2-under-par 211. In a tie for fifth were Dennis Carson of Burlingame, Calif., and Nicholas Schafer of Rocklin, Calif., at even-par 213.

The opened her final-round 2-under-par 69, with a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine after birdies on Nos. 2, 5, and 6. She said it was difficult to think of the event as a real tournament and not just another day on her home course.

“When I started the tournament I wasn’t as focused as I normally am in a tournament,” The said. “When I came out today I was focused on shooting a good score and not just playing another round at Castlewood.”

The also used motivation from a friend to stay steady throughout the back nine.

“My friend came to watch me after his round was done,” she said. “When he told me he shot 70, I wanted to beat him, so I had to stay where I was.”

The finished the tournament at 4-over-par 217. Finishing the tight race in the Girls Division at 5-over-par 218 was Bonnie Hu of Fremont, Calif., in second. Third was Alexandra Groetsema of Palo Alto, Calif., another stroke back at 6-over-par 219.

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.

The largest Association of its kind, the AJGA has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of more than 5,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 25 foreign countries.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex Watch USA, which is in its third decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Polo Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. More than 160 former AJGA juniors currently play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have compiled more than 300 wins. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, Stewart Cink, Davis Love III, Cristie Kerr, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Julieta Granada.

For more information about the Trader Joe’s Junior Championship please contact AJGA National Headquarters at 770-868-4200 or visit the AJGA Web site at ajga.org.

PLEASANTON, Calif. -- Final results from the Trader Joe's Junior Championship conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at

Castlewood Country Club. Par: Boys: 36-35—71; Girls: 36-35—71. Yardage: Boys: 6,212; Girls: 5,744. Rating/Slope: Boys: 71.4/125; Girls: 73.3/128.

BOYS DIVISION
* Patrick Grimes, Palo Alto, Calif. 73-68-67—208
Matt Crawford, Redwood City, Calif. 68-68-72—208
Jonathan Garrick, Atherton, Calif. 70-72-68—210
Jonny Baxter, Pleasanton, Calif. 70-68-73—211
Dennis Carson, Burlingame, Calif. 67-67-79—213
Nicholas Schafer, Rocklin, Calif. 76-68-69—213
Jack Perry, Santa Barbara, Calif. 69-70-75—214
Jake Katz, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 71-69-74—214
Dalan Refioglu, Foster City, Calif. 69-74-71—214
Daniel McGrath, Danville, Calif. 73-71-71—215
Dashiell Lindsell, Burlingame, Calif. 71-70-74—215
Nicholas Sako , Menlo Park, Calif. 75-69-71—215
Matthew Ogden, Salinas, Calif. 71-72-72—215
Tyler Kato, Seattle, Wash. 74-71-71—216
Yuki Kato, Las Vegas, Nev. 76-69-72—217
David Rohrs, Los Altos, Calif. 69-74-74—217
Ryan Niu, Coto De Caza, Calif. 72-72-73—217
Matthew Hansen, Los Osos, Calif. 72-73-72—217
John Catlin, Carmichael, Calif. 73-74-71—218
Jeffrey Hsiao, San Diego, Calif. 69-78-71—218
Frank DeNoewer, Tustin, Calif. 76-71-71—218
Dane Petersen, El Dorado Hills, Calif. 72-74-72—218
Andrew Creaser, Woodland Hills, Calif. 73-75-70—218
Luke Vivolo, Carmel, Calif. 73-75-71—219
Daniel Covrig, Modesto, Calif. 71-71-77—219
Pace Johnson, Fresno, Calif. 76-74-69—219
Mathew Miller, Pleasanton, Calif. 74-69-76—219
Tim Honeycutt, Placerville, Calif. 71-73-75—219
James Hurst, Palmdale, Calif. 72-69-79—220
Michael Weaver, Fresno, Calif. 71-72-77—220
Mac McClung, Fremont, Calif. 73-70-77—220
Jake Pineo, Tracy, Calif. 74-73-74—221
Timothy Harkins, Alameda, Calif. 74-73-75—222
Sam Bell, Park City, Utah 77-76-69—222
Spencer Blodgett, Lafayette, Calif. 77-71-75—223
Phil Soo Kim, Tracy, Calif. 77-77-70—224
Jason Peters, Atascadero, Calif. 76-75-74—225
Walter Kaneshiro, Castro Valley, Calif. 77-74-74—225
Jacob Lynch, Victorville, Calif. 73-76-76—225
Benjamin Jackson, Menlo Park, Calif. 78-73-74—225
Brian O'Regan, Walnut Creek, Calif. 74-75-77—226
Allen Kwon, Rancho Santa Fe , Calif. 73-80-73—226
Ricky Lee, Tucson, Ariz. 73-75-79—227
Justin Gabbert, Pleasanton, Calif. 82-75-70—227
Peter Crawford, Redwood City, Calif. 75-73-79—227
Blake Peterson, Sandy, Utah 75-73-79—227
Kyle Wolfe, Pleasanton, Calif. 79-74-74—227
Seungrok Cheon, Indio, Calif. 76-77-74—227
Zachary Chyz, Las Vegas, Nev. 74-74-80—228
Stefan Richardson, Renton , Wash. 72-79-77—228
Cole Pickavance, Danville, Calif. 75-80-75—230
Jordan Sedlock, Danville, Calif. 74-80-76—230
Greg Garcia, Whittier, Calif. 73-78-82—233
Sean Kawaguchi, Los Altos, Calif. 77-79-78—234
Charles Windon, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. 81-75-78—234
Beau Zastrow, Lodi, Calif. 79-80-75—234
Kevin Santos, Thousand Oaks, Calif. 78-78-79—235
Jordan Swanson, Elk Grove, Calif. 78-80-77—235
Harrison Murk, Carmichael, Calif. 82-80-73—235
Nowell Ancheta, Quartz Hill, Calif. 77-78-81—236
Andrew Roberts, Carmichael, Calif. 82-74-81—237
Darren Saqui, Cerritos, Calif. 76-76-85—237
Yuya Kihara, Vancouver, British Columbia 73-82-83—238
James Donaldson, Berkeley, Calif. 83-82-74—239
Praditya Wirjawan, Jakarta, Indonesia 81-79-79—239
David Hulme, Pebble Beach, Calif. 77-82-80—239
Aaren Remus, Great Falls, Mont. 81-77-82—240
Ryan Knapp, Costa Mesa, Calif. 86-81-78—245
Tim Isenman, La Mirada, Calif. 86-88-77—251
Michael Gailey, Danville, Calif. 92-85-80—257
Andrew Walters, San Leandro , Calif. 80 JWD
Alexander Andruskevich, New York, N.Y. 72-79 JWD

GIRLS DIVISION
Tessa The, Los Altos, Calif. 76-72-69—217
Bonnie Hu, Fremont, Calif. 71-73-74—218
Alexandra Groetsema, Palo Alto, Calif. 73-70-76—219
Veronica Valerio, Temecula, Calif. 75-75-71—221
Emily Talley, Napa, Calif. 72-74-76—222
Mariko Tumangan, San Jose, Calif. 75-74-73—222
Grace Na, Oakland, Calif. 77-71-74—222
Kortnie Maxoutopoulis, Pleasanton, Calif. 79-72-75—226
Yueer Cindy Feng, Orlando, Fla. 79-74-74—227
Katrina Hegge, Seattle, Wash. 73-76-78—227
Tiffany Lim, San Jose, Calif. 73-77-77—227
Emily Childs, Alameda, Calif. 80-74-73—227
Jessica Vasilic, Anaheim Hills, Calif. 81-72-76—229
Haley Andreas, Pacific Grove, Calif. 80-79-71—230
Jordan Ontiveros, Alamo, Calif. 80-77-74—231
Olivia Chang, San Lorenzo, Calif. 75-79-79—233
Lauren Kim, Los Altos, Calif. 74-80-80—234
Alexandra Sborov, Pleasanton, Calif. 76-81-79—236
Tiffany Nichols, Castro Valley, Calif. 78-81-79—238
Kercia Brakel, Acampo, Calif. 87-79-75—241
Paige Spiranac, Monument, Colo. 83-81-78—242
Daniela Okino, Elk Grove, Calif. 83-79-82—244
Katie Park, La Crescenta, Calif. 86-83-75—244
Joi Pentin, Pleasanton, Calif. 83-80-83—246
Tina Soyon Kwon, Irvine, Calif. 88-79-79—246
Monica Umpant, Cerritos , Calif. 86-80-81—247
Becky Miller, Danville, Calif. 80-87-81—248

* Won Sudden-Death Playoff