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E than Chung had one goal in mind all season – win Player of the Year honors. The 16-year-old did it in dramatic fashion, showing off his determination along the way. Entering the season-ending Tour Championship, Chung needed at least a Top-10 finish to pass Alamo's Ryan Grauman in the standings. To make things more intriguing, Chung, who formerly lived in Cupertino, had since moved to Murrieta, about an hour north of San Diego. He made the trip to Poppy Hills for the championship, placing ninth. By virtue of his finish, he ended the season with 1,995 points, eclipsing Grauman by just two points in what was the closest Player of the Year race in JTNC history. Grauman took second at 1,993, with Saratoga's Caleb Shetler placing third at 1,448. "Winning Player of the Year was my goal the entire season," Chung said. "When I knew I still had a chance at it I wanted to come back and play." During the season, Chung had three wins (Fall Series VI, Fall Series VIII, Spring Series III championships) along with three runner-ups and a third place finish. His victory at the Fall Series VI was his first on the JTNC circuit. "Once I got that first win it was a sigh of relief," Chung said. "I was confident after that. Winning Player of the Year is such an honor." 72 FALL 2018 | NCGA.ORG Boys ' Player of the Year W ill the JTNC make it two in a row, or will the Southern California Junior Tour even up the series? We'll find out January 3–4, when the annual Challenge Cup returns to Poppy Hills GC. Now in its fourth year, the Cup features 12 members of the JTNC (eight boys, four girls) taking on 12 players from the SCJT in a Ryder Cup-like format. The JTNC leads the series, 2-1, after its win this year. Along with being a favorite of the players—the event is a rare chance to compete in match play and as a team—the Cup has become a hot spot for college coaches looking for the next big thing. "The Cup just keeps growing," JTNC Director Aaron Hartesveldt said. "We hope that it continues to evolve towards being one of the premier junior events on the West Coast." Challenge Cup J U N I O R T O U R U P D A T E

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