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A lamo resident Ryan Grauman, a freshman at St. Mary's College, got to tee off with the pros in August at the annual Tour Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae. Grauman earned a place in the field via an annual JTNC qualifier at Poppy Ridge, where he was medalist with a score of 4-under 68. At the Ellie Mae, he shot 6-over 146 (despite a second round 3- under 67) to miss the cut but still finished higher than Warriors star Steph Curry. NCGA.ORG | FALL 2018 73 Girls ' Player of the Year C oncord resident Yealimi Noh was already in the mix for Player of the Year honors. What could be called the Summer of Yealimi only clinched it. Noh, 17, caught fire late in the season, winning both the California Junior Girls' State Championship and the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at Poppy Hills—along with just about everything else—to earn her first Girls' Player of the Year title with a total of 2,600 points. Finishing in second place was Mika Jin of Fremont at 2,303. Danielle Suh of San Ramon was third at 2,058, while record four- time Player of the Year Sabrina Iqbal (who's now playing at Texas Christian University) was fourth at 2,046. "It means a lot to finally get Player of the Year," Noh said. "I've come in second many times so it feels great. I've lost count of how many JTNC events I've played. They've really improved my game and helped get me to where I am today." Other wins for Noh, who's home-schooled and is eyeing turning pro in late 2019, came at the Fall Series IV, Fall Series VII and Summer Series I championships. She also picked up points for her victory at the PGA Girls Junior, where she set the championship record with a 72-hole score of 24-under 264. Still eligible for another season on the Junior Tour, Noh's wins moved her to second place on the all-time JTNC Girls' NorCal majors win list. She's now at 19 wins, having passed former standout Casie Cathrea. Iqbal is the all-time leader with 29 victories. Seen and Heard J TNC alum Justin Suh, the only two-time Boys' Player of the Year (2013, 2015), represented the USA at the World Team Amateur Championships. Suh, now 21, is entering his senior season at USC…While Yealimi Noh won it all, three other JTNC members– Madelyn Gamble, Ashely Shim and Katherine Zhu–made it to match play at the U.S. Girls' Junior. Over at the U.S Junior, Bryce Kvick made it to the brackets. Playing with the Pros

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