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78 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG J U N I O R T O U R J TNC Director Aaron Hartesveldt was among those recognized at the 2018 Northern California PGA Special Awards ceremony on Dec. 2 at Silver Creek Valley CC in San Jose. Hartesveldt, who's been at the helm of the JTNC since 2015, was honored with the Player Development Award. "It's an honor to be recognized with this award and shows that we're doing the right things," said Hartesveldt, who received the Youth Player Development award from the NCPGA Monterey Bay Chapter in 2017. "The JTNC is seen by the outside golf community as a very high level of competition and the integrity of every event we run is a big reason why. At the end of the day, we give these young players an opportunity to hone their tournament skills. It's inspiring to see the kids succeed." JTNC Director Honored A fter being up north for two years, the Challenge Cup title is headed back to Southern California. The PGA Southern California Junior Tour reclaimed the Cup, defeating the JTNC, 14-10, in early January at Poppy Hills Golf Course. It marked the first title for SoCal since the inaugural Cup was held in 2016. The Series is now tied at two victories apiece. "It's really cool," said JTNC member Sam Sommerhauser despite the loss. "We don't get to play a lot of match play, plus the north-south rivalry is kind of fun." The Cup features 12 members (eight boys, four girls) of the CIG-sponsored JTNC taking on 12 players from the SCJT in a Ryder Cup-like format. A day after jumping out to a 7.5-4.5 lead in Fourball and Foursomes, the SCJT won Singles play as well, outscoring the JTNC, 6.5-5.5, for the victory. Posting wins in Singles for the JTNC were Sommerhauser (5 and 4), Caleb Shetler (2 and 1), Lucas Carper (3 and 1), Danielle Suh (default) and Mika Jin (7 and 6). "It's fun to play as a team. We don't normally get to do that," said the JTNC's Jacqueline Lucena. "Playing match play is always fun too." While the event has become a favorite of the players, it's also become a hot spot for college coaches looking for talent. Among the collegiate programs with representatives onsite at this year's event were University of Arizona, Pepperdine and Loyola-Marymount University. Challenge Cup PGA Southern Cal Junior Tour Wins to Tie Series Top Row: George McNeely, Lucas Carper, Connor Motherway, Caleb Shetler, Sebastian Iqbal, captain Aaron Hartesveldt. Bottom Row: Dylan McDermott, Sam Sommerhauser, Jackson Koivun, Jasmine Chen, Jacqueline Lucena, Mika Jin, assistant captain Haley Whitbeck, Danielle Suh.

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