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Spring 2019

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As of March, the Modesto native was ranked as the fifth best player on the planet. There's also current University of Southern Cali- fornia senior Justin Suh. The only male to ever win two Player of the Year titles (2013, 2015), Suh entered spring as the No.1 ranked amateur in the world. On the female side, there's Yealimi Noh, the 2018 U.S. Girls' Junior champion. Noh (top, page 78), a native of Concord, is now looking to make a splash on the big stage after having recently turned professional. That JTNC funnel of talent hasn't gone unnoticed by college coaches on the lookout for players to boost their programs. Among those tapping the tour regularly for recruits are St. Mary's men's head coach Scott Hardy and UC Davis men's coach Cy Williams. "I've got the JTNC website bookmarked," Williams said. "Now, when I recruit, if a kid sends in a JTNC result I check the whole field. The tour has picked up in strength the last few years." For juniors in Northern California, the JTNC is the place to be. NCGA.ORG | SPRING 2019 79 J U N I O R T O U R T wo events looming on the JTNC calendar will carry some significant extra weight. For starters, the Summer Series II Championship (June 12- 13 at Poppy Ridge GC) will also be a qualifier for this year's PGA Junior Championship. The Boys' and Girls' overall champs at the Summer Series II will receive automatic spots into the PGA Junior, set for July 9-12 (Girls') and July 30-Aug.2 (Boys') at Keney Park GC in Connecticut. Also, a JTNC Boys' player will again get the chance to play with the pros at the annual Web.com Tour Ellie Mae Classic at TPC Stonebrae (July 29-Aug.4) in Hayward. On June 27, a field of 72 players will compete in an 18-hole qualifier at Poppy Ridge GC with the medalist earning a spot in the Classic. Last year, Ryan Grauman, who now plays at St. Mary's College, advanced after carding a 4-under 68. Golden Tickets T his year's NCGA Junior Championship (July 8-9) is one that juniors won't want to miss. In what is a perfect match, the prestige and tradition of the Junior Championship will intertwine with the grandeur of a Dr. Alister MacKenzie- designed course. The host venue, Green Hills CC in Millbrae, has previously held U.S Open and U.S. Senior Open qualifiers. As per the history and tradition of the Junior, past winners include Ken Venturi (1949), Johnny Miller (1963), Bobby Clampett (1976) and Dorothy Delasin (1998), who went on to win four times on the LPGA Tour. Mark Your Calendars 90th NCGA Junior Set for MacKenzie Course MICHAEL LANDRY

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