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NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2017 71 J U N I O R T O U R NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND A quartet of JTNC players – two boys and two girls – earned automatic spots into this year's Girls' and Boys' Junior PGA Championships via their finishes at the Summer Series II Championship. Champion Lucas Carper of San Jose, who shot 7- under 137 in the event at Poppy Ridge, and Palo Alto's Sergi Mata, who was second at 138, earned the Boys' spots. On the Girls' side, champion Belinda Hu of San Ramon, who shot 141, and runner-up Sabrina Iqbal (143) advanced. Iqbal, the reigning three-time JTNC Girls' Player of the Year, defeated Danielle Suh and Simar Singh in a playoff to grab the last spot. This year's Girls' Junior PGA Championship was held July 18-21 at The Country Club of St. Albans in Missouri. The Boys' Junior PGA Championship will tee off July 31-Aug. 3 at St. Albans. In addition, over a dozen JTNC members, including George McNeely, Noah Woolsey, Lucy Li and Yealimi Noh, qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur Champi- onship or U.S. Girls' Junior Championship. PLAYERS' SPOTLIGHT L ucas Carper (right): Still only a junior at Leland High in San Jose, Carper tacked on two more wins at the Spring Series V and Summer Series II Championships. The win at the Summer Series II was his third of the season, tying a JTNC record held by five others. Belinda Hu (right): Headed to Harvard this fall, Hu broke through with a pair of wins at the Spring Series I and Summer Series II Champi- onships. Prior to the victories, she had posted six top-5 finishes. PLAYING WITH THE PROS W orld No.2 amateur and for- mer Stanford star Maverick McNealy isn't the only member of the McNealy clan who can deliver in the clutch. Maverick's younger brother, Colt (above), of Portola Valley, recently earned a spot in the field of this year's Web.com Tour Ellie Mae Classic. His score of 1-under 70 was the low round of the day in an 18-hole Junior Tour of Northern California qualifier held on the TPC Stonebrae course in Hayward. Colt, who'll be a freshman at Stanford this fall, edged three players, including defending JTNC Player of the Year Thomas Hutchison, for the lone spot. Former JTNC Player of the Year Josh McCarthy, who played in last year's Ellie Mae Classic after advancing through the qualifier, presented Colt with the qualifying winner's plaque. "I can't put into words how excited I am to play. We all really appreciate the Ellie Mae Classic giving back to the game by doing things like this," Colt said. This year's Ellie Mae Classic will be held July 31- August 6 on the TPC Stonebrae course. JTNC ALUMNI WATCH F ormer JTNC member Finigan Tilly, who finished ninth in last season's Boys' Player of the Year standings, was named Cal's Newcomer of the Year. Tilly joined the Bears as a true freshman in Janu- ary and played in four events including each of the final three. He was Cal's top finisher at the Western Intercollegiate with a career-best T-30 showing. Whether it's playing for a national championship or teeing off with the pros, the JTNC is having a summer to remember. Junior Tour of Northern California Players Making Their Presence Felt

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