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NCGA.ORG | FALL 2017 65 Boys' Player of the Year S an Ramon's Ashkaan Hakim (pictured above) graduated from the JTNC in style. Headed to St. Mary's College this fall, Hakim wrapped up 2016–2017 Boys' Player of the Year honors when he finished T-3 at the season-ending Tour Championship. The 18-year-old former Monte Vista High standout finished the season with 1,984 points, edging runner-up Ryan Grauman of Alamo (1,823). Defending Boys' Player of the Year Thomas Hutchison (1,721) was also in the running despite missing some playing time due to an injury. "With this being my last eligible year, there was definitely extra motivation," Hakim said. "Winning Player of the Year has been a goal of mine ever since playing in the First Flight events at the age of 11. I take great pride in representing Northern California golf as best I can." In nine JTNC starts, Hakim posted two victories (Fall Series VII, Spring Series VI) and seven top-5 finishes. He also won the Christmas Classic and finished t-3 at the NCGA Junior Championship. "I owe so much to the JTNC and the opportunities it has provided me," Hakim said. "I've gained so much experience playing against some of the best competition in the country. We're lucky to be able to play such well-run events at such nice courses." Girls' Player of the Year S an Jose's Sabrina Iqbal (pictured above) just keeps on breaking new ground. A 16-year-old senior at Pioneer High, Iqbal secured a record fourth straight and fourth overall Girls' Player of the Year title for the 2016–2017 season. The only other player to have won three Girls' Player of the Year crowns is former junior standout Casie Cathrea. "It has been an honor to win the Junior Tour Player of the Year for the fourth year in a row," Iqbal said. "I'm so glad that the JTNC has been part of my junior golf career and my success has helped me grow as a player. I can't wait to try and get my fifth consecutive title in my final year." Iqbal, who has already verbally committed to Texas Christian University, finished the season with 4,158 points. She racked up four JTNC victories during the season (Fall Series I, Fall Series III, Fall Series IV and Spring Series II) and also won the San Francisco City Women's Championship and NCGA Women's Amateur Championship. The next closest player was Concord's Yealimi Noh (3,392). Third place went to Mika Jin of Fremont at 1,864. Around the JTNC C arondelet High junior Yealimi Noh finished second at July's Girls Junior PGA Championship at the Country Club of St. Albans in Missouri…Quynn Duong, Sienna Lyford, Angela Bagasbas and Elizabeth Scholtes led team Northern California to second place at the annual Girls Junior Americas Cup … Sabrina Iqbal's winning total of 11-under par 133 at the Fall Series V Championship at Ridge Creek GC in Dinuba tied the JTNC record for lowest winning girls' score. Casie Cathrea shot 11-under par 133 in winning at Ridge Creek in 2012. Iqbal's second round 64 was the second lowest 18-hole score in JTNC history. Cathrea had a 63 at Ridge Creek. Challenge Cup W ho's going to take the lead in the Cup series? On Jan. 3 – 4, the third annual Challenge Cup will return to Poppy Hills GC. Featuring 12 members (eight boys, four girls) of the CIG-sponsored Junior Tour of Northern California taking on 12 players from the Southern California Junior Tour in a Ryder Cup-like format, last year the North evened the series at 1-1. But there's much more to the Cup than just the rivalry. At last year's Cup, the players raved about the event for a number of reasons including the camaraderie and format, which gives them a rare opportunity to compete not only as a team but also in match play. The Cup has also become a scouting hot spot for coaches from collegiate programs such as UCLA, University of Oregon, Cal, Stanford and New Mexico State. "We hope that through continued growth, the Cup becomes one of the premier junior team events on the West Coast," said JTNC Director Aaron Hartesveldt. So far, it certainly appears headed that way. Hakim, Iqbal 2016–2017 Players of the Year J U N I O R T O U R Challenge Cup The Junior Tour of Northern California is sponsored by Capital Insurance Group.

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