There was a lot of movement on the leaderboard for the final round of the FCWT Junior Golf Tournament Half Moon Bay 2017. It has been very wet in Northern California of late, but a big shout out to the golf course staff at Half Moon Bay for the incredible job they did getting the course ready.
Boys 12-14 Division
Justin Hopkins earned his first FCWT junior golf tournament win in the Boys 12-14 division. Justin put together two impressive rounds of 74-73 on the challenging Half Moon Bay course.
Ben Soicher, who won at Bayonet, finished in 2nd place this weekend.
Thirteen-year-old Wyatt McGovern finished in 3rd place. Justin led the Boys 12-14 division in birdies with 5 and in pars with 23 for the tournament.
Girls 15-19 Division
Charlotte Hillary of Cherry Hills Village, CO (2020) came from 2nd place to earn her first FCWT tournament win of the season. Fourteen-year-old Charlotte carded rounds of 76-75 to win by 4 shots. Miss Hillary finished tied for 5th earlier this month at the FCWT Junior Golf Tournament at PGA West. Last season she won at Sandpiper.
Stephanie Yu of Palo Alto (2018) and
Divya Tadimeti of Palo Alto (2019) tied for 2nd place at 155, 4 shots back of Miss Hillary. Sixteen-year-old Stephanie carded the only eagle in the girls division for this tournament. On Saturday she made a 2 on the par 4 12th hole. Divya led the girls division in birdies with 6 for the tournament. Simar Singh of Los Altos, CA (2018) finished in 4th place, 5 shots back of the lead. Miss Singh was one of three junior golfers to post 22 pars for the tournament.
A First for Fairbairn at the FCWT Junior Golf Tournament Half Moon Bay 2017
Grant Fairbairn of Orinda, CA (2017) has been having quite a senior season. Grant, who has played FCWT since he was a sophomore, finished tied for 3rd at Coyote Creek in November on a final round of 70. Then he finished T5 at PGA West with a final round of 71. Two weeks ago he finished 3rd at the FCWT Junior Golf Tournament at Bayonet.
On Sunday, all of his hard work paid off and Grant won his first FCWT Junior Golf Tournament Half Moon Bay 2017. Grant carded a final round of even par 72 on a course that was playing very tough and long because of the recent rains. He edged out Griffin Long, another player who has been frequently the top of the leaderboard this season, and Mitchell Abbott, who finished T5 at La Costa in October. Long won at Teal Bend in November and has two other Top 5s this season.
Vijay Srinivasan of Fremont (2017) and Nate Anderson of Paradise Valley, AZ (2019) finished tied for 4th at 149, 2 shots back of Fairbairn. Even Ramachandran of San Rafael, CA (2018) and Ryan Grumman of Alamo, CA (2018) finished tied for 6th place at 151. Four junior golfers finished 5 shots off the pace: Keaton Villette of Toronto (2017), Sebastian Iqbal of San Jose (2019), Sergi Mata of Palo Alto, CA (2018) and Cooper Hunt of Eldorado Hills, CA (2018).