Asterisk Talley of Chowchilla claimed her 17 victory on the Junior Tour of Northern California when she captured the Girls Division in the JTNC Spring Series IV Championship by seven strokes over Gianna Singh of Elk Grove at Rancho Solano and Paradise Valley Golf Course in Pebble Beach.
The 14-year-old Talley, who was named the 2016 World Golf Player of the Year among 7-year-olds, posted a score of 65-71—136, eight-under-par, closing with four straight birdies on the front nine in the opening round and building on her lead with three birdies on the front nine in the second round.
Talley’s 65 was the lowest Girls JTNC score in six years and she became the third greatest winner in organization history, and incredibly she has won more than 100 times at all levels since she started playing golf at the age of 3.
“She started doing it just to be with her dad,” Asterisk’s grandmother, Linda Doumas said. “Because her dad worked nights, he’d pick her up from daycare when he got off work at about 3 p.m., and they’d just go out and mess around, and that’s how she got started. She does something every day with her dad.”
Said Talley of playing golf with her father: “We practice a lot. We play a couple of holes on it … almost every day.”
Talley won 12 of the 13 events she played in 2019.
Singh finished second at 72-71—143, while Emily Lou of Danville was third at 72-72—144, followed by Madalyn Lee of Santa Clara at 75-71—146, while Lily Peng of San Ramon shot 75-72—147 to tie for fifth with Cathy Zhang of San Ramon, who finished at 69-78—147, and Darla May Dela Torre of Fairfield, who wound up at 71-76—147.
Amelia Garibaldi of Stockton was eighth at 75-73—148, followed by Lexi Lowe of San Jose at 72-77—149, while Janna Andaya of Santa Clara totaled 78-72—150 to tie for 10th with Sydney Silva of Castro Valley, who finished at 75-75—150, and Joyce Zhang of Milpitas, who came in at 73-77—150.
Mario Stump of Benicia claimed his first JTNC title, winning the Boys Championship Division by posting a score of 72-68—140 and beating Ben Friedman, who finished at 70-70—140, in a playoff.
Clark van Gaalen of Turlock totaled 76-66—142 to tie for third with Garrett Harrison of Granite Bay, who also wound up at 76-66—142, while Isdeep Sodhi of Folsom shot 74-70—144 to tie for fifth with Will Hoff of Windsor, who finished at 72-72—144.
Matthew Miyamoto of Sacramento carded a score of 75-70—145 to tie for seventh with Arnold He of Fremont, who wound up at 73-72—145, while Carson Limpus of Cypress shot 75-72—147 to tie for ninth with Alejandro Formosa of San Mateo, who came in at 73-74—147.
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