TEE UP JUNIOR CHALLENGE
PRESENTED BY KAMEN RIDER DRAGON KNIGHT CUP

Oak Valley Golf Club
Beaumont, Calif. • July 26 - 29

Media Score BEAUMONT, Calif. -- First Round results from the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup conducted by the American Junior Golf Association at Oak Valley Golf Club.
Boys Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6995. Rating: 73.8. Slope: 140
Girls Par: 36-36--72. Yardage: 6089. Rating: 75.9. Slope: 136

Boys Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
T1 Tyler Torano
2010
Chula Vista, Calif. 33-34--67
1 Andrew Namkoong
2012
Villa Park, Calif. 32-35--67
3 Jonah Texeira
2014
Porter Ranch, Calif. 34-34--68
T4 Matt Pinizzotto
2011
Salinas, Calif. 34-35--69
4 Troix Tonkham
2012
Arleta, Calif. 34-35--69
4 Pete Fernandez Jr.
2010
Irvine, Calif. 32-37--69
4 Rak Cho
2011
Brea, Calif. 36-33--69
T8 Shuai Wu
2011
Cherry Valley, Calif. 34-36--70
8 Jae Kang
2011
Irvine, Calif. 36-34--70
8 Andrew Wong
2011
Deerfield Beach, Fla. 35-35--70
8 David Gazzolo
2011
Riverside, Calif. 34-36--70
T12 Jack Chung
2013
Buena Park, Calif. 37-34--71
12 Hayden Shieh
2014
Fremont, Calif. 35-36--71
12 Daniel Chian
2012
Covina, Calif. 36-35--71
12 Mark Hicks
2010
Bermuda Dunes, Calif. 36-35--71
T16 Joseph Choi
2011
Bakersfield, Calif. 35-37--72
16 Ryan Tetrault
2011
Orange, Calif. 37-35--72
16 John Lee
2012
Los Alamitos, Calif. 34-38--72
16 Thomas Lim
2013
Moorpark, Calif. 36-36--72
16 Bobby Holden
2011
Simi Valley, Calif. 34-38--72
T21 Kevin Allen
2011
San Clemente, Calif. 37-36--73
21 Thomas Baik
2012
Cordoba, Argentina 36-37--73
21 Nick Thomas
2011
Westlake Village, Calif. 35-38--73
21 Andrew Cho
2012
La Crescenta, Calif. 36-37--73
21 Trey Kaahanui
2012
Tempe, Ariz. 36-37--73
21 Jay Lim
2011
La Canada, Calif. 37-36--73
21 Ben Heisey
2011
Orange, Calif. 38-35--73
21 Michael Haeri
2011
Huntington Beach, Calif. 37-36--73
T29 Robert Ricci III
2011
Carlsbad, Calif. 38-36--74
29 Haoyuan Lu
2012
Bradenton, Fla. 35-39--74
29 Brett Wilson
2012
Mesa, Ariz. 39-35--74
29 Errek  McClellan
2011
Las Vegas, Nev. 36-38--74
29 Jonathan Lin
2012
Fremont, Calif. 38-36--74
29 Daniel Lee
2011
Valencia, Calif. 38-36--74
29 Kevin Lee
2011
Cerritos, Calif. 38-36--74
29 Ki Taek Lee
2013
La Quinta, Calif. 37-37--74
29 Kevin Lee
2011
Irvine, Calif. 37-37--74
29 Joseph Ahn
2012
Camarillo, Calif. 36-38--74
29 Sagar Shah
2012
Cerritos, Calif. 39-35--74
29 Tyler Little
2011
Corona, Calif. 38-36--74
T41 Sahith Theegala
2015
Chino Hills, Calif. 35-40--75
41 David Longmire
2011
Glendora, Calif. 37-38--75
41 Shinichi Mizuno
2012
Beaumont, Calif. 39-36--75
41 Kameron Kubis
2011
San Diego, Calif. 41-34--75
41 Grant Natori
2011
Honolulu, Hawaii 36-39--75
41 Joey Kron
2011
Coto de Caza, Calif. 37-38--75
41 David Kim
2012
Redondo Beach, Calif. 35-40--75
41 Christian De La Cruz
2014
San Antonio, Texas 36-39--75
41 Brandon  Hortt
2010
San Diego, Calif. 33-42--75
41 Robin Jang
2011
Los Angeles, Calif. 37-38--75
T51 Walker Huddy
2012
Studio City, Calif. 38-38--76
51 Jason Kuo
2012
Milpitas, Calif. 39-37--76
51 Alex Angard
2013
Encino, Calif. 39-37--76
51 Brett Silvernail
2010
Ventura, Calif. 39-37--76
51 Tyler Schwanz
2010
Oak Park, Calif. 39-37--76
51 Kyle  Demshki
2010
Calabasas, Calif. 40-36--76
51 Andong Pan
2011
Rowland Heights, Calif. 40-36--76
51 Macgregor Hoobery
2011
Santa Maria, Calif. 36-40--76
51 Jeremy Choi
2012
Bakersfield, Calif. 36-40--76
51 Ryan Burgess
2012
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 37-39--76
51 James Wallace
2012
Orange, Calif. 39-37--76
51 Eric Taylor
2011
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 38-38--76
51 Steven Lam
2012
Hong Kong, Hong Kong 39-37--76
51 Ryan Odom
2012
Corona, Calif. 38-38--76
T65 Jack Henneberry
2011
Bakersfield, Calif. 38-39--77
65 Mark Jensma
2011
Aliso Viejo, Calif. 39-38--77
65 Lawrence Fu
2012
Piedmont, Calif. 40-37--77
65 Brian K. Song
2012
Beverly Hills, Calif. 37-40--77
65 James Taylor
2010
Santa Ana, Calif. 37-40--77
65 Jonathan Lai
2013
(Hong Kong) Arcadia, Calif. 37-40--77
T71 Will Scarlett
2011
Woodland, Calif. 38-40--78
71 Bruno Azcue
2011
Mexico City, Mexico 37-41--78
71 Joseph Kim
2011
Irvine, Calif. 40-38--78
71 Brandon Molnar
2010
Calabasas, Calif. 42-36--78
71 Andrew Morgan
2012
Long Beach, Calif. 39-39--78
71 Owen Taylor
2011
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 37-41--78
71 Konstantin Lok tin Liu
2012
Beaumont, Calif. 42-36--78
71 Terrence Ng
2012
Beaumont, Calif. 39-39--78
T80 Michael Anderson
2011
Phoenix, Ariz. 41-38--79
80 Charlie Benell
2012
Pacific Palisades, Calif. 37-42--79
80 Peter Gullickson
2010
Spokane, Wash. 38-41--79
80 Jeremy Sanders
2010
Chatsworth, Calif. 39-40--79
T84 Jason Semthiti
2011
Los Angeles, Calif. 43-37--80
84 Andrew Massey
2010
Ramona, Calif. 40-40--80
84 Brian Alle
2011
Pacific Palisades, Calif. 37-43--80
84 Richard Sunghee Jeong
2012
Arcadia, Calif. 42-38--80
84 Skyler Mednick
2011
Calabasas, Calif. 44-36--80
84 Louis Kim
2014
Brea, Calif. 40-40--80
84 Joey Pickels
2012
Yuma, Ariz. 41-39--80
T91 Jacob Gould
2011
Carmel, Ind. 37-45--82
91 Ricky Owaki
2010
Yorba Linda, Calif. 41-41--82
91 Clayton Thatch
2010
Valencia, Calif. 38-44--82
T94 Brett Komoto
2011
Honolulu, Hawaii 46-37--83
94 Andrew Stanfield
2011
Woodland Hills, Calif. 43-40--83
96 Daniel Yang
2012
San Diego, Calif. 46-38--84
T97 Cameron Low
2011
Marina Del Rey, Calif. 40-45--85
97 Scott  Owen
2011
Irvine, Calif. 42-43--85
T99 Ernie Zaferis
2011
Los Angeles, Calif. 39-47--86
99 Steven Frigo
2012
Orange, Calif. 42-44--86
101 Jeremy Chang
2012
Old Greenwich, Conn. 40-47--87
-
Neil Evans
2011
Phoenix, Ariz.
78-82-DQ -
         
Girls Division
Name
Grad
Hometown
Score
1 Lauren Kim
2012
Los Altos, Calif. 34-37--71
T2 Veronica Valerio
2010
Temecula, Calif. 36-36--72
2 Yu Liu
2013
Beijing, China 35-37--72
2 Gyeol Park
2015
Shatto, Calif. 37-35--72
T5 Chieh Peng
2012
Shenzhen, China 36-37--73
5 Jennifer Yu
2014
Huntington Beach, Calif. 36-37--73
5 Stephanie Hsieh
2011
Alamo, Calif. 38-35--73
5 Elisabeth Bernabe
2013
Anaheim Hills, Calif. 35-38--73
T9 Yang Yue Hill
2012
Palm Desert, Calif. 36-38--74
9 Minjia Luo
2013
San Diego, Calif. 38-36--74
9 Kristina Nhim
2010
Buena Park, Calif. 36-38--74
12 Hana Lee
2011
Hacienda Heights, Calif. 39-36--75
T13 Raychelle Santos
2012
La Quinta, Calif. 36-40--76
13 T.J. Kliebphipat
2010
Panorama City, Calif. 38-38--76
13 Michele Chun
2011
Torrance, Calif. 37-39--76
13 Bethany Wu
2015
Diamond Bar, Calif. 39-37--76
13 Anna DePalma
2010
San Clemente, Calif. 39-37--76
13 Lauren Diaz-Yi
2013
Thousand Oaks, Calif. 38-38--76
13 Seri Lee
2011
Orange, Calif. 41-35--76
13 Allisen Corpuz
2016
Honolulu, Hawaii 40-36--76
T21 Tiffany Chan
2012
Beaumont, Calif. 39-38--77
21 Monica Umpant
2011
Cerritos , Calif. 36-41--77
21 Katia Joo
2011
Rolling Hills, Calif. 40-37--77
T24 Monica Petchakan
2011
Encino, Calif. 41-37--78
24 Anne Cheng
2013
Torrance, Calif. 39-39--78
24 Esther Lee
2013
Norwalk, Calif. 40-38--78
24 Euna Pak
2014
Irvine, Calif. 38-40--78
24 Jordanne Barr
2011
Bakersfield, Calif. 42-36--78
T29 Monica  Phan
2011
Newport Coast, Calif. 41-38--79
29 Kendall Dusenberry
2012
Newhall, Calif. 39-40--79
29 Katherine Guo
2012
Arcadia, Calif. 41-38--79
29 Tisha Alyn Abrea
2011
Murrieta, Calif. 40-39--79
29 Amy Lee
2015
Brea, Calif. 42-37--79
29 Alexandra Wong
2012
San Francisco, Calif. 40-39--79
T35 Yik Ching Tam
2015
Hong Kong, Hong Kong 41-39--80
35 Jacqueline Chulya
2013
Bangkok, Thailand 41-39--80
T37 Carolane Gariepy
2013
Murrieta, Calif. 42-39--81
37 Daniela Ortiz
2011
Morelia Michoacan, Mexico 41-40--81
T39 Sara Handa
2011
Poway, Calif. 40-42--82
39 Amy Lee
2012
Irvine, Calif. 41-41--82
39 Momo Sakuragi
2012
Irvine, Calif. 41-41--82
42 Kelsey Hummer
2011
San Clemente, Calif. 43-40--83
43 Mareon Smit
2012
Santa Maria, Calif. 42-48--90
-
Irina Paulin Gabasa
2011
Cebu, Philippines
-JWD
-
Briana Mao
2011
Folsom, Calif.
-JWD
 

Torano, Namkoong Strike Early and Often to Gain Advantage at Oak Valley Golf Club
Kim's consistent play pushes her atop leaderboard at TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup

BEAUMONT, Calif. — Tyler Torano of Chula Vista, Calif., and Andrew Namkoong of Villa Park, Calif., sit atop the leaderboard after the first round of play at the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup with 5-under-par 67s. In the Girls Division, Lauren Kim of Los Altos, Calif., shot a 1-under-par 71, giving her a one-stroke lead over her fellow competitors.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the TEE UP Junior Challenge presented by Kamen Rider Dragon Knight Cup is a

54-hole stroke play event held at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. The 146-player field features 101 boys and 45 girls, representing nine states, Mexico, China, Argentina, Thailand and the Philippines. The Boys Division is playing the par-72 course from 6,995 yards and the Girls Division is playing from 6,089 yards.

Torano's round started off a bit shaky as he bogeyed his first hole of the day, No. 10. He rebounded quickly, though, birdying Nos. 13, 15 and 16. However, it was not until Torano reached the front nine that his confidence began to show.

“I birdied Nos. 1 and 2,” Torano said. “I was really looking forward to the front nine because I knew there were a lot of birdie opportunities out there and that is where I could take advantage. This is a shorter course that rewards you, especially if you go with your driver. I've played two other tournaments here so I was comfortable out there as well.”

Heading in to tomorrow's round, Torano is focusing his attention more toward the par-5s.

“Hopefully I can take advantage of the par-5s in the next round,” Torano said. “I did that pretty well today and I hit a lot of fairways out there. If I can continue that tomorrow I will be in good shape.”

Namkoong's performance on the front nine was just as consistent as Torano's, tallying six pars and two birdies. The best was yet to come as Namkoong topped off his first nine holes with an eagle on No. 9, bringing him to 4-under.

“No. 9 was a game-changer,” Namkoong said. “I hit a 5-wood to the green and was able to sink a putt from about 10 feet out for the eagle. It was probably my best hole of the day.”

Namkoong is not interested in changing up his game too much headed into the second round, looking instead to stay calm and play consistently.

“I am happy with what I did today and how I am playing right now,” Namkoong said. “I'm going to try to stay in the fairway because once you get out of the fairway, you can get in trouble. If I can do what I did today again, though, I'll be extremely happy.”

Currently in third place, one stroke behind the leaders, is Jonah Texeira of Northridge, Calif., with a 4-under-par 68. Rounding out the Boys Division in a four-way tie at 3-under-par 69 are Troix Tonkham of Arleta, Calif., Pete Fernandez, Jr., of Bakersfield, Calif., Matt Pinizzotto of Salinas, Calif., and Rak Cho of Brea, Calif.

Kim, who is currently ranked No. 60 in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings, started her day off strong, birdying No. 1. After keeping par through the next seven holes, Kim capped off her front nine with one more birdie, just for good measure.

“The front nine really boosted my confidence today,” Kim said. “I birdied Nos. 1 and 9 and played consistent throughout. My putting saved me a few times out there and was a real strength for me today.”

Although she only carded one bogey on the day, Kim is looking to improve her drives in an attempt to eliminate any high scores.

“I need to improve my drives off the tee,” Kim said. “I spread a few at the end and had to go looking for a few balls. I think I was getting a little tired towards the end. The fact is, though, the fairways are pretty wide. If I can stay on the fairways and not get into too much trouble, I can play my game the way I want to.”

Rounding out the Girls Division in a three-way tie for second place at even-par 72 are Veronica Valerio of Temecula, Calif., Yu Liu of Beijing, China, and Gyeol Park of Anaheim, Calif.

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