The SCPGA Junior Tour has been hosting events, and earlier in September, the Toyota Tour Cup got a break from the heat down at the Arrowood Golf Course in Oceanside. With temperatures in the mid-80s and a steady breeze off the ocean, the two-day tournament made for a pleasant golfing experience for many of the local junior golfers participating in the event.

According to the SCPGA website, the stroke average for the field through round one was 75.5 and would have been quite lower if not for the infamous “Quandary.” The stretch of holes begins at the par-3 hole on the 15th, but the test really starts on the daunting 16th hole and extends through the 18th. The stroke average through that stretch was .64 and .47 strokes over par for girls and boys, respectively.

“Championships are won and lost on this final stretch,” according to event staff.

When all scores were in from the first round, it was Karen Tsuru’s -2, 69 that was enough to hold a one stroke lead over Murrieta’s Angela Heo, Yana Wilson of Nevada and Esther Lee of Walnut. For the boys, it was Luciano Conlan of Carlsbad who posted a -5, 66 to sleep on a two-stroke lead over Patrick Hong of Los Angeles and Benjamin Hong of Brea heading into Sunday’s final round.

Angela Heo of Murrieta Mesa High School was part of a handful of local junior golfers that participated in the Toyota Tour Cup at the Arrowood Golf Course in Oceanside. Valley News/Andrez Imaging photo

Despite a flurry of 69’s posted by Tsuru, Wilson, Madison Le of Garden Grove and Kylee Choi of Murrieta, Heo played the final round posting a bogey-free 66 to claim her second career TTC title and first of the 2020 season. Tsuru finished in second place with Wilson taking the third spot. Choi finished tied for sixth. Also hailing from Murrieta was Lauren Sammon, who finished in the 22nd spot.

On the boy’s side, Luciano continued playing, making the turn at -2 for the round, but Fullerton’s Carson Kim was red-hot on the front nine posting a -4, 32 and was just one shot back. It was a tight race coming down the stretch, but Kim kept the momentum rolling and posted a -5, 66 to take the clubhouse lead and watched as the final group came in.  However, Conlan had some bogies on the back-nine and finished in a tie for second place at -4 with: Benjamin Hong, Kai Hirayama of Arcadia and Dalin Piao of Los Angeles. Other local finishers were Alvaro Fonseca of Winchester (T32) and Taewoo Yu of Murrieta (T26).

This past weekend the temperatures were hot, and the scores were even hotter out in the desert at Indian Wells Golf Resort where the Toyota Tour Cup continued. On the girls’ course, it was Katelyn Parr of Temecula as the only local playing. She finished tied for 23rd. For the boys, it was Ryan Abuan of Temecula who took second place and Declan Lane, also of Temecula, who came in 30th place.

For more information about the Junior Tour of the SCPGA, visit http://www.scpgajt.bluegolf.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.