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Players of the Year S


2013 Junior Tour of Northern California


ix years ago, the NCGA Junior Tour was formed. Three years ago, it aligned with the NCPGA to form one tour where junior golfers could compete against the best players at an affordable price. Now, the Junior Tour of Northern


California boasts a year-round schedule filled with 22 events. Those tournaments are recognized by the American Junior Golf Association, which awards performance- based entry status to winners of all boys and girls championship flights. A Player of the Year is awarded after the JTNC’s Tour Championship in July to


the best boy and girl in the region. The 2013 championship was held at Bayonet and Black Horse.


2013 Boys’ Player of the Year: Justin Suh What a difference a year can make. Justin Suh rounded out the 2011-2012 season 13th on the


points list. This year, he ran away with a 616-point victory. The Suh family in San Jose is no stranger to the Junior


Tour’s top honor. Justin’s sister Hannah won the Girls Player of the Year title in 2009. The Suhs are the first sibling duo to capture both awards. Justin Suh, 16,


burst onto the scene in the Fall Series, win- ning twice, at Poppy Ridge and Eagle Ridge. Suh survived a three-way playoff for his victory at Poppy Rodge, but maybe more impressively, he finished in the top 10 in 14 of 15 events. Suh’s only non-top 10 came at the CIF State Cham- pionship, when he tied for 12th with a 1-over 72 at Quail Lodge. The rising junior


at Evergreen Valley High School also won the JGANC Match Play Championship and AJGA Junior at Ruby Hills this summer, and advanced to the Round of 16 in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Martis Camp.


2013 Girls Player of the Year: Casie Cathrea There is no question which player has had the best career in the history of the Junior Tour of Northern California. Livermore resident Casie Cathrea tacked on her third


Player of the Year title in four years this summer, winning three events in the 2012-2013 season. And if her summer play is any indication, this won’t be the last we hear from Cathrea. At the U.S. Women’s Open at Sebo- nack in New York, Cathrea earned low amateur honors by tying for 25th, closing with a Sunday-low 2-under 70. Cathrea, who also won Player of the


Year honors in 2010 and 2011, has begun her freshman year on Oklahoma State’s golf team.


On the Junior Tour, Cathrea nabbed the first two events of the Fall Series at Haggin Oaks and Mather, and added a third victory at Castlewood in the spring. Cathrea also collected her first


San Francisco City Championship earlier this year.


The 17-year-old continued her


impressive summer season by making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship. She also cap-


tured the inaugural Porter Cup, and earned a spot on the junior Solheim Cup Team. In August, Cathrea rose to the No. 2 position


in Golfweek’s national junior rankings. Cathrea is the only junior to win more than one Player


of the Year honor. FALL 2013 / NCGA.ORG / 25


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