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World Series: 10.28-29 Santa Barbara Championship

For our second world series event for the month of October, we had our 9th annual Santa Barbara Championship at the beloved Sandpiper Golf Course! The championship golf course at Sandpiper has been rated by Golf Digest in the top twenty-five public golf courses in the country. It was designed by William F. Bell and opened in 1972 featuring beautiful rolling fairways and challenging greens in a seaside links style layout. Sandpiper’s dynamic design attracts players of all skill levels including players of the highest caliber. Measuring over 7000 yards, with championship rating of 74.5, Sandpiper has challenged the abilities of the PGA and LPGA players alike, playing host to several professional tournaments including: The PGA Tour Tournament Players Series, The LPGA Tour Santa Barbara Women’s Open, and the prestigious final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying school. Let’s see how they did:

The girls 15-18 division played a par 72 from the copper tees. Earning first place was Megan Chou from Los Altos, CA with scores of 74 & 68 for a total 2-under 142. Coming in second place was Sophie Siminoff from Los Altos Hills, CA with scores of 74 & 71 for a total 1-over 145 and third place went to Divya Tadimetti from Palo Alto, CA with scores of 72 & 74 for a total 2-over 146. Fourth place went to Yuree Huh from San Diego, CA 74 & 77 for a total 7-over 151 and a tie for fifth at 12-over 156 between Isabel Carpenter from San Luis Obispo, CA (75 & 81) and Gabriella Gonzalez from Thousand Oaks, (CA 80 & 76). Winning that card-off, taking home fifth was Gonzalez.


The Boys 15-18 division played a par 72 from the black tees both days. We had a two-way tie for first place at 3-over 147 between Xzavier Casarez from San Bernardino, CA (75 & 72) and  Taehoon Song from Buena Park, CA (70 & 77). This resulted in a sudden death playoff that lasted two holes, with Song coming out on top and Casarez taking home second. There was another tie for third place at 6-over 150 between Brandon Baik from Fontana, CA (74 & 76) and Daniel Nunez from Los Angeles, CA (78 & 72). This resulted in a card-off of which is determined by second day low score; Nunez won the card-off taking home third and Baik taking home fourth. And thus, another tie for fifth place! This time, a three-way tie at 7-over between Brandon McDonough from Santa Monica, CA (80 & 71), Jaden Milne from Washington, Utah (71 & 80) and Jess Scheller from Valencia, CA (78 & 73). Winning this card-off, taking home fifth place was Milne.


The girls 14-Under division also played the copper tees at a par 72. Earning first place was Brooke Ryback from San Diego, CA with scores of 81 & 76 for a total 157. Second place was earned by Sofina Firouzi with scores of 89 & 82 for a total 171 and third place went to Julianna Escobedo from Bakersfield, CA with scores of 94 & 87 for a total 181. Coming in fourth place was Isabella Gunasayan from Arroyo Grande, CA with scores of 92 & 98 for a total 190 and fifth place went to Carissa Freeman from La Mesa, CA with scores of 98 & 95 for a total 193.


For the Boys 13-14 division, we had Benjamin Scott from Manhattan Beach, CA come in first with scores of 77 & 68 for a total 1-over 145. Coming in second place was Anton Ouyang from San Jose, CA with scores of 74 & 75 for a total 149 and third place went to Freddy Sun from Vancouver, British Columbia with scores of 75 & 76 for a total 151. Fourth place went to Arman Rahgozar from San Diego, CA with scores of 78 & 77 for a total 155 an fifth place went to Timothy Smelser from Northridge, CA with scores of 78 & 79 for a total 157.


Congratulations to all participants, placers, parents and the staff at Sandpiper Golf Course for making yet another successful World Series FCG event! Until next time, FCG followers… Tournament Schedule

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