By: Tim Jackman, AJGA Communications
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley is a 54-hole stroke play competition featuring 60 boys and 24 girls, ages 12-18, from nine states and Canada. The par-72 Oak Valley Golf Club is playing 6,595 yards for the boys and 5,716 for the girls.
A First Time For Everything
The winner of both the Boys Division and the Girls Division were playing in their first AJGA tournament. Shawn Lu of Honolulu, finished with a tournament-total 142 to medal in the Boys Division. In the Girls Division, Nastasia Kossacky of San Diego, finished with a tournament-total 148. Both players said they were excited to get the win because it will allow them to move on to other AJGA events in the summer.
Quinn McGinley may have finished outside the top-10 after the final round on Monday, but he walked away from the Preseason Junior at Oak Valley with a first. On the par-3 No. 6 hole McGinley used a 7-iron to make his first career hole-in-one.
"I hit it into the ridge, and then spun in 20 feet back and I watched it track its way towards the hole and when it went in, that was a very special feeling," McGinley said.
McGinley posses with his hole-in-one ball
Beautiful Southern California
The weather was spectacular during the tournament week. Southern California is a beautiful location to hold a winter tournament. The temperature each day rose into the lower 70s and 80s. It was a welcome change for many players who were from norther locations like Minnesota, Oregon and Washington.
The landscape was also beautiful. The golf course is nestled at the base of the San Bernadino Mountain range. The mountains provide the perfect setting for golf.
The San Bernadino Mountains Serve as the Backdrop for Oak Valley