|Jordan Wins NCGA Jr. Then Local Jr. Club Title|
Published: Friday, 18 August 2006 18:48
Photo by Eric J. Kos
Jordan Ontiveros accomplished something on Tuesday of last week that most junior golfers only dream about. Ontiveros, a five-year member of the Alameda Junior Golf Club, had never won anything in her 16 years — and this happened so quickly, so unexpectedly, that she was left somewhat unaware of the full implications of what she’d done.
Ontiveros won the Northern California Golf Association Girls Junior Championship at Lake Merced Country Club in Daly City.
Roberto Galletti won the Boys NCGA Jr. in 2004 for Alameda, and James Hahn in 1995. But no female from the Alameda junior club has ever won that trophy. Until now.
The next day, Ontiveros played in the Junior Club Championship on the Fry Course. When she checked in, a supervising adult asked her how she’s been. Ontiveros answered that she’d had a lot of fun this summer, doing great. But not a word about winning the NCGA Jr. the day before. And then she won the Club Championship.
Howard Santos, 15, won the Boys Club Championship by one stroke over defending champ Tim Harkins and Andrew Wood, shooting an even-par 71 on the Fry course. Ontiveros shot a 74 to win by two strokes over Linda Brown.
Chris Bui shot the low round of the day, a 70, to win the boys age 12-13 title, but his age bracket played from shorter tees so he was ineligible for the overall title.
At Lake Merced, Ontiveros was seven shots off the lead after a first-round 82. She figured she had no chance.
“I just wanted to play well and beat the players in my group,” she said. “And I just happened to beat everybody.”
She ended up shooting the best round of the tournament in the final round, a 73. That put her two strokes better than first-round leader Marina Martinez of Modesto, who struggled in the fog and wind for an 82. Christina Corpus, also a member of the AJGC, took third place with a 79 in the final round.
“I was just really, really focused,” Ontiveros said. “I could really see the putts, got the course down. Can’t really explain it.”
Ontiveros will be a sophomore at Monte Vista High this fall, and said she was nervous about making the girls golf team.
All she’ll have to do now is show up.