Central Catholic High School’s amazing golf season has been saluted near and far, especially from the officials of the Junior Golf Association of Northern California.
Each member of the Raiders’ team, the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters champion and runner-up at the NorCal, has gained experience on the annual JGANC tournament circuit. CC’s success bears witness to the ongoing success of the local junior tour that has enriched the golfing lives of thousands of young players.
The 90-tournament JGANC season swings into high gear with about 1,300 young members preparing for a summer of fun and competition. The fee is $95 apiece for the chance to test golf skills anywhere from public courses to the region’s top private and daily-fee layouts.
“We have a great platform for the kids to grow and educate themselves playing golf and meeting new friends,” said Shane Balfour, the former head pro at Turlock Country Club and Diablo Grande who’s in his sixth year as the JGANC’s executive director. “A thing that is unique to us is our Americas Cup teams that provide such a great stage for our young stars.”
Balfour also called attention to the incredible 11-year-old Lucy Li, who became the youngest qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open by shooting 74-68 at Half Moon Bay’s Old Course. Li, an age-group winner at Augusta National’s inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt competition last month, is a resident of Redwood Shores in San Mateo County.
Yes, Li is a JGANC member.
“She’s a little thing, but what a player. It’s great to see success stories like Lucy Li,” Balfour said.
Stevinson Ranch has committed to the JGANC this year by becoming the organization’s official home course. The property, which features top-tier practice facilities and a performance center, is well-suited to its new title. Stevinson Ranch will welcome four junior tournaments to its demanding course south of Hilmar.
The local lineup of JGANC tournaments:
To register as a JGANC member or to enter a tournament, visit www.jganc.com.