Charissa Shang, an 8th grader, finished her 2017 season with a tie for 17th at the Toyota Tour Championship. The young player had a difficult time getting practice time in the week before the championship, because of the wide spread California Wild Fires that has plagued Southern California over the past week. Charissa shot 80-75 (155). Her driver worked quite well as she hit 79% of her fairways the first day and 71% the second day. Shang hit 8 green’s the first day and improved to 13 in the second round. Not being able to take advantage of a practice round before the event put her at a distinct disadvantage. Charissa, made 2 of 10 up and down’s (20%) on the first day and 2 of 5 (40%) on the final day, a result of not being familiar with the golf course. Charissa, learned that preparation is the key to a good performance.
Overall, Charissa has made improvement’s in her game and will continue to do so moving into the 2018 season. According to her coach, “Charissa need’s to work on her GIR and her short game. Junior’s, just don’t realize the importance of the short game in producing good score’s that lead to winning championship’s,” he said.
Angela Liu, won the event with a 70-74 (144).
Steve Jing Yang Zhang, finished in a tie for 21st place in the JDT Fall Championship @ Heartwell GC. Steve, shot 38 at Heartwell. Zhang’s score of 38, will force him to return to the Junior Developmental Tour (JDT) for the 2018 season. Steve, failed to make the requirements necessary to move to the Players Tour, forcing him to work hard to improve his performance so he can elevate his position.
Winston Thai, playing in the Boys 11 & Under, shot a 40 and finished in a tie for 10th place.
There are only 2 more event’s left in the 2017 season, the Bridgestone Fall Tournament of Champions and the JDT Championship @ Newport Beach GC.