The First Tee weathers storm for successful final event

Roseville’s Noda wins final tournament of season
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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After lightning and rain threatened the day at the outset, the seventh annual First Tee Regional Golf Championship went off without a hitch Saturday at Roseville’s Timber Creek Golf course at Sun City. The tournament was threatened by several lightning strikes and heavy clouds, but after a 45-minute delay, it turned into a perfect golf day. “We were so happy that the weather cleared and we didn't have any other delays throughout the day, said Angie Dixon, tour director for The First Tee. “Imagine trying to reschedule an event with 120 kids and 100 plus volunteers, including a dinner.” Over 120 young golfers age 12 to 17 competed in different age brackets, and were supported by over 100 Sun City volunteers. “The volunteers act as registrars, score monitors, spotters, shuttlers and generally keep the players spirits up with ice cream and cookies along the way,” said Bill Gould, Sun City Roseville Tournament Coordinator. Five of the qualifiers, including Roseville’s own Ashley Noda, had played the prior week in the Wal-Mart Open at Pebble Beach, where each junior was matched with a Senior Circuit pro, such as Mark O’Meara, Tom Watson, Fuzzy Zoeller and others to compete as a partnership. Noda, who played with Isao Aoki, one of Japan’s top golfers at Pebble Beach was a key part of some outstanding golf at Timber Creek. The tournament wraps up the competitive year for The First Tee of Greater Sacramento, and it was followed by an awards dinner in the Timber Creek Lodge. Noda shot a 72 to claim the overall girls title, while Mason Welch claimed the boys crown with a 71. “Noda is quite possibly the sweetheart of Sun City,” said Angie Dixon, tour director for The First Tee. “This is her home course and all of the volunteers cheer her on.” While the golf is the drawing card that brings people out to the event, there is a larger purpose for the event, as evidenced by the number of volunteers who participate and the financial assistance that is provided for scholarships and to help fund The First Tee. “In regards to the volunteers, they truly went above and beyond this year,” Dixon said. “Not only did they have 100 plus volunteers out again, but they knew how much we are struggling financially in these current times and they rallied as a group to raise $2,600 in contributions for the program that day. All of these donations came from the folks at Sun City.” Sun City donated about $5,000 in scholarships and $3,500 in operating funds to The First Tee. Final results: Overall girls champion – Ashley Noda 72 Top girls age 15-18: Nichole Cruz 74 Briana Mao 74 Taryn Yee 75 Sagee Palavivatana 75 Cassidy Stelzmiller 75 Samantha Stockton 80 Nicolette Bondura 84 Danielle Covey 85 Bailey Furgeson 86 Top girls age 12-14: Sara Scarlett 88 Sarah Debnekoff 92 Camille Wagg 100 Carina Cater 107 Overall boys champion: Mason Welch 71 Top boys age 16-18: Will Scarlett 72 Preston Wtulich 73 Nick Schafer 73 Eric Ash 75 Austin Roberts 77 Thomas Crowther 78 Dylan Fuller 79 Cody Moore 80 Top boys age 14-15: Bryce Johnson 73 Drew Robbins 74 Kit Carson 74 Spencer Cvitanov 76 Austin Smotherman 76 Cameron Champ 76 Corey Pereira 77 Lee Gearhart 77 Brandon Baumgarten 77 Michael Grenz 77 Alex Gibbs 78 Top boys age 12-13: Matthew Muldavin 76 Austen Sandoval 79 Chad Kubes 80 Drake Mendenhall 80 Corey Eddings 81 Major contributors to the event: In Memory of John Sullivan -friend to all-by Barbara and Bill Blank The Friday Golf Group The Friday Ducks-Rodriguez, Player, Rhine and Wallace. The Saturday Golf Group (Two Holes)SCR Golden Niners Golf Club Jim Iso and Jack Powell Families Amador and Hart Families Sandy Wahlstrom Gene and Dodie Robeck Wednesday Dinner Group Friday Golf Group Joe and Kikue Shikami Timber Creek Men’s Golf Club SCR Tennis Club Syl Nicholson and Family Barbara and Phil Rodwell SCR Rod and Reel Club SCR He and She Golf Clubs McKercher and Kay Families Audie and Bill Gould Kikue and Joe Shikami ice cream Ladies 18 Hole Golf Club- cookies Pat and Paul Williams