- Published on Monday, 23 June 2003 20:40
- Written by Pete Borello - Town Crier Staff Writer
The junior golf season is in full swing and several players with local ties are on course to have great summers.
Topping the leader board is Michael Jensen, 17. The Los Altos resident won a pair of overall championships at Junior Golf Association of Northern California tournaments held last week.
"I have been hitting the ball really well, but I have not made as many putts as I would have liked," said Jensen, who's entering his senior year at St. Francis High and played on the school's championship golf team. "But I am playing well right now and enjoying it."
The week started with Jensen defending his title at the 68th annual East Bay Junior Golf Championship, which took place June 16 and 17 at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex in Alameda.
Tied with A.J. DiLaura at the end of regulation play -- both posted two-round scores of 136 in the boys 16-17 division-- Jensen went on to win a sudden-death playoff after one hole. Jensen, finishing six-under par after rounds of 69 and 67, is the first player to successfully defend an East Bay Juniors championship, according to tournament officials.
Jensen collected another overall title on Friday at the two-day Green Valley Junior, hosted by the Green Valley Country Club in Suisun. He tallied a two-under-par 142, firing rounds of 72 and 70, to finish two shots better than any other player in the boys 14-17 division.
In between these events, a busy Jensen notched fourth place at the June 18 Palo Alto Junior.
Charlie Sines of Los Altos came away from the East Bay Junior with some hardware as well.
Sines claimed the boys 14-15 division with an even-par score of 142, shooting 71 each day. Sines, 14, prevailed by three strokes over runner-up Jason Alves (Aptos).
"I won the tournament on the first four holes on the second day," said Sines, who will be a sophomore at Los Altos High in the fall. "Most of the others blew up, but I was able to stay focused and shot one-under par on the first nine holes."
Sines also recently qualified for the Independent Insurance Agents Junior Classic State Finals, slated for July 10 and 11 at the DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz.
Sines qualified by shooting a 74 May 28 at the Santa Cruz County IIAJ event held at DeLaveaga. Sines was second in his age group (14-15) and sixth overall out of 79 golfers ages 18 and under.
Although he didn't win his division, Alvin Lata also turned in a solid performance at the East Bay Junior.
Lata, entering his junior year at St. Francis, recorded the best round of any golfer during the final day of the tourney with a 66.
The 16-year-old from Pleasanton placed second in the boys 16-17 division with a 137. He shot 71 the first day.
Lata's second-round score has qualified him for the Junior World Championship, set for July 15-18 in San Diego.
Turning from Juniors to the pros, area player James Perkins played an impressive round at a recent event.
The assistant pro at Los Altos Golf & Country Club teamed with Marc Braga of San Jose to place second at the Pro Scotch Championship, a Northern California-Professional Golfers' Association ILT event held June 9 at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton. The pair combined for a 137; Mark Sherman (Green Valley) and Jeff McMillen (Ukiah Muni) won with a 135.
Perkins' 64 was the low score of the day.