City titles will be up for grabs

The 79th San Francisco Junior Golf Tournament is set to tee off today at Lincoln Park Golf Course and, if the finish is anything like last year’s, those in attendance would be wise to stay around until the scorecards are signed.

Martin Trainer buried back-to-back putts of more than 30 feet on the 17th and 18th holes in 2006, edging Miguel Camitoc after trailing 3-down on the 13th tee of match play. Tournament director George Ambrosio called it “the greatest comeback I’ve seen here,” a meaningful statement considering he’s been around the event since playing it as a 13-year-old in 1955.

While Trainer and last year’s girls’ champion, Chelsea Stelzmiller, will not be back to defend their titles, more than 160 players are expected to compete in a prestigious event that has been won by legendary PGA Tour figures Johnny Miller and Ken Venturi. The tournament begins today when the 14- to 17-year-old boys compete in a round of stroke play that will establish seeding for match play Wednesday and Thursday.

The top qualifiers enter the championship flight and compete for the overall crown, while the others are placed in brackets based on their age and score. Boys’ divisions include 16-17 and 14-15 (match play beginning today) and 12-14, 10-11 and 9-and-under (stroke play starting Wednesday). The girls are split into three stroke-play groups (15-17, 12-14 and 11-and-under) and all start Wednesday.

Camitoc will be back and the short-game specialist appears to be the favorite in the boys’ bracket. On the girls’ side, sisters Rosalie-Wil and Jari-Lee Tolentino could conceivably compete for the title. The duo helped lead St. Ignatius to a 10-0 run through the West Catholic Athletic League in 2006, with Rosalie-Wil (17) tying for first place in the league tournament and Jari-Lee (15) finishingtied for seventh in the Central Coast Section meet. Their younger sister, Angela-Rae Tolentino, 13, will also compete.

79th San Francisco Junior Golf Tournament

» WHERE: Lincoln Park Golf Course

» PAR: 68

» SCHEDULE

» Today: 14- to 17-year-old boys stroke play for seeding

» Wednesday: 14- to 17-year-old boys match play; all other boys’ and girls’ divisions in first round of stroke play

» Thursday: Semifinal and final rounds in match play, all others in final round of stroke play

» Defending champions

» Boys: Martin Trainer

» Girls: Chelsea Stelzmiller

melliser@examiner.com


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