First-round highlights from the NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club

AUBURN, Calif. – Players at the International Junior Golf Tour’s (IJGT) NorCal Junior at Darkhorse Golf Club experienced a true fall experience on the official first day of Fall. A lengthy weather delay dampened the round; however there were still many highlights from the first day of action at Darkhorse Golf Club, which is the eighth best course you can play in the state of California according to Golfweek Magazine.

The best round of the day came from Logan Lowe of Grass Valley, Calif., who leads the Boys 15-19 Division after a solid 1-over-par 73. Lowe’s round was kick-started by an eagle on the par-4 eighth hole at Darkhorse Golf where he holed out from the middle of the fairway. Here is Lowe’s round by the numbers.

Lowe Tee Shot1Logan Lowe by the numbers:

73 – lowest round of the day in the NorCal Junior

35 – front-nine score

11 – number of pars  in his round

2 – score he made on the par-4 eighth hole

1 – appearance on the IJGT



In the Boys 14 & Under Division, a familiar face sits atop the leaderboard after a stellar round in tough weather conditions. Grant Leppek of Rocklin, Calif., shot a 6-over-par 78 to take a small lead headed into the final round. Here is Leppek’s round by the numbers.

Leppek, G Tee Shot1Grant Leppek by the numbers:

38 – back-nine score

6 – number of consecutive pars to start his round

3 – stroke lead going into tomorrow’s final round

2 – number of birdies in his round (both on the back nine)

-1 – score on the four par 3’s at Darkhorse Golf Club



Trae Jones of Sparks, Nev., has the lead in the Girls Division after a first-round score of 86. The course proved to be very difficult with many long shots into elevated greens. Here is Jones’s round by the numbers.

Jones Tee Shot1Trae Jones by the numbers:

142 – Slope Rating of the Girls tees for the NorCal Junior

77.9 – Course Rating of the Girls tees for the NorCal Junior

8 – number of pars in her round

4 – stroke lead going into the final round

1 – number of birdies in her round


Final results from the first round of the NorCal Junior can be found here. Pairings for the final day of action are posted here.