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San Ramon teen golfer qualifies for Junior PGA Championship

Even-par final round spurs Hy to victory in section tourney

San Ramon teen Brendan Hy is set to compete in the Junior PGA Championship golf tournament later this summer after earning a one-stroke win at the sectional qualifier in Livermore last month.

Hy, a 15-year-old who attends Dougherty Valley High, shot an even-par 72 in the final round at Poppy Ridge Golf Club on June 16 to finish the boys tournament at 3-over-par, one stroke better than fellow San Ramon golfer Isaiah Choi and Newark teen Jeremy Villafuerte.

With the victory at the two-day Northern California PGA junior sectional championship, Hy qualified for the Junior PGA Championship set for Aug. 9-12 at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, R.I.

The San Ramon Valley was also represented in the girls qualifier at Poppy Ridge, with Danville teen Ty Akabane finishing tied for second place, a single stroke behind champion Yealimi Noh. The Concord teen, who led the girls division at 8-over-par, also earned a berth in the championships in Rhode Island.

The 41st Junior PGA Championship, sponsored by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA sections, champions of the eight PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees who have not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship, according to organizers.

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