Danville teen Ty Akabane has been cleaning up in the golf world this summer, placing another victory in her cap by winning this year’s California Women’s Amateur Championship on Saturday.
The 17-year-old San Ramon Valley High School incoming senior won after coming in at nine strokes under par for a total score of 135 strokes. She defeated the runner up, Walnut Creek’s Kathleen Scavo, by 13 strokes.
“It’s such an honor to win this championship. There’s so many who have won this and went on to be successful, it’s an incredible feeling,” Akabane said in a statement released by the Northern California Golf Association. “This is a huge stepping stone for me, and gives me a lot of confidence moving forward.”
The tournament took place at Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, and required athletes to play in a 36-hole stroke play qualifying round over 18 holes a day, to determine 32 players for match play.
During the match-play brackets, Akabane twice escaped what looked to be losses, in the 16th round having to fight her way to overcome a four stroke deficit.
“Those times that I trailed, I just tried to stay in the present,” said Akabane, who had her dad, Chris, on the bag as caddie. “At the end of the day you can’t control what others are doing. You can only control what you’re doing.”
Akabane again had to work hard to get past University of Oregon senior and two-time California Junior Girls champ, Scavo. Finally overcoming the former champion by birdieing the par four 11th hole and par three 12th.
“I just could not get my putter going. I couldn’t make anything,” Scavo told the NCGA. “I’m still very pleased overall with my week. Ty is deserving in winning. She played great all week.”
Akabane is having quite the successful summer. In July she was a top-10 finalist at the 43rd Girls Junior PGA Championship in Lexington Ky. When she isn’t studying or in school -- last year she maintained a 4.0 GPA in addition to qualifying for various national competitions -- Akabane can usually be found training at The Bridges Golf Club in San Ramon, one of her home courses.
One of Akabane’s next stops will be the U.S, Women’s Amateur, which tees off August 6-12 at The Golf Club of Tennessee. After that her golf career will continue at the University of California Los Angeles, where on Friday she committed to play starting fall semester 2019.