Ahmed wins golf tournament; advances to national championships

By: Staff Report
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Vista del Lago senior Noor Ahmed won the California State Qualifier of the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship on July 11-12 at Oakmont Country Club.

After competing in local qualifiers around the state, 68 golfers advanced to see who would move on to the National Championship which will be held the first week of August at the Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. California is allotted five spots for boys and two for girls based on the local qualifiers.

Ahmed won the girls’ division by shooting a 147, while the second and final female qualifier was Leila Dizon from Los Angeles shooting 151. 

In the boys’ division, Raymond Navis of Nipomo was the low qualifier shooting a 2-under, 142. Bradley Reeves of Woodbridge and Noah Woolsey of Murrietta were one shot back shooting 143. The final two qualifiers in the boys’ division were Keith Moles of Santa Maria (146) and Justin Gums of Lodi (149).

Beginning in 1969, Trusted Choice Big “I” has grown into one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the United States.  More than 2,500 youngsters from across the United States play annually in state and local qualifying rounds for an illustrious trip to the Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship to be played this year at the Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, CA, August 1 - 4, 2016.

The months leading up to the Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship include several grueling rounds against many of the country’s top junior players. The state and local qualifying tournaments have become fierce battlegrounds on which youngsters must combine hard work, commitment and dedication—and hopefully avoid running into a future Tiger Woods or Billy Andrade. Woods and Andrade, both two-time winners of the Big “I” are just two former participants who eventually wound up on the PGA Tour. The list of tournament alumni reads like a PGA Who’s Who: Tiger Woods, Phil Michelson, Justin Leonard, Webb Simpson, Jonathan Byrd and more.

In 1993, the Big “I” established a girls’ division to promote similar values among female student-athletes. Some former participants, including Trusted Choice Big “I” champions Beth Bauer (1997); Grace Park (1996) and Cristie Kerr (1994, 1995) are leaving their mark on the sport.