Now in her early 90’s, Peggy Dodds has remarkably given almost SEVEN DECADES of volunteer work for junior golf tournaments here in the Sacramento region. She took the reins in the early 1980’s from another Sacramento Golf Hall of Famer Irene Kaminsky on the Sacramento City Junior Golf Championship and has run the prestigious golf event ever since.
Born and raised in Sacramento, Peggy went to Sacramento High School and Sacramento Junior College. It was at Sac City College that she took PE golf classes from (fellow SGHOF inductee) Beth Hightower. From 1983 to the present day, she has devoted her time to running multiple junior golf events at the Sacramento City and County golf courses. She joined the Sacramento Golf Council in 1985 and was asked to reorganize the declining junior championships and now they remain some of the crown jewel events across Northern California and beyond. She has spent countless hours volunteering to help with additional events including Little Linkers, The First Tee of Greater Sacramento Tour events and other Golf Council events. Her tireless devotion to juniors has created multi-generations of parents and kids who have benefitted from the work that she has done.
For two days at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, Dodds did as she’s done for decades, greeting junior golfers on the tee and at the finish of their round, handing out trophies and congratulating them on their excellent play.
Sacramento’s Patrick Dumag, fresh off his graduation from Inderkum HS, a victory in the Sacramento County Golf Championship two weeks ago and headed to Sac State in the fall, took home the boys overall honor and first place in the 16-18 age division with a two day total of -8 with scores of 70 and 66. His second round was bogey-free with four birdies and an eagle on the 17th hole to lead by two over Sacramento’s Coleman Dupre (71-68), by three over Carmichael’s Mason Benbrook (73-67), by four over Rocklin’s Luke Price (72-69) and by five over Elk Grove’s Zach Mate (72-70).
In the boys 14-15 age group, both Karson Kindelt from Loomis (72-73) and Ethan Allred from Roseville (72-73) finished at +1 with Truman Ashforth another two strokes back at +3 (75-72). In the Boys 12-13 age group, Fair Oaks’ Landon Abalateo scorched his age group with a brilliant score of +1 (75-70) to lead by nine over the second place finisher. In the boys 10-11 age group, Rancho Cordova’s Sudhaamsuram Parvataneni and Pleasant Hill’s Tavin McKinley both finished at -3 with matching scores of 35-34. And in the boys 7-9 age group, Benson Chiou from Orinda took home honors with a +5 score of 38-39.
The girls played equally amazing golf. Three girls finished at +2 for the event with Kylie Sebastian from Novato (75-71) taking home honors in the girls 16-18 age group and Mather’s Tavia Burgess (74-72) and Christine Yu from Folsom (74-72) sharing low score in the 14-15 age group. Also noteworthy play was sixteen-year-old Meghan Paracuelles from Folsom firing a +3 score of 76-71 and fourteen-year-old Sophia Lee from Fairfield shooting a 78-71 to finish third in her age group.
Sacramento’s Petra Yee took home honors in the girls 12-13 age group with an eye-popping even par score of 144 (75-69) to lead by two over Folsom’s Lilian McGovern (74-72). Orinda’s Samantha Chiou won the girls 10-11 age group with a +1 score of 34-39 to lead by nine over two second place finishers. And last, but certainly not least, Olivia Lee from Fairfield took home honors in the girls 7-9 age group with a two day total of +8 (39-41).