Cumberland, Ont. (August 12, 2016) – The mercury stayed high over the past week with heavy humidity adding an additional hurdle for the field of golfers to overcome at the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Ottawa Junior Open at Greyhawk Golf Club in Cumberland, Ont. Golfers competed against each other to win their division titles, but Nicholas Adair stole the show after sinking a hole-in-one in his final round.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Nicholas Adair, 14, from Kingston, Ont., had a smooth start to the tournament, even through the front nine, and managing three birdies in the back, putting him in the lead position for round two where he continued to dominate. Adair saw some hiccups during the second round but recovered when he fired an ace on the 13th hole from 148 yards on a par three, allowing him to finish with round totals of 70 (-2), 76 (+4) for a tournament total of 146 and the winning position.
“It’s my first hole-in-one!” expressed an excited Adair. “I stepped up to the tee with my nine iron and I thought it went over! It helped me secure my win and it feels awesome.”
Shadowing Adair was Brayden Valiquette. The 15 year old from Cornwall, Ont., carded rounds of 73 (+1), 75 (+3), for a tournament total of 148 and the runner-up title.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Isabella Landry, 13, from Manotick, Ont., was able to block out the distractions and focus on her game during the tournament. Landry relied on her approach shots, allowing her to manage three birdies during the tournament. Landry fired rounds of 82, 89, for a two-day total of 171.
“I was confident in my approach shots during both rounds,” explained Landry. “But there is always room for improvement in my putting, something to work on for the next event.”
Junior Boys Division (U19)
There was no shortage of talent in the Junior Boys division with first and second places posting scores under par. Yagiz Tuna, 18, from Brockville, Ont., took first place after an impressive two days racking up 9 birdies and an eagle. Tuna posted rounds of 68 (-4), 69 (-3), for a remarkable two-round total of 137, seven strokes under par and a three-stroke lead over second place.
Keeping pace with Tuna was Griffin Jones, who has proven to be a force on the fairways. The 17 year old from Manotick, Ont., came in four strokes under par with rounds of 73(+1), 67 (-5), giving him a tournament total of 140 and the runner-up position.
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Vivian Sasova, 17, from Gatineau, Que., played a solid two rounds focusing on improving her game in the Junior Girls division. Sasova posted rounds of 91, 94 for a tournament total of 185, which was good enough for a first place finish.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
Alexandrew Lefebvre, 15, from Ottawa, Ont., claimed the top position for his division after firing rounds of, 77 (+5), 72 (E), giving him a two-day total of 149. Lefebvre made birdies early in the round to secure his lead and his first CJGA career win. Lefebvre explained a bit about his game plan, “I went in attacking the pins, trying my best for an eagle, but I am happy with six birdies and a bunch of pars.”
Malcolm Simpson, 15, of Nepean, Ont., managed six birdies and matching rounds of 75 for a tournament total of 150, placing him in the runner-up position.
Novice Boys Division (U9)
Leo Christou, 6, from Montreal Que., finished first in the Novice Boys division with a round total of 44 (+8). Following behind was Tristan Laflamme, 9, of Barrhaven, Ont. Laflamme claimed second place with a round total of 47.
Peewee Boys Division (U13)
Spencer Jackson, 12, of Bracebridge, Ont., was the winner for the Peewee Boys division after carding a round total of 82.
Two strokes behind was Jared Lipski, 11, from Kanata, Ont. Lipski finished with a round total of 85 and the second place title.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Carlisle, Ont., nativee Charlie Smith, 13, took home first place after scoring an 85 over 18 holes.
Joshua Puranda, 14, of Brockville, Ont., shadowed Smith, but came up short with a round total of 87, placing him in second place.
About the CJGA
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is dedicated to providing Canada’s junior golfers with the necessary skills and knowledge required to lay a foundation for a future in competitive golf.
Through its six-stage competitive development program that focuses on tournaments, clinics, international competitions, and mentoring programs with PGA Tour professionals, the CJGA introduces the game to juniors as young as five and offers competitive multi-day events for the more advanced golfer.
The CJGA acts as a feeder system to provincial and national competitions, collegiate and university golf, as well as professional and recreational golf. For more information, please visit www.cjga.com.
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