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St. Catharines, Ont. (August 29, 2016) -Today kicked off the 19th annual Canadian Junior Golf Association’s Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship. A field of 107 of North America’s top junior golfers had an early start at the Rockway Vineyards in St. Catharines, Ont. Despite rising temperatures, golfers managed to keep scores low, in an attempt to secure their position after the second round cut.

Junior Boys Division (U19)

Robbie Latter, 15 from Mississauga, Ont., completed an impressive first round tying the Rockway Vineyards course record at 65. After racking up six birdies and shooting even par on the rest of the course for a 65 (-6), Latter will be looking to do it all over again tomorrow to increase his lead.

Falling behind Latter was Max Sekulic , 17, from Rycroft, Alta. Sekulic found a bit of trouble on the course today but rounded up six birdies to give himself a round total of 67 (-4).

Click here to watch our interview with Robbie Latter.

Junior Girls Division (U19)

Emily Ward, 16, of Niagara Falls, Ont. played with confidence, as her driving and putting helped her keep it low. Claiming five birdies, Ward fired a round total of 70 (-1) to sit atop of the Junior Girls division. Ward says she will be doing her best to focus on her round and not the competition to keep her lead.

Victoria Zheng, 12, from Markham, Ont., followed to strokes behind Ward. sinking three birdies during the round but still came up short with a round total of 72 (+1).

Click here to watch our interview with Emily Ward.

Click here to watch our interview with Victoria Zheng. 

Bantam Boys Division (U15)

Vick Gu, 14, of Markham, Ont., and Bavake Sihota, 14, from Caldeon, Ont., proved to be fitting competition for each other, The two boys had a steady back and forth during their first round. Sihota bounced back from a rough start on the front and relied on his putting to claim three birdies. Gu kept it tight, managing to one up him with four birdies. Currently, they sit with matching round totals of 71 (E).

Click here to see our interview with Bavake Sihota.

Bantam Girls Division (U15)

Jue Wen, 14, from North York, Ont., and Victoria Liu, 13, of Vancouver, B.C., both bounced back from tough starts to rise to the top of the Bantam Girls division. Wen and Liu finished day one with matching rounds of 74(+3).

Juvenile Boys Division (U17)

Eric Byun, 15, of Richmond Hill, Ont., set himself up for success today after firing a round total of 68 (-3).  With a strong drive, Byun managed four birdies to make up for a bogey on the 15th hole.

Jeffrey Fang, 14, from Newmarket, Ont., sits two strokes under Byun after carding a round total of 70 (-1). Fang stumbled on the 3rd and 10th hole but made up for it when he eagled the 16th, accompanied by two birdies on the back nine. Tomorrow, Fang will be looking to push Byun from his lead.

Click here to watch our interview with Eric Byun.

Click here to watch our interview with Jeffrey Fang.

Tomorrow will begin round two of the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship. Tee times will begin bright and early at 7:00 a.m.


About the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship

Mizuno Canada Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno Canada Ltd. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, rugby and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for Canada. Mizuno Canada Ltd. is based in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information please visit or visit us on Facebook at Mizuno Golf North America and on Twitter @Golf_Mizuno

About the Canadian Junior Golf Association

The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The 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.

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The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.

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Jordyn Battista
Communications Assistant