Juniors Battle Cold Temperatures at CJGA Golf Burnaby Junior Open
Burnaby, BC (March 1, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) kick started its 25th season this past weekend on a chilly note at the CJGA Golf Burnaby Junior Open in Burnaby, British Columbia. Golfing through dusts of snow and single digit temperatures, juniors took on the challenging layout at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. Golf course conditions were as good as could be expected after almost two months of being covered in snow.
Bantam Boys (U15)
Taking home, the division title for the Bantam Boys was Brycen Ko, 13, from Richmond, BC. He started his fourth CJGA season with a bang, as he carded 71(E) in round 1 and 73(+2) in round 2 for a two round total of 144(+2).
Despite a strong fight for victory, the runner up position was Freddy Sun, 12, from Richmond, BC. He finished round 2 with four birdies showing scores of 71 in round 1 and 80 in round 2 for a tournament total of 151(+9).
“We were both doing well on the front nine until hole 8 when I made a birdie and Freddy made bogey. I kept the lead after that”, says Ko. “My full swing was good. I struck the ball well. I did miss a few short putts. That was off but everything else was pretty good.”
Bantam Girls (U15)
Jennifer Gu, 14, from West Vancouver, BC took home the title in the Bantam Girls (U15) category this weekend. After changing her swing last year, Wu finished with a tournament total of 167 including rounds of 85 (+14) and 82(+11).
Gu is still going through swing changes to help benefit her game even more. “I don’t think I missed too many fairways over two days and I feel good about that”, says Gu. “My driver was pretty good! This gets me off to a good start for the season.”
Emily Yang, 14, from Langley, BC was a close runner up with a 2 round total of 174(+32).
Junior Boys (U19)
Lucas Wu, 17, from Vancouver, BC, claimed the winning position in the Junior Boys (U19) category at the tournament. He is currently a member at Richmond GC after spending the past year in China working on his game. After a 6-month tournament hiatus, Wu had a consistent two days with a score of 73(+2) in his first round and 73(+2) in his second round. Despite his two double bogeys on the first day, he picked up with four birdies on his second round. Wu finished with an overall winning total of 146(+4).
“I went back to China for a year to go to school and work on my game. I just came back. This is great. I didn’t think I could win. This was my first tournament in six months”, says Wu. “The first day it was a lot colder. It was supposed to snow today and it didn’t. This was a good warm-up for the season. This win helps my mind get stronger and that will make me a better player.”
Jackson Jacob, 15, of Fort Langley, BC was the runner up in the Junior Boys (U19) category by just one stroke. Jacob and Wu tied the first round with a score of 73(+2), but despite three birdies Jacob just fell short in the second round.
Junior Girls (U19)
Kate Choi, 17, from Surrey, BC had a consistent two days in the tournament allowing her to take home the title in her category. Choi pushed through the cold weather and made great contact with the greens over the weekend, achieving her second CJGA victory.
“I was hitting more greens than usual. My short game was okay but it could have been better. These are things I work on a lot”, says Choi. “I feel like now I know more of what I have to work on. This win gives me confidence!” She finished round 1 with a score of 77(+6) and round 2 with a score of 78(+7) for an overall total of 155(+13).
Tiffany Kong, 16, Vancouver, BC was the runner up in the Junior Girls. Kong was in the lead for the first round finishing with a 74(+3). She finished the second round with 11 bogeys for a total of 84(+13) and an overall tournament total of 158(+16).
The next CJGA Junior Tour event in BC will take place on March 11 and 12 for the CJGA Junior at Cordova Bay in Victoria, BC.
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. For more information please visit www.cjga.com.
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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