BAVAKE SIHOTA MOVES INTO TIE FOR LEAD AS ALWARD SLIPS BACK IN WET CONDITIONS AT EASTERN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP presented by TAYLORMADE.
Heavy rain forces course to be shortened to 17 holes for day two.
Georgetown, ON (August 8, 2018) – The weather was the primary newsmaker on day two of the Eastern Junior Championship presented by TaylorMade at Eagle Ridge Golf Club. Heavy rain over night in the GTA caused intensive flooding in some areas. Although the region of North Halton was spared most of the deluge the continuing rain on Wednesday morning was enough to force CJGA tournament officials to take the 11th hole out of play, shortening the course to a 17 hole (par 67) for Round 2 of the competition.
Opening round leader Jack Alward (Wasaga Beach, ON) struggled off the hop in round two posting two double-bogeys in his first 4 holes and making the turn at 6-over-par for the day. He would regain some composure on back 9 finishing at 7-over-par for the day & 2-over for the tournament. The two-day total puts Alward in a tie for the lead going into the final round with Bavake Sihota (Caledon, ON) who seemed to brush off the poor weather conditions that started the day, posting a second round 1-under-par 66 for the low round of the day.
Sihota struggled at first in the rain, posting 3-bogeys in his first 5 holes before making birdie on 18 to make the turn at 2-over-par for the day. He would rally strong on the back nine however, making 4 birdies on his final 7 holes to finish at 1-under-par for the day, vaulting him into a tie for the lead with Alward. The two remain in a tight race however going into the final round with 5 players currently within 5 shots of the lead going into tomorrow.
In the Junior Girls (U19) division, Maggie Hong (Lorraine, QC) continued her solid play despite the soggy conditions, widening her lead over Erin Kim (Toronto, ON) to 4 shots after posting a 9-over-par 76 in round two. Shehna Akbary (Barrie, ON) moved into third spot following a second round 78 and sits just 8 shots back of the lead going into tomorrows final round.
Ryan Somerville (Aurora, ON) continues to lead the Bantam Boys (U15) division. His second round 4-over par 71 was enough to maintain a solid lead over Dylan Norrey (Oakville, ON) and Michael Weber (Burlington, ON) who currently sit 6 & 7 shots back respectively.
It remains a tight race in the Bantam Girls (U15) division between Annie Wanying Yu (Richmond Hill, ON) and Ella Weber (Burlington, ON). Yu who posted a 79 in round two for a two-day total of 157 sits just 2 shots ahead of Weber who’s 77 in round two helped her to erase some of the distance between her and the tournaments ultimate prize.
The final round of the 2018 Eastern Junior Championship presented by TaylorMade will get underway at 7:30 am tomorrow.
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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.