Airdrie, AB (May 8, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association hosted a Team West Qualifier for the DeLaet Cup this past weekend at Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie, Alberta. The tournament saw a field composed mainly of juniors from Alberta with the exception of a few juniors that made the travel from British Columbia and Manitoba. Juniors had to play through some chilly temperatures on the weekend but it did not prevent them from posting solid rounds at Woodside.
Junior Boys U19
Pride of Calgary, AB Brendan Brown was able to capture his first CJGA tournament win in over four years after shooting rounds of 70-73-143. Brown had not played in a CJGA event in over a year but showed no rust on the golf course to edge a victory by two strokes. Getting back to playing in a CJGA event was something that Brown was looking forward too and he was glad he still had the game to win out on the CJGA circuit.
Brown entered the final round tied for the lead. His putting and short game excelled over the weekend that kept him in the hunt but he would like to see his driving accuracy improve. “Hitting fairways, that was a big weakness, I had to scramble a lot but I was able to manage my way through it”, said Brown in the clubhouse when asked about where he could improve his game.
Marco Trstenjak from Winnipeg, MB and Max Murchison of Calgary AB, finished in a tie for second place just a couple shots back of Brown. Trstenjak had rounds of 74-71-145 which included the lowest final round score in the division. Murchison entered the final round with a share of the lead and finished second after rounds of 70-75-145.
Junior Girls U19
Stephanie Chelack of Calgary, AB managed to capture the Junior Girls title at Woodside Golf Course. Chelack shot weekend rounds of 79-80-159 to comfortably place herself on top of the Junior Girls leaderboard. This was the first tournament that Chelack competed in after making a putter change. Chelack was pleased with her new putter as she made a long birdie putt on hole 1 in her first round.
“It was really nice to start the season off with a win on the CJGA, it is a really good experience to be a part of the tour”, replied Chelack when asked about her first win of the season. Chelack’s putting and driving ultimately lead her to victory as it made up for little mistakes with her short game.
Lucy Urban from Okotoks, AB finished in a solo second place in the Junior Girls division. Urban had rounds of 105-94-199 which included a much improved final round back nine of 46.
Bantam Boys U15
Freddy Sun of Richmond, BC clinched his second victory of the 2017 season in the Bantam Boys division after firing rounds of 71-68-139 to finish as the only player under par. Sun really enjoyed playing Woodside Golf Course and found success on the smooth greens. Sun entered the final round two shots back of the first-round leader but climbed up the leaderboard after shooting the lowest round of the tournament on Sunday.
After claiming victory being two strokes off the first round pace, Sun had a simple game plan coming into the final round, “I was trying to stay calm, I wasn’t really trying to gun for the lead. I was trying to make my pars”. Sun’s putter was the highlight of his Sunday round after making a birdie right out of the gate on one, he was draining long putts all day to cement his win.
Marko Banic from Calgary, AB finished in second place five shots from Sun after he posted scores of 69-75-144. Banic, along with Sun, were the only two players to break 70 in the Bantam Boys division.
Bantam Girls U15
Another junior from Calgary, AB found success this weekend as Tillie Claggett posted rounds of 83-79-162 to claim the Bantam Girls division at Woodside. Claggett entered the final round tied for the lead but was able to pull away after shooting a solid final round score of 79.
“The greens were tough, it was tough to read them, but I got lots of roll on the driver because the fairways were nice and hard, it was a really nice course”, Claggett said in the clubhouse post round, “I had a rough front nine but I had to grind through and pulled through on the back nine”.
Jayla Kucy of Camrose, AB placed second in the Bantam Girls division eight shots back of Claggett. Kucy had rounds of 83-87-170 at Woodside which included an impressive 39 on the front nine on Saturday.
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. Currently in its 25th year, 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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