Chile Crowned Champions of the 2015 Canadian International Junior Challenge
Chile’s Joaquin Niemann Smashes Tournament Scoring Record
Douro-Dummer, Ont. (September 16, 2015) – Entering the final round of the 2015 Canadian International Junior Challenge at Wildfire Golf Club, England had the slight edge over Chile. With consistent efforts from all players on day two, England found themselves two shots ahead. However, with the powerful earthquake that occurred off the coast of Chile last night, players rallied around one another and fought back today. Making only their second appearance in the Canadian International Junior Challenge, Chile shot a final round team total of one-over par (216), finishing with a tournament total of 652 (+4). That was enough for a seven-stroke victory over England, who finished with a 659 (+11) tournament total.
Once again, Chile was led by the 67th ranked amateur in the world, Joaquin Niemann. Niemann saved his best effort for today shooting a final round score of 68 (-4), and set a new scoring record finishing at eight-under par for the tournament. “Like I said earlier in the week, I had been playing well leading up to this tournament, and knew that I could continue to do that. I thought that I would have shot this kind of score earlier in the week, but I am very happy that I could win individually, along with the team,” said an ecstatic Niemann. Throughout the week, Joaquin Niemann took advantage of the front nine, specifically holes 3 thru 8. In only three days, Niemann played those holes 12-under par.
Also finishing under-par today was fellow teammate Agustin Errazuriz. Errazuriz made five birdies on his way to shooting a final round score of one-under par (71). Rounding out the Chilean scoring were Tomás Gana and Thomas Burgemeister. Gana finished with a score of 78 (+6) today, while Burgemeister found himself in trouble on the back nine leading to a score of 80 (+8). “I am very happy with how the team played today. I wanted them to enjoy themselves and play very relaxed, “ said Alejandro Roessler, Chilean Team Manager. “The key today was to stay in the present, and all the players were able to do that.”
With victories in six of their last eight appearances at the Canadian International Junior Challenge, England was unable to continue the consistent play that they had exhibited earlier in the week. They struggled to a final round team total of 226 (+10). On a positive note, Coby Cartwright left off where he started yesterday, making three birdies and three bogies to go along with 12 pars today, shooting an even-par round (72). Cartwright finished in second place in the individual competition. Teammate Billy Spooner used three straight birdies on the back nine to salvage a round of 77 (+5), while Oliver Clarke holed out for eagle on hole 10 on his way to an identical final round total. Rounding out the scoring for England was Gian-Marco Petrozzi who shot a final round 79 (+7), parring his last five holes of the day.
CJGA Team Canada struggled on the course today finishing the tournament in fifth place, with a total of 698 (+50). With a final round score of 75 (+3) Kelvin Lim (Thornhill, ON) finished in third place individually. Ty Celone (Long Sault, ON) shot a final round 77 (+5), while Zachary Greifenberger (Toronto, ON) and Andrew Harding (Bedford, NS) shot a pair of 88’s (+16).
With a final round 227 (+11) team total, Colombia leapfrogged Team USA to finish in third place. Team USA finished the tournament one stroke higher than the Colombians. Costa Rica finished in sixth place with a tournament total of 744 (+96).
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The Canadian International Junior Challenge is one of the marquee events conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) and is the only multi-team international junior golf championship conducted in Canada. This highly recognized event was developed to provide elite junior golfers around the world the opportunity to compete in an international ranked event while experiencing Canadian culture in one of Canada’s finest regions. The event also promotes the building of international relations between juniors and golfing federations.
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