Pitt Meadows, B.C. (September 8, 2017) – The hottest temperature recordings of the year is what the golfers faced this past Labor Day weekend in the CJGA Fall Series at Meadow Gardens GC where it didn’t affect the golfers entered but gave them plenty of things to tell their friends when they return to school this week after summer vacation ends
“It feels pretty good to win,” exclaimed Surrey’s Dustin Franco, winner of the Junior Boys Division.”Something to brag about with the boys back at school.”
Franko, going into his grade 12 year at Seaquam Secondary in Surrey, carded rounds of 74-72-146. Victoria golfer Michael Wu finished in second spot with rounds of 74 and 76 for a 150 total.
“It was hot. Really hot,” said Franko of the sweltering heat and 32 degree temperature. “I drank lots of water and the umbrella on my cart really helped. The heat didn’t affect my game. I was putting really well and made some long putts. That definitely helps a lot”
It took one extra hole with Angela Arora getting up-and-down from the fringe to make a par and edge one of her best friends, Tina Jiang, to win the Bantam Girls division. Earlier this past summer Arora also won the B.C. Provincial Bantam title.
“I am proud of myself,” explained Arora. “Tina’s putting today was really good. She made everything from five and six feet. That was my weakness today because those were the putts I was missing. And then in the playoff she had a six-footer to tie. I thought she was going to make it and then she missed.
“Finishing the season with another win feels good. And I’m glad to have done it against my best friend Tina because she is a really good player.”
Arora from Surrey won the Bantam Girls division in a playoff after shooting 73-78-151 with fellow Surrey golfer Jiang matching with her scores of 76-75-151. Coquitlam golfer Abigaille Chow finished alone in their place carding 83-78-161.
Langley golfer Rachel Chung won the Junior Girl’s Division carding rounds of 83-79-162. Alone in second place was West Vancouver golfer Sandee Park who shot 83-80-163. Meadow Gardens member and Maple Ridge resident Amy Ehlert finished in third place shooting 83-82-165.
“It was super hot out there today but I just came back from Phoenix (Arizona) and it feels just about the same here. I feel like I am used to the heat because it has been hot all summer,” explained Chung, 15. “I had it going pretty good today and then I made a triple bogey on the last hole. That really hurt my score.”
Burnaby golfers Andy Luo and Billy Zhang both carded rounds of one-under par 71 on the first round. These two young golfers have practiced and played together the past two years at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course and would each like nothing more than to win a CJGA tournament.
Luo is no stranger to the CJGA winner’s circle and added another title to his collection this past weekend carding solid rounds of 71-73-144. Zhang slipped on the second day shooting rounds of 71-80-151 and allowing Luo a seven-stroke margin in his win. Victoria golfer Fan Ji Rongzhi (Santiago) finished in their place shooting 76-76-152.
“The first round I hit three balls in the water and the second round I still made mistakes,” said Luo. “I was two-under after two holes today and then choked on the back nine. The heat didn;t really bother me because I had ice water.”
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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