Burnaby, B.C. – Kelowna golfer Cole Wilson has an early birthday present with a win this past weekend in the Canadian Junior Golf Association Fall Series tournament at Riverway GC in Burnaby, B.C.
Wilson, who turns 17 this week, wins the CJGA Junior division with scores of 70 and 72 for a two-under par 142 total. Vancouver golfer Bill Xu claimed second place in this division carding rounds of 73-78 and a 151 total.
“The course is in amazing shape for this time of year,” explained Wilson. “Yesterday with the rain the greens were a little soft and I was able to throw a lot of great shots in there.
“I had six birdies the first day. I kind of ground it out two-under par 70 and then today with how windy it was it was really all about managing your emotions and making a lot of putts which is what I did all weekend.
“It was great to play some tournament golf this weekend. All the courses in Kelowna where I am from are closing up for the winter. This was the only opportunity to play tournament golf and it was great. Two more Fall tournaments to go and I’m looking forward to those.“
Langley golfer Rebecca Jiang has been playing CJGA tournaments for the past three years. Jiang, grade 12 student at Walnut Grove Secondary, won her first CJGA title carding identical rounds of 77-77 for a 144 total. Jiang edged Burnaby golfer Emily Xu by just one stroke. Xu opened with a score of 81 and then came charging back in the second round with a tremendous score of 74. Xu’s second place scores were 81-71-155.
“That was my first CJGA win,” said Jiang. “I never win anything. Yesterday felt better than today. Today I was just saving a lot of pars and I didn’t have any birdies. I had two birdies the first day.
“I am looking to play on a women’s golf team in college. The plan is to place some good results and make a team somewhere,” added Jiang.
Vancouver golfer Kenneth Wang, 11, won the CJGA Bantam division carding rounds of 74-84-158. Abbotsford golfer Jun Nam finished second in the Bantam division shooting 82-80-160.
“I feel pretty good,” explained Wang. “I felt like I could’ve done better but my overall performance I was very happy with.I felt like I did most things correct. That’s how I felt on the first day and how confident I was. I think I had three birdies on the first day.
It was tough today with my club management and the greens were a little confusing after the rain on the first round.
I don’t really have big plans with my golf. I just like coming out and playing golf with other people and I;m pretty competitive and I like that feeling out on the golf course,” said Wang.
Richmond golfer Tina Jiang won the CJGA Bantam division and her third CJGA title carding rounds of 83-74-157. Surrey’s Coco Pei shot rounds of 79-81-160
“It feels nice to win again, explained Jiang. “On the first day my putting was terrible when I had five three putts and one four putt. I was four strokes behind Coco starting today. After the round I told her I was going to beat her tomorrow – and I did.
“Today I made three birdies. I also had two really close birdie putts and I lipped them out. On the last hole (par 5) I got on the green in two and then I three putted.
“My favorite shot of the day was on the 13th hole. I hit a really nice drive and a nice five wood and I was 49 yards from the pin. I pitched it. It landed right next to the hole so there was a pitch mark next to the hole. It hit the pin and bounced away. And then I made the putt and made my birdie.”
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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