Langley, B.C. (April 10, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) completed in its fifth Junior Tour event of the season this past weekend at Pagoda Ridge Golf Course in Langley, B.C. Despite rough weather conditions on the first day of tournament, junior golfers brought their a-game and swung through sunshine and double digit temperatures on the final day.
Junior Boys (U19)
Andy Jang, 16, from Langley, B.C., took home his second CJGA win this weekend at the CJGA Junior at Pagoda Ridge in the Junior Boys (U19) category. His strong short game and long putts ultimately led him to his success. He shot a 73(+1) on his first day, and a 71(-1) on his second day for a pared total of 144(E).
“I loved the course! The greens were great”, said Jang following his victory. “I feel good today and I had some really good shots. Making birdie to win was great!”
Andy Kim, 17, from Langley B.C., was the runner up in the Junior Boys (U19) category. He had the lead on day 1 scoring a 71(-1), but fell short 4 strokes on day 2 scoring a 75(+3). He finished the weekend with a total of 146(+2).
Junior Girls (U19)
Karen Zhang, 16, from Richmond B.C., took home the title in the Junior Girls (U19) category. Her great drives and successful putts on her second day brought her to her win. Zhang kept a consistent high and low for her tournament total of 152(+9). She finished her day 1 with a score of 78(+6) and finished her day 2 with a score of 75(+3).
“I could have played better if I made more putts, but my approaches were good”, said Zhang after her round. “I feel good about my win today!”
Kate Choi, 17, from Surrey, B.C., was the runner up in the Junior Girls (U19) category. She finished her first round with a score of 81(+9) and finished her second round with a score of 76(+4). Despite a great day 2 come back, Choi finished with second place.
Bantam Boys (U15)
Andy Luo, 14, from Burnaby, B.C., took home his first CJGA win of the season in the Bantam Boys (U15) category. Despite tough weather conditions day 1, Luo found strength through the use of his irons and chipping. He scored 71(-1) in his first round and 76(4) on his second round with four birdies. Lou finished as runner up in his two CJGA events this year so far, but this weekend he finished with a winning total of 147(+3).
“My game plan was to just think about hitting the ball and making the putt”, said Lou on his win. “The course was in good condition. My putting was a weekend, but my irons and chipping really helped”.
Freddy Sun, 12, from Richmond B.C., was the runner up in the Bantam Bots (U15) category by a close draw. Sun had the lead in the first round by one stroke. He finished day 1 with a 70(-2) but fell short on day 2 scoring a 77(+5). He finished the weekend with a total of 147(+3).
Bantam Girls (U15)
Victoria Liu, 14, from Vancouver, B.C., was the Bantam Girls (U15) winner with an incredible day 1 score of 67(-5) and a day 2 score of 69(-3). Despite some difficult par 4s and a tough driver performance on some holes, Liu finished the weekend with an outstanding winning score of 136(-8). Through her great putting and mindset she was the winner of the division. Liu finished as a runner up in her last CJGA event.
“I feel really good about my first CJGA win of the year!”, said Liu on her title. “I kept a good mindset and continued to challenge myself. I felt a lot of pressure but I was sure to stay focused!”
Akari Hayashi, 14, from Victoria B.C., was the runner up in the Bantam Boys (U15) category. She finished her first round with a 74(+2) and her second round with a 68 (-4) for a winning weekend total of 142(-2). Despite her taking the lead in day 2 of the tournaments, her hard efforts brought her to reign as the runner up in her category.
The next CJGA event in British Columbia will take place April 22-23, 2017. The event will be the CJGA Junior at Swan-e-set at Swan-e-set Bay Resort & Country Club in Pitt Meadows, B.C. Juniors will have the opportunity to qualify for the FCG Callaway World Junior Championship in Rancho Mirage, California on July 17-19, 2017.
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. 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.
For Additional Information:
BC Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association