Gormley, Ont. (September 14, 2016) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association Junior Tour, battled it out at ClubLink’s Station Creek Golf Club this past weekend. The first round brought wet conditions, while heavy winds persisted throughout both days of the competition. Nevertheless, six junior golfers claimed division titles.
Junior Boys Division (U19)
Keaton Veillette, 17, from Toronto, Ont., was the Junior Boys division winner. With an impressive total of 7 birdies during both days of competition, Veillette came out on top three strokes ahead of his closest competitors. Veillette posted rounds of 74 (+4), 77 (+7) for a two-day total of 151.
Just three strokes behind the leader and tying for second place were James Parsons, 17 from Almonte, Ont., and Matthew Thoms, 18, from Newmarket, Ont. Parsons posted rounds of 77 (+7), 77 (+7), while Thoms posted rounds of 74 (+4), 80. Both boys finished with a two-day total of 154.
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Hailey McLaughlin, 14, from Markham Ont., was the Junior Girls division winner. McLaughlin kept her focus on her shots rather than focus on the weekends less than ideal weather conditions.
“I tried to focus on the next shot and not worry about if it went somewhere I didn’t want it to”, said McLaughlin. “I was tied for the lead after the first round and played with my good friend Raesa, so I had fun but also maintained my focus on the game.” McLaughlin posted rounds of 82, 84, for a two-day total of 166.
Coming in second place was Raesa Sheikh, 13, from Markham Ont. Sheik posted rounds of 82, 88, for a two-day total of 170.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
This is the first CJGA win for Ryan Sabo, 16, from Burlington Ont. Sabo played a great game last weekend with an incredible string of birdies on 5,6,8,9 and 10, that helped him come out on top.
“After 10 I made a double bogey and I knew at that point that I had to hold it together”, said Sabo. “I made a few pars coming down the last stretch that got me to where I am now.” Sabo posted rounds of 77 (+7), 71 (+1), for a two-day total of 148 (+8).
Taking second place was Benjamin Kim. The 16 year old, from North York, Ont., posted rounds of 72 (+2), 79 (+9), for a two-day total of 151.
Juvenile Girls Division (U17)
Victoria Li, 15, from Toronto Ont., was the winner of the Juvenile Girls division. Despite being the only competitor in her age division, Li gave a solid performance during both days of the competition. Li posted rounds of 96, 93, for a two-day total of 189.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Gerry Mei, 13, from North York Ont., was the winner of the Bantam Boys division. Mei battled through the tough conditions of the course and weather.
“I knew today was windy. My strategy was to hit the green no matter what and if I didn’t hit the green, just save par” said Mei. Luckily for Mei, his strategy and hard work paid off. Mei posted rounds of 75(+5), 73(+3), for a two-day total of 148 (+8).
Michael Katsman, 14, from Richmond Hill, Ont., took home second place. Katsman posted rounds of 71 (+1), 83, for a two-day total of 154.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Catherine Zhang, 14, from Toronto Ont., had the home course advantage to win the Bantam Girls division. Like her fellow competitors, Zhang had to modify her strategy to work well with the weather conditions, provided last weekend.
“I tried to get my approach shots near the green”, said Zhang. “I didn’t try to be greedy about getting too much out of the second shot because of the wind.” Zhang posted rounds of 77 (+7), 83, for a two-day total of 160.
Second place went to Allison Tran, 14, from Toronto, Ont. Tran posted rounds of 91, 100, for a two-day total of 191.
About 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.
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