Pitt Meadows, B.C. (September 9, 2016) – After a busy summer of golf, junior golfers were all in good form over the Labour Day weekend. We witnessed some outstanding performances from all competitors at the Meadow Gardens Golf Club, for the first stop on the Canadian Junior Golf Association Fall Series.
Junior Girls (U-19)
Fresh off an AJGA playoff win in Sun River, Oregon, Coquitlam golfer Euna Han, 14, used her home-course knowledge to win the Junior Girls division. Han posted rounds of 73 (+1), 76 (+4), for a total of 149 (+5). Han edged out Duvall, WA golfer Sarah Lawrence, who finished in second place after carding rounds of 81, 80, for a total of 161.
“I was super tired,” explained Han, who with this tournament recorded her 10th CJGA victory. “It was a long drive back from Oregon, but I knew it was the right thing for me to play this tournament. This is my home course. Today just wasn’t my day because the putts didn’t drop. That’s okay. It feels good to finish off the summer with a couple of wins.”
Junior Boys (U-19)
Richmond, BC golfer Nicolas Miu, 17, won his first CJGA title in spectacular fashion with a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff, over Langley’s Willis Lee. Miu carded rounds of 72 (E), 76 (+4), for a total of 148 (+4), while Lee shot 71 (-1), 77 (+5) for a total of 148 (+4).
“I almost blew it,” explained Miu. “I finished par-bogey-bogey and Willis finished birdie-par-birdie. “He’s a good player and I didn’t want to go into a playoff. I made a mistake and pulled a driver out on the last hole and I shouldn’t have. I pulled it into the water and made a silly bogey and forced the playoff.”
“It feels great to win,” said Miu, in his second year of competitive golf. “It feels like the highlight of my golf. Hopefully there’s more to come.”
Juvenile Boys (U-17)
Andy Jang, 15, from Langley, BC won the Juvenile Boys title finishing at even-par for the tournament carding rounds 75 (+3), 69 (-3), for a total of 144 (E). Surrey golfer and first-round leader Peter Zhang finished in second place. Zhang posted rounds of 72 (E), 81, for a total of 153.
“That’s my best score this summer,” said Jang. “It feels good. Really good! Today I had six birdies and three bogies. I finished with a birdie and that was good. My game is getting better. Now when I think I’m playing bad I’m only like two or three over.”
Bantam Girls (U-15)
Vancouver, BC golfer Angela Zhang, overcame a bought of nerves to win the Bantam Girls division carding rounds of 78 (+6), 79 (+7), for a total of 157. Langley, BC’s Emma Yang finished second with rounds of 83, 77 (+5), for a total of 160.
“I think when you get down to the end it gets to your head,” explained Zhang of the pressure she felt on the back nine. “When you stop thinking that and just get the ball in the hole – it can ruin your mental game. One of the strengths in my game is my mental approach but today something went wrong. I have to focus on playing my own game and what other people do is out of your control.”
Bantam Boys (U-15)
Burnaby, BC golfer Andy Luo won the Bantam Boys title shooting consistent rounds of 73 (+1), 73 (+1), for a total of 146 (+2). Luo edged out another Burnaby golfer, Leo Harper who claimed second place. Harper posted rounds of 77 (+5), 76 (+4), for a total of153.
“My putting and my iron play was good,” said Luo. “My short game was good. I practice every day at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course because one day I want to play the PGA Tour.”
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