CJGA Ontario Junior Series at Emerald Hills Concludes With Playoff
-Juniors Earn Exemptions into PING and Mizuno National Championships-
Stouffville, ON (May 4, 2015). The 3rd CJGA Junior Tour event in Ontario concluded last weekend at the Emerald Hills Golf Club in Stouffville. The CJGA Ontario Junior Series event featured juniors that could be exempt into the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship and the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship.
Capturing first place for the Girls 14 & Under division was Mackenzie Morrison of Toronto with a final score of 88. She started off strong with 2 birdie’s and a bogey within the first 6 holes. Mackenzie was overall pleased with her performance, as this was her first win with the CJGA.
Moving forward, Mackenzie hopes to improve her aim on driving as she think’s this is her biggest area in which she can improve. Mackenzie will also be competing in the CJGA Junior at Station Creek this upcoming weekend.
Close behind, was Vaijayanti Bharkhada of Brampton. Vaijayanti had a final score of 89, and remained a stable player throughout the course.
Eli Mathew a 7-year strong CJGA member from Waterloo finished the event in first place for his division. Eli had a final score of 78, just winning by a one-stroke difference. He felt great about his win, and had set out a prior game plan. He definitely followed this simple but smart plan, which was to “shoot low and win”, said Eli Mathew. Eli loved the course, but did mention that he thought the greens were tough and it was narrower than he had expected. Although he thought his driving had room for improvement, he still did exceptionally well overall.
With a one-stroke difference, Cody Clark of Little Britain, ON rightfully earned second place for his division. Finishing with a final score of 79, Cody was a steady and focused player.
Natasha thought that the course was difficult, yet overall was proud with her performance. This was not only her first career title won with the CJGA- but was also her first tournament as a CJGA member. Reflecting upon her performance, she gave some advice for future golfers to “[not] let a bad shot bring you down” said Stasiuk.
Second place was scooped up by Annabel Ngo of Toronto with a final score of 105.
Akrish Abbas of Oakville captured the Boys 15-19 division, after a playoff win, with a final score of 79(+8). Akrish performed remarkably well, and is currently starting his second year as a CJGA member. This being his first career CJGA title win he can’t wait to play in another tournament. Akrish remained very steady and strong throughout the first 9, in which he met par 7 times, with one bogey and one birdie.
Unfortunately, Ryan Trapp lost in the playoff for first in the Boys 15-19 division. Trapp also attained a final score of 79, and finished strong.
All divisional winners and runners-ups will now gain entrance into both the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship and also the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship. The CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship will be taking place on July 27th through the 30th and will be held at Lakeridge Links Golf course in Whitby, ON. Shortly after, on August 10th through 13th will be the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship held at Rockway Vineyards in St. Catherines, ON.
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.
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