Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (March 22, 2015) – Near perfect weather conditions greeted the international field of junior golfers as the final round of the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Spring Break Junior presented by Core Golf Academy wrapped up today at Mission Inn Resort & Club. It was the Las Colinas course that challenged the players and for a second day proved a worthy test for the field.
The course itself was not enough to slow down players from the Core Golf Academy as they swept the awards winning all four divisions as well as the boys team competition. Juliana Camargo, 12, was able to force a playoff in the Girls 14 & Under division, clinching the title with a par on the second playoff hole.
Boys 14 & Under
Maxime Bazilier from Russia increased the margin of victory to 11 strokes after heading into the final round with a six stroke lead. With rounds of 86-82 (168) the victory is the first for Bazilier in the United States in seven tournament starts.
“Being my first victory in America I am really, really happy” said Bazilier. “I did not start as strong as I would have liked yesterday and today but I was able to come around and play better part way through the final round. My putter was much better today after I missed some short putts yesterday.”
Fellow Core student and fellow Russian Georgiy Voronov was able to move up in the final standings finishing runner-up after shooting a final round 82 (+10) to finish at 177. Canadian Luca Carestia from Ancaster, ON finished in third place with a 178 total.
Girls 14 & Under
Twelve year old Juliana Camargo headed into the final round one stroke off the pace and was able to force a playoff with first round leader Hailey McLaughlin. Camargo and McLaughlin finished the tournament with 165 (+21) two-day totals, shooting 80 and 81 respectively. After halving the first playoff hole, Camargo capitalized on a great tee shot on the par 3 2nd hole to capture the division title
“I was quite anxious yesterday and did not play my best but today I felt much better” said an elated Camargo. “I fixed my driver and woods and my putter was really good today. I was a little nervous going into the playoff but have been in one before and won that so it didn’t get to me too much.”
McLaughlin, a Markham, ON native had an opportunity to win the tournament on the first playoff hole but just missed a 5-footer, eventually falling just short on the next hole.
“I have been at Core three months and it has helped my game in all ways” Camargo added. “I want to thank Core, my coaches, my parents and little brother for their support, and my friends who give me support and confidence.
Pierrefonds, QC resident Emily Romancew finished in third place after shooting a final round 84 (+12) and just four strokes off the lead.
Entering the final round in a tie for the lead, Anthony Truong from Vietnam knew patience would be the key to victory. “I knew I needed to stay patient today and I would make the shots I wanted and putts would drop for me” Truong said. “I have been struggling with my swing recently so to get my first win of the season is hopefully a sign of good things to come.”
Truong followed his 2-under par round yesterday with a round of 73 (+3) to finish at 145 (+1) and a two stroke margin of victory over first round co-leader Lewis Reid. Reid closed the tournament with a final round 77 (+5) to finish at 147.
“It was a great event and I want to thank the CJGA and my coaches for all the hard work they have put in with me.”
Matthew Anderson from Mississauga, ON shot a final round 72 (E) to finish the tournament in third place with a 150 (+6) two-day total.
Korean Annie Kim shot a final round 71 (-1) and widened the margin of her nearest competitor to nine strokes when all was said and done. Kim got off to a hot start going four under par on her first nine holes before finishing at 1-under and a 148 (+4) tournament total.
“I hit a lot of fairways which made it easier to hit greens on the front nine” Kim said. “I changed my putter on Friday so I was a little nervous going into the event but it went better than expected and I made more putts today that I did yesterday.”
Manotick, ON resident Julia Malone put together a solid final round shooting 75 (+3) to finish runner-up to Kim. After opening with a round of 80 (+8), Malone settled herself to finish the event with a 157 (+13) two-day total.
“I had my parents on my mind throughout the round today and I was really pleased I was able to capitalize on my strong play and win the event. I want to thank them for their love and support along with my coaches at Core, it was a great event” Kim added.
Boys Team Competition
In the boy’s team competition, Core Golf Academy #1 went wire-to-wire to capture the first team competition in the events short history by a commanding 27 stroke margin. The team shot a final round 229 (+13) team total finishing with a 450 two-day total. Core Golf Academy #1 team consisted of Anthony Truong, Lewis Reid, David Rimmele, and Dustin Barr. Core Golf Academy #2 team finished in second place with a 477 team total followed by Golf Performance Coaches #2 team at 478. Golf Performance Coaches #1 team finished in fourth position followed by the Mississauga Golf Academy.
Tournament Information: CJGA Spring Break Junior presented by Core Golf Academy
About Core Golf Academy
Core Golf Academy is a full time residential golf academy designed to prepare young golfers for success in junior golf, collegiate golf and beyond. Core Golf Academy pursues the highest standards of excellence. We attract and develop the best coaches in junior golf, who themselves pursue the highest level of character and competence. Core Golf Academy coaches support all students in the pursuit of their goals in a hardworking but fun environment where staff and students challenge, encourage and respect each other.
Our world class team of coaches are trained and mentored by Sean Foley, PGA TOUR coach to such stars as Hunter Mahan, and Justin Rose.
For more information visit www.coregolfacademy.com
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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