Collins and Zhou win big at Golfweek Canadian Junior Invitational
Congratulations to both the Junior Boys and Junior Girls division winners, as they represent the CJGA moving forward into the Golfweek International Junior Invitational. As a staple in elite junior golf, the competition will be held in Orlando, Florida in November.
Junior Boys Division (U19)
Hole No. 8, proved to be a critical turning point in the game of Cougar Collins, 17 from Caledon, Ont. Until this point, there was little separating the first and second place players.
“I made it easy on myself and hit a lot of greens,” said Collins. “Thomas and I were pretty close together by hole 8, but I made the eagle which gave me a couple strokes.” Collins finished strong on the second day of competition, securing a string of birdies on holes 16, 17 and 18. Collins finished the tournament posting personal best tournament rounds of 67 (-4), after both days of competition, for a total of 134 (-8), to win the Junior Boys division.
In the runner-up position was Thomas Giroux, 17 from Georgetown, Ont. Giroux posted a score of 68 (-3), after the first round of competition, only one stroke behind Collins’ lead. After the final round of competition, Giroux posted a score of 73 (+2), for a two day total of 141 (-1) and second place.
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Ending the first round of play with a 5 shot lead, Zhiying Zhou, 15, from Niagara Falls Ont., confidently navigated her way into day two of the competition. Zhou was able to take the lead, relying on a strong short game performance.
“Today was all about making par saves and maintaining a good attitude”, said Zhou. Her drive to remain positive despite a few bogeys during the second round, helped Zhou maintain a steady momentum and give her confidence to execute the aggressive shots she needed to take to win first place. Posting rounds of 73 (E), 75 (+2) for a total score of 148 (+2), led Zhou to come out on top.
Emily Chu, 17, from Ancaster Ont., proved herself to be a tough competitor, beginning round two strong with an eagle on the first hole. Chu posted scores of 78 (+5), 77 (+4), for a total of 155 (+9) and second place.
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.
For more information, please visit www.cjga.com
Its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians, generously supports the Canadian Junior Golf Association.
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