Innisfil, Ont. (June 16, 2016) – The wind wasn’t enough to keep Aidan Gavey from winning his division and ending the weekend as the clubhouse leader at the Georgian College Junior Series at National Pines, Innisfil, Ont. Tensions were high as Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Junior Tour golfers jockeyed for the opportunity to represent Team Canada East at the 2016 U.S Kids Golf Teen World Championship, which will be held in Pinehurst, North Carolina next month.
Junior Boys Division (U19)
Aidan Gavey, 16, from Caledonia, Ont., kept it low in the second round while trying to outsmart the wind. His second round had everyone impressed as he eagled the ninth hole, birdied three and pared the rest of the course. Gavey claimed the winning title after firing rounds of 77, 67, giving him a tournament total of 144.
“The course was in great shape with a good amount of tricky holes,” said Gavey. “With such strong winds, I didn’t think I could achieve such a low score.”
Andrew Nagel, 18, from Elmvale, Ont., took home the second place position with six birdies overall and posted rounds of 71 (-1), 79 (+7) for a two-day total of 150.
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Resident of Richmond Hill, Ont., Emily Zhu, 12, played a notable two round this weekend as she posted scores of 77 (+5), 80 (+8) for a tournament total of 157 which was enough to win her the Junior Girls division title.
“I am happy with both of my rounds,” clarified Zhu. “And I am proud to know I can compete against older girls.”
Ellice Hong, Thornhill, Ont., fell into second place after finishing the weekend with rounds of 82, 83 for a two-round total of 165.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
Eli Mathew, 15, from Waterloo, Ont., went into the second round confident and played the winds well in his approach shots. Mathew fired rounds of 81 (+9), 75 (+3) for a tournament total of 156, allowing him to claim the Juvenile Boys division title.
“This was my first time playing at National Pines and it was a great course with fast greens,” described Mathew. “Despite the conditions it was a fun round with tight competition.”
It was a tight second round for Andrew Gognevec, 15, from Parry Sound, Ont., Adam Bain, 16, from Stouffville, Ont., and Tristan Renaud, 15, from Sudbury, Ont., as all three boys finished with round totals of 167.
Juvenile Girls Division (U17)
Maggie Jennings, 15, from Everett, Ont., was thrilled to be crowned the Juvenile Girls division winner after firing rounds of 94, 91 for a tournament total of 185. Jennings went into a playoff round with Lexie McKay where she claiming the winning title and her first CJGA career win.
“I was definitely nervous in the playoff round,” expressed an excited Jennings. “My putting could have been better but I’ll be practicing for the next CJGA event at Hidden Lakes.”
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Bavake Sihota, 14, from Caledon, Ont., secured another win this weekend in the Bantam Boys division posting rounds of 74 (+2), 73 (+1) for a tournament total of 147. Sihota continuously kept it straight off the tee and managed seven birdies over two rounds.
“Coming into the round, I knew I the competition would be tough,” said Shiota. “I made sure I focused on beating the course instead of the players.”
Vick Gu, 13, of Markham, Ont., came in second place alongside Connor Danis, 14, from Iroguois Falls, Ont. The two boys ended the weekend with tournament totals of 161.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Mackenzie Morrison, 13, of Toronto, Ont., stole the first place position in the Bantam Girls division after carding rounds of 79, 84 for a tournament total of 163, making it her third win of the season. Morrison had a confident approach shot despite the wind.
“My strategy was to think one shot at a time,” explains a confident Morrison. “The win was really strong so I wanted to be confident with every shot.”
Jillian Friyia, 11, from London, Ont., followed behind to take home the second place position with rounds of 87, 84 giving her a two-day total of 171.
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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