Georgetown, Ont. (July 4, 2016) – Spanning three days, the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Junior Tour golfers went birdie hunting in the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy Eastern Canadian Junior Championship. Playing at Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Georgetown, Ont., golfers put in their best efforts in hopes of rising to the top of their division. Although there was a bit of tricky weather in the final round, the field of golfers made the best of it.
Junior Boys Division (U19)
Grant Lau, 15, from Toronto, Ont., dominated the Junior Boys division after posting an impressive string of rounds, each totalling 73 for a tournament total of 216, finishing six strokes over par. Playing in his sixth year with the CJGA, Lau was pleased to have earned his second CJGA career win.
“Both of my wins have been great,” explained Lau. ” This one is special because the competition and the course were tougher.”
Pulling into second place was John Burghardt, 18, of Oakville, Ont., posting round of 76 (+5), 72 (+1), 74 (+3), giving him a tournament total of 222.
Junior Girls Division (U19)
A CJGA member for four years, Delana Basanisi, 16, from Mississauga, Ont., was awarded the winning position after carding round totals of 79 (+8), 81 (+10), 77 (+6), for a tournament total of 237. Although troublesome weather surprised everyone in the afternoon, Basanisi knew how to handle it.
“I always kept the weather in mind when selecting my club,” described Basanisi. “I made sure to play with the wind instead of against it.”
Ellice Hong, 17, from Thornhill, Ont., was awarded second place after posting rounds of 86, 73, 84, giving her a tournament total of 243.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
Finishing first with five strokes over par and seven birdies over the three rounds in the Juvenile Boys division was Max Wang. Fifteen from Brampton, Ont., Wang carded rounds of 73 (+2), 73 (+2) 72 (+1), for a three-round total of 218.
Jeffrey Fang, 13, of Newmarket, Ont., came into the runner-up position with rounds of 73 (+2), 75 (+4), 76 (+5), giving him a tournament total of 224.
Juvenile Girls Division (U17)
Zhiying Zhou, 15, from Niagara Falls, Ont., was pleased to take home first place for the Juvenile Girls division after firing round totals of 81, 76, 90, for a total of 247. This was not her first CJGA win, but she was just as excited. “Although the field was smaller this time, I had to battle the weather as well as my opponents to earn this win.”
Winning second place was Grace Mitchell, 14, from Kitchener, Ont. Mitchell posted rounds of 99, 94, 94, giving her a total of 287.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Nicholas Lin, 14, from Toronto, Ont., won first place with six birdies overall and round totals of 83, 74, 77, for an overall total of 234.
Taking second place was Nicholas Adair, 14, from Kingston, Ont. Adair followed two strokes behind Lin, finishing with rounds of 73 (+2), 74 (+3), 89, for a tournament total of 236.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Taking home her first CJGA Junior Tour win was Claire Hwang, 14, from Maple, Ont. Hwang was awarded this win after finishing the tournament with rounds of 89, 85, 88 for a total of 262. Although she has previously won on the CJGA Linkster Tour, this one felt sweeter. “I have one win on the Linkster Tour, but winning on the Junior Tour is a lot more exciting because the competition is stronger.”
A stroke behind Hwang was Jue Wen, 14, from North York, Ont. Wen finished in second place with round scores of 84, 87, 92 for a three-round total of 263.
About the Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy
The GNCGA is built on the professional playing career and instructional know-how of Greg Norman to provide a comprehensive development platform for golfers seeking to dramatically improve their ability to compete effectively and win.
GNCGA provides expert coaching and instruction based on a proprietary teaching methodology that effectively develops and reinforces proper fundamentals while integrating the individuality of each player’s body and swing, with the state-of-the-art equipment.
Our aim is to provide golfers in the U.S. and abroad with an instructional program and training environment in which the ability to play collegiate and professional golf can be fully developed. By opening our doors to these young players, we can provide them with consistent, effective training based on direct experience of what it takes to compete and win at every level of the game.
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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