Abbotsford, BC. (May 3, 2016) – A never-give-up attitude allowed Euna Han to shoot a hole-in-one and claim the Juvenile Girls (U17) title at the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Junior Tour at Ledgeview Golf Club in Abbotsford, B.C.
Juvenile Girls (U17)
Euna Han, 13, from Coquitlam B.C., won her third CJGA title shooting 72 (+1), 73 (+2) for a tournament total of 145.
Vancouver’s Tiffany Kong, 15, carded scores of 73 (+2), 76 (+5) for a two day total of 149 to finish tied for second-place with Richmond B.C., golfer Karen Zhang, 15, who shot 73 (+2), 76 (+5), for a two day total of 149.
“I made some mistakes that didn’t help my score,” explained Han about the start of her first round. “But I never gave up and I kept trying and trying and made my third competitive hole-in-one.”
Han holed out two shots in a row starting with a chip-in birdie on the par four 7th hole the proceeded to sink her next shot on the par-three 8th hole. The hole-in-one earns Han a one-year supply of Beef Jerky from CJGA sponsor, Big Chief Beef Snacks.
“I couldn’t see it go in because the pin was behind a mound,” said Han. “The people around the green saw it and said it took one bounce and rolled in.”
Juvenile Boys (U17)
Andy Kim’s putter saved him on the tricky greens. He shot rounds of 75 (+5), 73 (+3) for a tournament total of 148 to win the Juvenile Boy’s division. Kim, 16, from Langley B.C., finished four strokes clear of Vancouver golfer Andy Spalti, 16, finishing alone in second place shooting 75 (+5), 77 (+7) giving him a tournament total of 152.
“My shots were off but my putting really helped me,” said Kim. “Now I know what to work on for upcoming tournaments.”
Bantam Girls (U15)
It took one-extra playoff hole to determine the winner in the Bantam Girl’s division. After 36-holes, Vancouver golfer Mai Hayashi, 12, and Burnaby B.C., Emily Xu, 14, were both tied with totals of 167. Xu carded rounds of 88, 79, for a tournament total of 167 while Hayashi shot 89, 78, showing a two day total of 167.
On the first extra playoff hole, Hayashi tapped in a short putt for bogey to win her second CJGA Bantam title.
“I was really nervous for the short putt,” explained Hayashi. “It wasn’t very long but I made it.”
Bantam Boys (U15)
Richmond B.C., golfer, Freddy Sun, 12, had what he described as a “marvelous par” on the par-five 18th hole to win the Bantam Boys title.
“I had a really bad start,” explained Sun. “I started with a couple bogeys but thankfully made some birdies to help my score.”
Andy Luo, 13, from Burnaby B.C., finished second carding scores of 78, 80, for a two day total of 158.
Junior Girls (U19)
Team Canada Junior Development Team Member, Hannah Lee, 16, added another CJGA trophy to her collection, shooting rounds of 72 (+1) 75 (+4) for a two day total of 147 to win the Junior Girl’s division.
“It was harder today,” said Lee who has committed to attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 2017. “My putting wasn’t under control. My tee shots were not so good. I was hanging in there all day. A couple of birdies helped the score.”
Sharon Park, 17, from Surrey, B.C., finished second carding rounds of 82, 82, for a tournament total of 164.
Junior Boys (U19)
Seowon Chang, 18, from Surrey B.C., won his first CJGA Junior Boys title firing rounds of 85, 81 for a two day total of 166.
Vancouver’s Jason Chin finished second with rounds of 94, 88, for a tournament total of 182.
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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