Juniors Tackle the Ever-Challenging DiamondBack Golf Club
Richmond Hill, ON (July 8, 2015) The CJGA Junior Tour stopped in Richmond Hill, Ontario at DiamondBack Golf Club earlier this week to take on the tough ClubLink course. With the course in great condition, juniors received wonderful weather and posted some great scores over the course of the tournament. Taylor Beckstead, Adamo Di Tullio, Victoria Zheng, and Emily Zhu each captured victory in their respective divisions.
With a large field to contend with, Taylor Beckstead of Alliston, ON fired two solid rounds to grab his first career CJGA win. A packed leaderboard was seen after the first round, with 10 players within four shots of the lead. Taylor, who started two shots back to begin the day, shot a final round 72 (E) to post a tournament total of 148 (+4) for a four-stroke victory. After the round, Beckstead reflected on his performance. “I played well all week. I had a lot of birdies, including five today, which allowed me to post such a great score to finish it off.” The 15 year-old Beckstead was excited to get his first CJGA win, especially on a course like DiamondBack. “It’s a great course, and some really tough holes are out there. The par-4 13th was tricky for everyone, because it’s so long and you have so much to navigate,” explained a smiling Taylor on Tuesday.
Connor Riley of Oakville, ON, who held the lead after the first round, finished runner-up to Beckstead with rounds of 74-78 for a tournament total of 152 (+8).
Boys 14 & Under
Brampton native Adamo Di Tullio showed his stuff at DiamondBack, claiming the Boys 14 and Under division in wire-to-wire fashion. After a first round 75 (+3), that included four birdies, Adamo shot a final round 74 (+2) for a 36-hole total of 149 (+5). While some aspects of his game were shaky, others were on fire. “My driver wasn’t the best this week. But I made a lot of mid-range putts that helped me save par and keep a good score going,” said Di Tullio post-round on Tuesday. This was Adamo’s first career CJGA Junior Tour win, and he’s looking forward to continuing his success as he jumps back into action at Bathurst Glen this Friday on the CJGA Linkster Tour.
Julian Crupi (Woodbridge, ON) finished strong to post a tournament total of 154 (+10) and claim second place for his 2nd top-five finish on the CJGA Junior Tour this season.
In the Girls 15-19 division, Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, ON captured another CJGA Junior Tour victory. As the long competitor in her division, Zhu held in strong and finished respectfully. As a 12 year-old, Emily competed in the Girls 15-19 division for the first time this season and looks forward to more success with the CJGA this summer.
Girls 14 and Under
Victoria Zheng (Markham, ON) claimed a come-from-behind victory in the Girls 14 and Under division at DiamondBack Golf Club this week. After trailing by two shots heading into Tuesday, Victoria shot a second round 83 (+11) to capture her first career CJGA win. Her two birdies on Tuesday, including one on the tough par-3 12th hole, catapulted Zheng into the winner’s circle. As the CJGA season goes on, Victoria looks to continue her success in more prominent CJGA events, as she is competing in the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship and the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship later this summer.
Claire Hwang of Maple, ON followed Zheng at DiamondBack, claiming 2nd place for her first top-3 finish of the CJGA season.
The CJGA Junior Tour has a busy week coming up next week, with the Golfweek Canadian Junior Invitational at Legends on the Niagara in Niagara Falls, ON from July 13-14 and the Ontario PGA Junior Open at Pheasant Run Golf Course from July 16-17 in Sharon, ON.
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.
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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