Victoria, B.C (March 13, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) hosted its second CJGA Junior Tour event of the season this past weekend in Victoria, B.C. Despite golfing through cloudy skies and rain all weekend, juniors brought their a-game to the CJGA Junior at Cordova Bay.
Junior Boys (U19)
Lucas Wu, 17, from Vancouver, B.C., took home his second win this year in the Junior Boys (U19) category. Wu spent the past year in China working on his golf game, recently returning to Canada and joining Richmond GC as a member. He took a 6-month tournament hiatus and has now one two consecutive tournaments. Wu sank long putts on a course with a lot of par 5 holes. He had an incredible two days with a score of 68(-3) in his first round, which included five birdies and an eagle. He finished with a 68 (-3) in his second round, bringing him to winning total of 136(-6).
“I haven’t played with the CJGA in about a year and it feels good coming back from China. I have never shot two rounds of such a low score as I am always in the 80s”, says Wu. “I try to focus on every shot as my mental game is quite important”.
Keaton Gudz, 17, from Victoria, B.C., was the runner up in the Junior Boys (U19). Gudz shot a striking 69(-2) in the first round, only trailing by one stroke. Despite five birdies on day two, Gudz finished his second round with a 70(-1), falling behind just a few strokes of Wu.
Junior Girls (U19)
Shirin Anjarwalla, 16, from Nanaimo, B.C., finished first place in the Junior Girls (U19) category. Anjarwalla has played in a handful of CJGA events over the past year, but this weekend at Cordova Bay was her first time taking home a division title. Her course management and sharp short game skills is what contributed to her day one score of 78(+6) and day two score of 73(+1). Despite tough greens, Anjarwalla had a combed 2 day winning total of 151(+7).
“My strategy was to keep calm day by day and focus on my own thing that’s what Ive been working on with my coach”, says Anjarwalla. “This win is exciting for my first tournament of the year and it’s a great way to start the season! I expected the best and played well”.
Ayano Takasaki, 17, from Victoria B.C., trailed behind by 8 strokes, putting her in the second spot of the Junior Girls (U19) division. She shot a 79(+7) in her first round and an 80 (+8) in her second round for a two day total of 159(+15).
Bantam Boys (U15)
Rongzhi Fan Ji, 14, from Victoria B.C., took home the title in the Bantam Boys (U15) category. With great chipping techniques and sinking tough putts, Fan Ji was able to break the 3-player tie after the first round and reign above the other competitors. He moved from Uruguay 2 years ago, and achieved his first CJGA win at his first CJGA event this weekend at Cordova Bay. He was tied with Chase Basanta and Scott Roberts with a 78(+7) in his first round, and then shot a winning 75(+4) in his second round bringing him to a tournament total of 153(+11).
“It was a pleasure to play with the CJGA. It was tough, but I played very well. It was exciting to play with Chase and Scott, despite the pressure it was a lot of fun”, says Fan Ji.
Chase Basanta, 14, from Victoria B.C., was tied for the first place title after day one with a score of 78(+7). Despite a birdie in his second round, Basanta shot a 76(+5), bringing him behind Rongzhi Fan Ji by just one stroke.
Bantam Girls (U15)
Cindy-Cruise Koira, 14, from Victoria B.C., was the Bantam Girls (U15) winner with a day one score of 80(+9) and a day two score of 76(+5) for a winning total of 156(+14). Koira competed in her first tournament of the year, and through her dedicated practices though the winter at the driving range, she was able to achieve her goal of shooting under 80 for a division title.
“It feels good. I tried my best and played better my second round”, says Koira. “I practiced my putting and took my time to help me win”.
Malania Sidhu was the runner up in the Bantam Girls (U15) category shooting an 89(+18) in her first round and an 83(+12) in her second round for a combined weekend total of 172(+30).
The next CJGA Junior Tour event in BC will take place on March 15 – 17, 2017 for the Humber College PGM Western Junior Championship presented by Tour Performance LAB at Northview G.C.C in Surrey, B.C. Competitors will be given the opportunity to qualify for the BC JR and AJGA.
About the 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.
For Additional Information:
BC Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association