MacDonald, Chun, Lee & Borovilos Hold the Early Lead in their Divisions After Opening Day of the Mizuno National Junior Championship
Innisfil, Ontario (August 27, 2018) – Markham, Ontario’s Dylan MacDonald was the only player able to best par on opening day of the CJGA’s Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship at the challenging National Pines Golf Club and holds the current lead in the Junior Boy’s (U19) Division. His opening round of one-under-par 71 was enough to give him a four-shot cushion over Sam Hogan (Burlington, ON), Yuqi Liu (Thornhill, ON) and Brendan Dunphy (Whitby, ON) who each fired opening rounds of three-over (75).
The par 72 championship golf course played tough on day one and was made only tougher by the early weather conditions that moved through the South Simcoe region. Light rain & wind with warm air conditions had players struggling to reach their comfort level on the course early on.
MacDonald, who started his round at 9:27 am towards the end of the rain focused on keeping the ball in play and trusting his putter. The strategy paid off early on with 6 birdies on his opening 9-holes to make the turn at 5-under (31).
“I just wanted to hit the ball in the fairway, get on the green and get it in the hole as fast as possible.”
His confidence waivered a little on the back nine after a missed 4-foot birdie put on number 10 which he followed up with back to back bogeys on holes 11 & 12. He managed to pull it together though and a string of late pars allowed him to close his back nine with a 4-over (36) keeping him under par on his round.
“On the front nine I just sort of was hitting the centre greens and making my puts but the back nine got a little wayward but I was able to grind it out. I missed a 4-footer on 10 and my confidence got shaken but I just had to pull it together there.”
Over in the Junior Girls (U19) Division, Adele Chun (Richmond Hill, ON) put together a solid opening round of 6-over (78) to take a narrow one-shot lead going into Tuesday over Erin Kim (Toronto, ON), and a 2-shot margin over defending champion Sarah Gallagher (Burlington, ON).
The Leaderboard is also tight in the Bantam Boys (U15) division with Kevin Lee (Markham, ON) holding a narrow one-shot margin over Andrew Zhu (Richmond Hill, ON) and American Kevin Zhao (Buffalo, NY). After an up and down start to his round Lee managed nine consecutive pars on the back nine to close with an opening round 2-over (74).
2018 Drive Chip & Putt Champion, Vanessa Borovilos currently holds the lead in the Bantam Girls (U15) after an opening round of 1-over (73). The score gives her a 4-stroke margin over Katie Cranston (Oakville, ON) who put together a solid opening round 4-over (76). Alexa Oullette (Toronto, ON) carded a 10-over (82) on day one to sit in solo third place.
Round two of the Mizuno National Junior Championship begins tomorrow at 7:30 am.
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