MacLeod, MacLean & MacDonald Victorious at National Pines
Richmond Hill, Ont. (June 16, 2014) – It was a beautiful weekend for golf at National Pines Golf Club. Although there were some challenges with the wind during the first round, the second round started with low winds and the sun shining. Juniors took the course and gave it their all with hopes to leave with their respective divisional title and the chance to qualify for several different tournaments later in the season. Evan MacLean (Sudbury, Ont.), Mitchell MacLeod (Shanty Bay, Ont.) and Diana McDonald (Kingston, Ont.) were awarded their respective divisional titles.
Boys 14 & Under Division
Evan MacLean was awarded the title in the Boys 14 & Under division shooting 5 birdies and carding rounds of 79 – 77 for a two-day total of 156 (+12). Following closely behind the leader was Angelo Giantsopoulos (Richmond Hill, Ont). Giantsopoulous shot 5 birdies also over the two rounds and carded rounds of 79-79 for a two-day total of 158 (+14), leaving him two strokes shy of first place.
“It was a challenging course, you could either score really well on it or get destroyed,” says MacLean. “I felt I stayed very consistent off the tee and my putting was good from 15 feet and over, I am very excited with my win and feel like there is just more to come.”
Boys 15-19 Division
Mitchell MacLeod was victorious in the Boys 15 – 19 division after shooting 1 eagle, 7 birdies and carding rounds of 78- 69 to give him a two-day total of 147 (+3). Isaac Maxwell (Mono, Ont.) was awarded second place shooting 5 birdies and carding rounds of 75-76 to give him a two-day total of 151 (+7).
“The course was in great shape and it was a really good course to play,” said MacLeod. “I didn’t have a lot of time to practice with school so it was nice to see my game falling into place, I hit the fairways and the greens really well and I am pretty excited with my win and hopefully I can just carry the momentum on throughout the season.”
Girls 11-19 Division
Diana McDonald took home first place in the Girls 11 – 19 division after a competitive playoff with Sydney Naro (Toronto, Ont.). Taking to the first hole in the playoff both girls hit amazing drives and pared the first hole. Teeing off the second they both hit good drives, Sydney ending up in the rough to the left of the green leaving her to chip the ball. Diana shot an absolute dart leaving her 10 feet short of the pin. Sydney tried for the putt but came up short leaving Diana to sink her putt shooting a birdie and capturing the title. Both girls carded rounds of 83-75 for a two-day total of 158 (+14).
“I didn’t get to practice over the last week, I was only working on my chipping and putting so I was a little thrown off coming into the tournament knowing that there was some strong competition within the field,” said MacDonald. “The first day my iron shots weren’t very good and my aim wasn’t the best, I hit the green on regulation only on five holes which is not my best. My chipping and putting saved me, and I was lucky enough to par most of the holes. I am really happy with the win and want to keep the momentum going.”
The three medalists for the tournament were:
Boys Under 17: Isaac Maxwell
Boys Under 13: Grant Lau (Toronto, Ont.)
Girls Under 15: Delana Basanisi (Mississauga, Ont.)
– Will Leek (Toronto, Ont.) drove the green on hole 15 and made an eagle
– Zachary Katzenstein (Thornhill, Ont.) captured a hole in one on hole 13 using his 6 iron.
About the Canadian Junior Golf Association
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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 cjga.com
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