Smith and Dao Capture Division Titles at the CJGA Quebec Junior Open
Hawkesbury, ON (April 27, 2015) Sunny skies greeted junior golfers today at the final round of the 5th annual CJGA Quebec Junior Open at Hawkesbury Golf & Country Club in Hawkesbury, Ontario. Brendan Smith of Ayers Cliff, QC captured the Boys 15-19 division title while Céleste Dao of Notre-Dame Ile Perrot, QC blew the field away in the Girls 15-19 division.
With a pair of birdies and bogeys on the day Brendan Smith shot a final round of 72 (E) to finish the tournament with a total 141 (-3). Despite being the only player in the field to finish under par, Smith knew it was going to be a challenge to win. “I tried to keep the lead with two or three shots but Eric started off started with an eagle and birdie” said Smith referring to runner up Eric Marshall’s excellent start. “It felt great to win. It’s a start to the season and really helps get your confidence going’.
Finishing a tie for the runner position was Smith’s fellow group members, Charles-Eric Belanger of Quebec City, QC and Éric Marshall Ottawa, ON shooting a tournament total of 145 (+1).
Fourteen year old, Céleste Dao, captured her first career CJGA title blowing away the field with twelve stroke victory. Dao stormed out of the gates in round 1 shooting 70 (-2) to take an eight shot lead over her nearest competitor. “Yesterday was my first under par round in a tournament so I’m quite happy about that” said Dao in the clubhouse. Dao followed up her first round performance with a solid round 76 today to finished the tournament with a total of 142 (+2). “It was a good tournament for me. I’m very happy and excited for the win.”
Unable to make up group on Dao Annie Lacombe of Laval, QC finished in runner up position with rounds of 78 and 79 and a tournament total of 157 (+13).
The CJGA Junior Tour will now head to Mirabel, Quebec for the Nike Golf Junior Series at Club de Golf Le Victorien on May 23rd & 24th.
About CJGA Quebec Junior Open
The CJGA Quebec Junior Open is an invitation only event that recognizes top junior golfers in the province of Quebec and Eastern Ontario. The Canadian Junior Golf Association in partnership with Golf Quebec conducts the event, to give exceptional junior golfers the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills at the highest level of tournament golf. Exclusive to the Quebec Junior Open, divisional champions will receive a covenant spot on CJGA Team Canada at the IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, California.
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.
For Additional Information:
Managing Director, Tour Operations
Canadian Junior Golf Association