St. Catharines, Ont. (September 2, 2016) – The final round of the CJGA Mizuno National Championship was one two remember. We saw two playoffs take place for both the Junior and Juvenile Boys divisions. Low scores made for an interesting and pressure packed tournament.
Junior Boys Division (U19)
The Junior Boys division boasted the most exciting finish of the tournament yesterday. Johnny Travale, 15, from Stoney Creek, Ont., and Robbie Latter, 15, from Mississauga, Ont., went into a two-hole play off to decide the winner. Travale birdied the second playoff hole to take the championship. Over four days, Travale shot impressive round totals of 70-66-74-68 for a tournament total of 278. As a returning champion to the CJGA Mizuno National Championship, he knew that patience would be his greatest asset as he sat three back from Latter. Travale admits the key to his success was riding a hot putter.
Latter kept a tight hold as the division leader but fell short in the final day, despite shooting the lowest round of the tournament. Latter stumbled a bit on his final round but finished the tournament with a four round total of 278, losing on the second hole of the playoff.
Junior Girls division (U19)
It has been an unpredictable tournament for the junior girls division with a constant change in leadership. Emily Ward, 16 of Niagara Falls and Victoria Zheng, 12, from Markham, Ont., kept passing the lead back and forth until Ellice Hong, 17, of Thornhill, Ont., swooped in to win the Junior Girls division title. A strong start on her final round set her up for success as she moved on to sink three more birdies and par more than half the course. Hong posted round totals of 76-71-72-73 giving her a four-round total of 292.
Ward, kept it low for three rounds of the tournament, but felt the pressure in her final round. With round totals of 70-73-74-76, she came in second place with a tournament total of 293.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
Marco Trstenjak, 16, from Winnipeg, MB, ended his final round with a 3-over par 74, which was good enough to force a playoff against Freddy D’Angelo, 15, from Fonthill, Ont., as they both sat with tournament totals of 288. Trstenjak defeated D’Angelo on the first hole and was awarded the win. Over four rounds, Trstenjak knew it was the crucial putts that would ultimately give him the lead. D’Angelo, unable to break out of second place, still had a great round with three birdies and par on 12 holes, but he fell short in the pressure packed playoff.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Bavake Sihota, 14, of Caledon, Ont., capped off his landslide victory in the Bantam Boys division yesterday by posting a 1-under 70, for a tournament total of 286. Sihota’s round featured two bogeys, four birdies, and twelve holes at par. Great course conditions helped to balance out difficult pin locations to help secure his lead.
Sharing second place were Peter Blazevic, 12, from Burlington, Ont., and Connor Danis, 15, from Iroquois Falls, Ont. Maintaining his third round position, Danis couldn’t make the jump into first place but still finished with a respectable round total of 296. However, Blazevic moved up when no one was looking with round totals of 75-73-74-74
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Victoria, Liu, 13, of Vancouver, BC, who entered the final round with a four-stroke lead, secured victory by shooting a final round 2-over par 73. Liu came through making pars on holes 16-17 and birdies on 15 and 18, for a four shot victory. Liu went through the tournament with totals of 74-77-71-73 giving her a tournament total of 295.
Jue Wen, 14, from North York, Ont., finished runner up after posting round totals of 74-79-75-71 for a four-round total of 299, leaving her four strokes short of the lead.
It has been another successful year for the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship. We are always thankful to parents and athletes for continuing to support us, as well as Rockway Vineyards for their hospitality and Mizuno Canada for their valued support.
About the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship
Mizuno Canada Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mizuno Corporation, one of the largest specialty sporting goods manufacturers in the world. Mizuno Canada Ltd. manufactures and distributes golf, baseball, softball, running, rugby and volleyball equipment, apparel, and footwear for Canada. Mizuno Canada Ltd. is based in Mississauga, Ontario. For more information please visit www.mizuno.com or visit us on Facebook at Mizuno Golf North America and on Twitter @Golf_Mizuno
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.
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