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Lu, Ko, and Yoo Hold off the field to Capture PUMA Challenge

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Vancouver, B.C. (March 27, 2011) – Cool, damp conditions greeted the juniors at the first PUMA Challenge stop at University Golf Club this weekend, providing great excitement in all divisions. Jordan Lu of Vancouver, BC has started off the season red hot capturing the Boys 14 & Under divisional crown in all three events to start the season. Kevin Ko of Coquitlam, BC has also had a fast start to the season, capturing two out of three Boys 15-19 divisional crowns. Anica Yoo of Coquitlam, BC captured her first divisional crown in her first event on the 2011 schedule and successfully defended her title.
Kevin Ko put together two rounds of consistent play to capture his second title in three starts by four shots over his nearest competitor. Two even par rounds (72-72) lead him to victory after training first round leader Stuart MacDonald of Vancouver, BC who opened with a 68 (-4). “I drove the ball consistently this weekend” said Ko following his round. “I struggled on the second hole with a triple bogey, but I was able to battle back and shoot even par on the front nine” he added. First round leader MacDonald struggled in the final round with an 80 (+8) to secure runner-up in the division along with Victoria, BC native Matthew Broughton, both finishing at 148 (+4).
Lu continued his hot 2011 campaign with a third consecutive divisional title. “I didn’t play great this weekend, but was steady” said Lu, who finished with three birdies and six bogies over the two days to finish the tournament at 147 (+3). “I drove the ball consistently this weekend and never got myself in trouble” he added. Lu finished two shot clear of Curtis Chan of Coquitlam, BC after he closed with a 71 (-1). Third place went to Logan Yanick of Courtenay, BC, finishing the tournament at seven over par (151).
The Girls Division once again provided excitement as Anica Yoo of Coquitlam, BC successfully defended her title in her first event in her 2011 campaign. Heading into the final round tied for the lead, Yoo played steady golf over the final 18 holes shooting even par (72) to capture the title by four strokes. “I hit the ball well this weekend, but was not able to make a lot of putts” stated Yoo. “I was consistent with my driver, but was only able to make four birdies over the two days” she added. First round co-leader Jamie Oleksiew of Surrey, BC managed to hold on to second place after a final round 76 (+4) for a two day 152 (+8). Naomi Ko of Victoria, BC played well over the two days to capture third place in the division finishing the tournament with a 156 two day total.
Tournament Notes
Weather:
First Round: Overcast, 10°C
Final Round: Overcast, 10°C
Lexus Skills Competition Winners
Closest to the Pin
Girls – Anica Yoo, Coquitlam, BC
Boys 14 & Under – Curtis Chan, Surrey, BC
Boys 15-19 – Emmett Oh, Calgary, AB
Long Drive
Girls – Anica Yoo, Coquitlam, BC
Boys 14 & Under – Trevor Yu, Vancouver, BC
Boys 15-19 – Kieran Standen, Edmonton, AB
The next PUMA Challenge will take place in Alberta on May 14-15 at Sundre Golf Club in Calgary, Alberta. Submissions for Team PUMA 2011 are now being accepted – make sure you don’t miss out on the coolest team the CJGA has to offer.
About PUMA
PUMA is one of the world's leading Sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen, Mihara Yasuhiro and Sergio Rossi. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.puma.com.
About the CJGA
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada.. The Canadian Junior Golf Association (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 Founding Partner, LEXUS.
 
For Additional Information:
Brad Parkins
Chief Operations Officer
Canadian Junior Golf Association
1.877.508.1069 ext 221

3/28/2011

 

   
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