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Acton, Ont. (June 13, 2011) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) conducted the final round of the Nike Golf Junior Series/ Stephen Ames Cup Qualifier yesterday at Blue Springs Golf Club in Acton, Ont. The tight competition continued from Saturday as two of the three divisions required extra holes to determine the winner. Although cool temperatures and high winds challenged golfers all day on the tough setup, they performed well under the difficult circumstances. Winners in each division earned automatic spots into the Nike Golf Junior Championship and all scores will be taken into consideration for CJGA Team Canada at the Stephen Ames Cup.

Tony Gil of Toronto and Ryan Ahrens of Peterborough, Ont. were tied for the lead after Sunday’s round in the Boys 14 & Under division. They both finished with a 120 (+12) total and entered the playoff seeking for their first win of the year. On the first extra hole, Gil was able to defeat his opponent by sinking a 40-foot putt for birdie to capture the title.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “I had the exact same putt earlier today and sunk it for birdie. I knew the line and was confident that I was going to make it. My short game was great all day and really helped me down the stretch.”
This was Gil’s first tournament on the Junior Tour. He was an active member on the Junior Linkster tour two year ago. Sam McNulty of Port Perry, Ont. carded birdies on No. 1 and 13 to finish the tournament one shot back in third.
Playing in his first tournament with the association, Jeffrey Gardner of Port Carling, Ont. shot a final round 76 (+4) to finish in first place. To go along with his 74 (+2) on day one, he ended with a 150 (+6) total. Scott Banks of Oakville, Ont. carded four birdies, including back-to-back on No. 14 and 15 to finish one shot back in second place. After starting his first five holes at 5-over par, Bryce Evon of Windsor, Ont. played the rest of his round at 2-under-par to finish in a tie for third with Jamison Cass of Georgetown, Ont.
“The course was difficult today with the wind,” said Gardner. “I played consistent golf and just stuck with my game. I was able to hit a lot of fairways with the driver which gave me good chances to stick it close on the green.”
Cadence Hellmann of Shelburne, Ont. defeated Rachel Pollock of Guelph, Ont. on the first playoff hole to win her first tournament with the CJGA. Both players finished the 36-hole event at 168 (+24). Brittany Davidson of Mississauga, Ont. finished in third place.
“I’m excited that I pulled out the win in a playoff,” she said. “I hit some good shots out there and was solid all day. It’s great to capture my first CJGA win in my first tournament with the association.”
The Ontario Junior Tour continues this weekend at Maples of Ballantrae in Richmond Hill, Ont.
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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.
 

 

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