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Jam-packed Leaderboard Headlines Day One at the PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship

Aurora, Ont. (July 25, 2011) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) conducted the first day of stroke play at the 2011 PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship today in Aurora, Ont. Golfers from around Canada battled the tough St. Andrew’s Valley setup in hopes of making it to the match play portion of the event. Even though thunderstorms delayed tee times early in the morning, juniors were still able to post impressive scores. With an incredibly tight leaderboard in every division, tomorrow is sure to be one for the ages as players attempt to make the cut and crack the top sixteen.

Nine players are within two shots of the lead in the Boys 14 & Under division. Isaiah Crystal of Toronto, Brandon McLean of Markham, Ont. and Lawren Rowe of Victoria, B.C. all sit atop the standings after firing a six-over-par 78. Nicholas Quesnel of Sudbury, Ont. ended the day one stroke back with a 79 (+8). Five players sit tied for third at eight-over-par (80).
Owen Bates of Mississauga, Ont. carded a blistering 69 (-3) for a three-shot lead in the Boys 15-19 division. Alex Turner of Toronto is in second (72) while Cody Kotva of Barrie, Ont. and Joseph Kremer of Don Mills, Ont. are in third (74).
“I’m happy with the way I played today,” said Turner. “I hit a lot of greens in regulation and played a solid overall round of golf. I’m confident heading into tomorrow and hopefully I can grab a high seed for match play portion of the tournament."
Kennedy Bodfield of St. Catharines, Ont. and Sydney MacDonald of Calgary head into day two tied for first. Both players shot a 78 (+6) for a one-shot lead over Claire O’Neil of Etobicoke, Ont. who sits in third.
“It was a tough course, but I played it smart,” said MacDonald. “On number five, I bombed my drive and stuck my approach shot for the easy birdie. The course is really tight and it was a great way to gain confidence early on in my round.”
The event continues tomorrow at 7 a.m. with another round of stroke play. At the conclusion of the afternoon, the top sixteen golfers in each division will be ranked based on their scores and continue onto day three. Spectators are encouraged to attend.
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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.
 

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