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Top Seeds Fall on Day Three at the PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship

Aurora, Ont. (July 27, 2011) – After two tight days of stroke play kicked off the 2011 PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship, golfers began the grueling task of competing one-on-one in two consecutive rounds of match play. Competitors were greeted with optimal scoring conditions and many took advantage with spectacular shots. Several top seeds fell in the morning matches which left the final four spots up for grabs in the strong field of Canadian golfers.

As cousins, Ben Sear of Stouffville, Ont. and Max Sear of Unionville, Ont. have played countless rounds of golf together since they were little. They can be seen supporting each other at various CJGA events and know each other’s game better than anyone else. Tomorrow, however, is a different story as the two face off in the semi-finals of a national junior championship.
Ben was ranked eleventh coming into the opening matches of the day in the Boys 14 & Under Division. He began the day with a 3&2 win over Isaiah Crystal and followed that up by taking out the No. 3 seed Carter Simon 2&1. Max took out Jake Lane 4&3 and No. 2 Lawren Rowe to setup what’s sure to be a great final four match.
“I played solid in both my matches today,” said Ben. “Playing my cousin tomorrow in front of our family is going to be really exciting. I need to keep it in play tomorrow, hit greens and continue to make a lot of putts if I’m going to take him out.”
Connor Doucette and Joey Hetherman are competing in the other semi-final match in the division. Doucette beat Sean O’Hara 1UP and Nicholas Brisbois 2&1 while Hetherman upset Damon Crane 3&2 in his first match and defeated Sam McNulty 1UP in the afternoon.
“I played well under pressure,” said Doucette. “My irons and short game were key to my wins today. I’m pumped about tomorrow and it should turn out to be a great finish.”
Hetherman, playing in his first PING national event, is also ready to compete tomorrow.
“Me and Connor are good friends so I’m excited we’re on the same side of the bracket. I’m happy with my game thus far, but I need to continue to take one shot at a time. I want to focus on making as many pars as possible and keep hitting lots of fairways and greens.”
In the Boys 15-19 Division, Sameer Kalia of Campbellville, Ont. was on fire in both of his matches today. He carded ten birdies and one eagle on 30 total holes. He took out Kacsper Pacewicz 5+3 and No. 1 seed Owen Bates 4&3 to crack the final four.
“I had five putts on the final five holes in my first match to close it out,” he said. “I was on pace for a career round which gave me confidence heading into the afternoon.”
Kalia will play Jackson Taylor of Waterloo, Ont. who had wins over Daniel Raccioppa and Colton Kalkanis
In the other semi-final, Jamison Cass of Georgetown, Ont. will face Matt Gerber of Kitchener, Ont. Cass was victorious over Jacob Lehman 5&3 and Joseph Kremer 4&3. Gerber, the No. 15 seed, beat No. 2 Alex Turner and Branson Ferrier.
Sydney MacDonald of Calgary upset No. 1 ranked Claire O’Neil in the afternoon matches to earn a birth into the Girls 11-19 Division semi-finals. She won 7&5 to go along with her 7&6 win over Sarah Browning earlier.
MacDonald will battle Kennedy Bodfield of St. Catharines, Ont. Bodfield, who slipped to No. 5 after posting the leading score Monday, took out Stephanie Chu and Marlies Klekner-Alt.
“I nailed a lot of clutch putts,” she said. “On No. 15, I hit my tee shot to 40 feet. There was a huge break in the green, but I put it right in the middle. I’m going to need to play my best tomorrow.”
In the other match, Candice Swartz of Georgetown, Ont. will play Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa. Swartz beat Cadence Hellmann 1UP and Brittany Davidson 2&1. Klekner-Alt picked up wins over Allison Armstrong and Alexis Hawerchuk.
“It feels good to be in the final four again,” said Swartz. “The field this year is a lot tougher than in 2008. My chipping is what won me my matches today.”
“Ball striking was the best part of my game,” said Klekner-Alt. “My putts weren’t dropping but I was giving myself a lot of opportunities to make them. I’m confident going into tomorrow, but you win and lose matches on putting so I’ll need to improve that.”
Semi-final matches start at 7:30. Final matches will begin at 1:30 pm. Spectators are encouraged to attend.
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