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Hetherman, Gerber and Klekner-Alt Victorious at PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship

Aurora, Ont. (July 28, 2011) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) crowned the 2011 PING Canadian Junior Match Play Champions this afternoon at St. Andrews Valley Golf Club in Aurora, Ont. After three days and four rounds of golf, the final four players in each division entered the day with hopes of taking home the title. Maintaining mental focus became crucial as the physical exhaustion of playing six rounds made it tough for golfers to play their best.

Joey Hetherman of Burlington, Ont. was the winner in the Boys 14 & Under division. In his morning match, Hetherman dispatched Connor Doucette 3&1 to earn a birth into the final against Ben Sear of Stouffville, Ont. The championship match went down to the final hole with Hetherman 1UP. After Sear but his chip past the hole, Hetherman putted out to win the match.
“I’m really happy that I pulled it off today,” he said. “Our match was very intense, but I kept thinking one shot at a time. I was aiming for pars all afternoon and wanted Ben to have to beat me.”
“This is a huge boost for my confidence heading into the national stroke play championship in two weeks. I’d like to thank my coach Mike Pollard of Willow Valley who has really helped my game improve this summer.”
Matt Gerber of Kitchener, Ont. beat Sameer Kalia of Campbellville, Ont. to win the title in the Boys 15-19 Division. As with the younger boys, it was incredibly close all day. Both players showed dominance in winning their previous matches and left nothing on the table this afternoon.
Coming into the eighteenth hole, the match was all square. Niether Gerber or Kalia were more than 1UP throughout the final. Both players pared the final hole and a sudden death playoff was needed to decide the national match play champion. On the first extra hole, Kalia fired his second shot into the water hazard. Not wanting to play it safe, Gerber flushed his hybrid off the eighteenth fairway and landed his ball close to the pin which sealed the victory.
“I’m so relieved right now,” he said. “It’s been a long tournament, but I’m excited about the win. I was fighting my swing all day. I had to keep tough mentally and I slowly started to trust it more and more as the match went on. I kept patient and was able to hit a clutch shot on the playoff hole. Things just have to go your way to win these types of matches.”
In the Girls Division, Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa defeated Sydney MacDonald in the championship match. There were several lead changes throughout the afternoon as both players saw their fair share of success. In the end, Klekner-Alt’s great putting proved too much for the Calgary native as she beat her opponent 3&2.
“I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I really improved my putting which got me through this match. Sydney was consistent all day, but the putts weren’t dropping for her. I got down two early, but I kept reminding myself to play my game. I came back with two straight birdies to even the match which set the tone. I wanted to keep making my pars which would give me a chance in the end.”
The 2011 PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship was one of the most memorable national tournaments in recent memory. The winners will look to defend their title next summer.
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