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Crowded Leader Board After Round 1 at CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship

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Waterloo, Ont. (August 8, 2011) Rain and lightening was in the forecast for day 1 of the CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship but Mother Nature decided to provide a beautiful day with ideal playing conditions for this talented field of 104 junior golfers. Players were able to take advantage of the good conditions and get the better of the tough Grey Silo layout. There is a log jam of impressive scores at the top of leader board in each of the divisions, which should provide some exciting golf in the days to come.
 
In the Girls division Rachel Pollock of Guelph, Ont. fired an opening round 77 (+6) to take the lead going in to round 2. Pollock has certainly gained some momentum since the Lipton Brisk Canada Cup taking place in July where she played a pivotal role in Team East’s triumph over Team West. Behind Pollock is Grace Howie of Ottawa, Ont. carding an opening round 78 (+7), Howie will be representing CJGA Team Canada at the 2011 Stephen Ames Cup taking place at Canyon Meadows Golf Club in Calgary, Alta. next week. In a tie for third behind Howie is Pincourt, QC native Shannon Lee Greenshields who recently played in the Riverwoods Junior Open in Breda, Netherlands representing CJGA Team Canada. Along with Greenshields is Begum Yilmaz from Istanbul, Turkey who will be trying to use some momentum from last week’s win at Bethesda Grange Golf Club, both girls shot 79 (+8).
 
In the Boys 14 and Under division CJGA standout Jonathan MacDonald of Mississauga, Ont. was able to card an opening round score of 71 (E). “My recovery game shaved a lot of strokes off my game today” admitted MacDonald. “I’m just going to go out there tomorrow, stay positive, and hopefully play like I did today” explained MacDonald. Two shots behind MacDonald is Burlington, Ont. native and 2011 CJGA Canadian Junior Match Play champion Joey Hetherman shooting an opening round score of 73 (+2). Rounding off the talented leader board is Logan Yanick of Courtenay, BC firing an opening round score of 74 (+3). Yanick recently represented CJGA Team Canada at the 2011 Euro Junior Golf Cup in St. Andrews, Scotland. With a wealth of experience in national and international play between these players we should see some exciting battles on the golf course this week.
 
In the Boys 15-19 division Branson Ferrier of Barrie, Ont. and Jerome Gosselin of Ste-Therese, QC are tied in first spot both shooting opening rounds of 70 (-1). “I plan to go out and keep my game plan simple for tomorrow, I just want to keep the ball in fairway and pick good spots on greens with my approach shots” explained Gosselin. When asked about his round today Ferrier had this to say, “I didn’t hit a lot of greens in regulation today but my feel around the greens was on so that was what saved me”. Earlier in the season Ferrier represented Canada at the East Aurora International Junior Masters and Gosselin represented the victorious CJGA Team Canada at the 2011 Euro Junior Golf Cup. Behind Gosselin and Ferrier is a 4 way tie for third place between Patrick Burke of Toronto, Ont., Brady Facette of Callander, Ont., 2011 CJGA Canadian Junior Match Play 15-19 champion Matt Gerber of Kitchener, Ont., and CJGA Team Canada member at the 2011 Euro Junior Golf Cup Kyle Wicks of Chatham, Ont. 
Second round action continues tomorrow morning at 7:00AM at the Grey Silo Golf Course. The pressure is on as only 60% of the field will be making the cut and moving on to the final 2 days to try and make their mark in CJGA history. Spectators are encouraged to attend.
 
About Mizuno Canada
Mizuno Canada Ltd.’s roots stem from its parent company Mizuno Corporation. Mizuno Corporation was established in Osaka, Japan in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno. Today, Mizuno Canada is located in Mississauga, Ontario and continues to manufacture and distribute high quality golf baseball, softball, running, track & field and volleyball equipment, apparel and footwear.
 
Since our founding, we have taken special pride and pleasure in being able to participate in the exciting world of sports and providing sports equipment of the highest quality. Each and every one of us is guided by the ideal of true sportsmanship. That was true over 100 years ago and is still true today. It is evident in our corporate philosophy which, simply stated, is “Contributing to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports.” For more information visit:www.mizunocda.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 More Information
Troy Campbell
Manager, Tournament Operations
Canadian Junior Golf Association
416-708-1334
troy.campbell@cjga.com   

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