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Tough Conditions Can’t Tame Talented Field of Juniors

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 Waterloo, Ont. (August 9, 2011) The tension was high this morning as a full field of Canada’s best junior golfers took to the Grey Silo Golf Course for the second round of the 2011 CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship. Some players had their work cut out for them today as they had some strokes to make up from round one.
Contrary to round one Mother Nature was making it difficult for players in the Boys 15-19 division to gain ground during round two providing them with wet and soggy conditions, which certainly affected the cut line. Fourty boys in this division will be making it to rounds three and four with the cut line at 160 for the two days. Moving their way in to first spot today was Kyle Wicks of Chatham, Ont. and CJGA Team Canada member at the 2011 North America Cup Colton Kalkanis of Hillsdale, Ont. Wicks was 73 (+2) today and Kalkanis was able to card a second round score of 71 (E), both boys are going in to day three at 144 (+2). At this time a year ago Wicks was in a similar situation leading the Boys 15-19 division after the second round at the 2010 CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship at Copetown Woods. When asked what would be different with regards to how he approaches the third round this year compared to last year Wicks had this to say, “this year I am a more focused player and my mental game has improved a lot, I just need to go out there tomorrow and keep my composure.” Alone in third spot is Oakville, Ont. native Matthew Capern shooting a second round 72 (+1) making his tournament total 146 (+4).
The weather cleared in the afternoon for the Boys 14 and Under division but wet conditions still provided a great challenge for the players. Preserving his spot at the top of the leader board is Mississauga, Ont. native Jonathan MacDonald. MacDonald was able to put together a second round score of 75 (+4) to keep him in the lead by two at 146 (+4). When asked about how his round went MacDonald explained the following, “the front nine was rough because of the harsh conditions, but other than a couple of holes on the back nine I played really solid”. “The hot dog I had at the half way house after nine holes really gave me the energy I needed to have a good back nine” explained MacDonald laughingly. Moving up the leader board behind MacDonald is Nicholas Quesnel of Sudbury, Ont. firing a second round 73 (+2) making his two day total 148 (+6). Quesnel will certainly be looking to apply some pressure to MacDonald on day three. Behind Quesnel is a log jam for third spot between Isaac Chen of Richmond, BC, Isaiah Crystal of Toronto, Ont., and Kyle Gorospe of Mississauga, Ont. All three boys tallied two day totals of 149 (+7). This division has been cut down to 19 of the best young junior golfers in Canada.
In the Girls division Rachel Pollock of Guelph, Ont. was able to keep her lead by shooting a second round score of 79 (+8) making her two day total 156 (+14). When asked about how she plans to approach the third round Pollock explained this, “I was hitting the ball well today but was a little shaky, I just need to drop a couple more putts tomorrow and remain patient”. Behind Pollock is a tie for second spot between Grace Howie of Ottawa, Ont. and Begum Yilmaz of Istanbul, Turkey. Both girls are tied at 157 (+15) and looking to gain ground on Pollock tomorrow morning. Immediately behind Howie and Yilmaz at 158 (+16) is former CJGA Team Canada member and Ottawa native Kiersten Klekner-Alt who was looking to get things rolling this afternoon carding a division low 76 (+5).
Round three is sure to be exciting with it being moving day mixed with the clutter at the top of the leader board. All players will be looking to secure a good spot moving in to the fourth and final round. Third round action will begin at 7:00AM at the Grey Silo Golf Course, 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
www.cjga.com.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 
 
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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