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Klekner-Alt, MacDonald, and Kalkanis Victorious at CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship

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Waterloo, Ont. (August 11, 2011) Tensions were high today as the final round of the CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship was conducted today at Grey Silo Golf Club. The competition was tight as juniors were greeted with pleasant conditions for the first time this week opening the door for some solid play and movement on the leader board.
In the Girls division Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa, Ont. and Begum Yilmaz of Istanbul Turkey were tied for the lead going in to the final round. In the end it was Klekner-Alt finishing at the top of leader board after Rachel Pollock of Guelph, Ont. missed a crucial six foot putt on hole 18 to force a playoff for the Girls title. “I had my first three putt of the day on 18 which opened the door for Rachel so I was a little nervous when she was standing over that putt; but it all worked out in the end and I have to give Rachel credit, she played really well today” admitted Klekner-Alt. When asked about her experience over the week Klekner-Alt had this to say, “This was a really fun week, the competition was great as we had a very strong field of girls”. With this win Klekner-Alt becomes the first girl to win both the CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship and the CJGA Canadian Junior Match Play in the same year, her final score was 312 (+28). Pollock finished one behind Klekner-Alt at 313 (+29) and rounding out the top three was Rachel Shi of Vancouver, BC shooting a four day total of 316 (+32).
In the Boys 14 and Under division Jonathan MacDonald of Mississauga, Ont. was able to complete his dominating wire to wire win shooting a final round 76 (+5) making his tournament total 296 (+12). “I am very happy about the win, this was a great way to close out my 14 and Under career, I think I would attribute my good play today to my lucky red pants” explained MacDonald jokingly. “Last year I was in contention but didn’t play the best when it really counted so it was good to get back to that point this season and finally capitalize like I knew I could”. Logan Yanick of Courtenay, BC was able to apply some pressure to MacDonald shooting a division low 72 (+1) today but fell one stroke short finishing the tournament at 297 (+13). Behind Yanick with a four day total of 300 (+16) was Isaac Chen of Richmond, BC and one stroke back of him was Kyle Gorospe of Mississauga, Ont. at 301 (+17).
Colton Kalkanis of Hillsdale, Ont. continued his steady play in order to be crowned Boys 15-19 champion shooting a final round score of 74 (+3) making his four day total 292 (+8). “This win feels great, I’m all smiles right now” said an ecstatic Kalkanis. “This made up for my play at the CJGA Match Play event, this is going to give me a lot of confident moving forward”. Finishing behind Kalkanis with a tournament total of 296 (+12) was 2010 champion Cole Kent coming up a little short in his comeback run. Behind Kent was a tie for third between Chatham, Ont. native Kyle Wicks and David French of Camlachie, Ont. 
The field at the 2011 CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship had to endure a little bit of everything this week from torrential downpours to strong winds. All players fought their way through it and the CJGA would like to congratulate all players on their accomplishments as we put another national championship in the history books.              
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
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
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Founding Partner, LEXUS.
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Canadian Junior Golf Association



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