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Gil, Gavarkovs, and Costabile Capture PUMA Challenge Titles

Toronto, Ont. (September 1, 2011) After the weather system passed over Royal Woodbine Golf Club, causing an hour and fifteen minute delay, the sun came out and scoring conditions were great for the junior participating in the final PUMA Challenge event of the four event series. Rob Gavarkovs of Toronto blazed around the challenging track, shooting up the leader board firing a final round 68 (-3) to capture the Boys 15-19 division title while Tony Gil of Markham, Ont. shot a final round 69 (-2) to erase a three shot deficit to capture the Boys 14 & Under division.

Gil applied the pressure early on first round leader Austin Jones, playing the front nine in spectacular fashion firing a 33 (-3). After a bogey on the tenth hole, Gil came back with birdies on twelve and thirteen to gain any lost momentum back and cruised to a nine stroke victory. Jones had some troubles today, after opening with a bogey, he was never able to find his rhythm finishing his round ten over par (81) finishing runner-up in the division. Nicholas Quesnel of Sudbury, Ont. entered the final round in third and did move from that spot after shooting a final round 75 (+4) to finish just one stroke back of Jones.
Gavarkovs, who was able to complete play on the front nine before the weather delay went out in 33 (-3) with three birdies. Coming of the delay, Gavarkovs went three over on the 10th and 11th hole before regaining his form with three birdies on the final seven holes. Entering the final round nine strokes back, Gavarkovs completed the greatest come from behind victory of the 2011 season capturing the division title by a single stroke. Christopher Wilson of Timmins, Ont. entered the final round just one back of the leader but was not able to find his stride closing out the final round with a 77 (+6) to finish in a tie for second. Connor Mathers of Brigden, Ont. was able to jump up one spot after shooting a final round 76 (+5) to finish tied with Wilson in the runner-up position.
In the Girls division, Selena Costabile held a four shot entering the final round and never felt the pressure from her fellow competitors to overtake her. Closing out her round with a 81 (+10), Costabile was able to add an additional stroke advantage to her nearest competitor to add a second major divisional title to her 2011 campaign. Ana Peric was looking to close the gap and apply some pressure but was not able to do so over the course of the final round, finishing runner-up after her round of 82 (+12).  Caitlan Inman of London, Ont. was able to hold on to third place in the division after her round of 91.
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The Canadian Junior Golf Association is a ³registered Canadian amateur athletic association² (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
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