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England Captures Fourth Straight Canadian International Junior Challenge Title

Norway’s Johannessen Takes Medalist Honors

 
CLEARVIEW TOWNSHIP, ON (September 15, 2011) – With the pressure of repeating as champions for a fourth straight year, England was able to overcome the cold and windy weather conditions during the final round of the Canadian International Junior Challenge, presented by Nike Golf Canada to do just that. The four boys aged 18 and under shot a team total 670 over the three days to capture the title by twenty strokes. 
 
“The tournament was played in excellent spirit and I am very pleased for the boys and their performance” said Mike Jones, team manager of England. “It is a great tournament and we are very pleased to have been able to defend our title on this fantastic golf course” he added.
 
Norway’s Kristian Johannessen showed patience and displayed his talent shooting a final round 73 (+1) to capture medalist honors. “I am very happy to win this tournament” said Johannessen. “I said to myself before the round to go out and have some fun, and things will work out for me, and they did”. 
 
The Norwegian always seemed to be in control after opening the tournament with two rounds of even par (72) to finish the tournament at one over par (217) for the tournament. “I stuck to my game plan throughout the round and was pleased with my performance this week” added Johannessen, after capturing his first international victory for his country.
 
England, capturing their fourth consecutive team title was led by James Simpson after he closed out the three day competition in fourth place with a score of 224 (+8). Thomas Rowland and Paul Kinnear finished one and two strokes behind their teammate respectively closing out the tournament with totals of 225 (+9) and 226 (+10). Jamie Bower saved his best for last, shooting a final round 73 (+1) for the English side.
 
In a battle for runner-up in the team competition, the team from Colombia was able to hold off a challenge from the Norwegians to stay in second spot. The Colombian were led by Nicholas Echavarria, who finished in third place in individual play, closed with a round of 75 (+3) for a tournament total 223 (+7). Mateo Gomez, Jose Mario Vega and Nicholas Vanegas rounded out the Colombian squad.
 
CJGA Team Canada had a good week overall, finishing in fourth place in the team competition. Shooting a final round team total 236, the team of Colton Kalkanis, William Mahood, Patrick Murphy, and Matt Williams finished eight stroke off the third place Norwegians (691) with a final team total of 699.
 
Costa Rica (713), the United States (723), Trinidad & Tobago (734) and Mexico (765) rounded out the field.
 
The Canadian International Junior Challenge, presented by Nike Golf Canada will return to OslerBrook Golf & Club in September 2012.
 
About Nike Golf Canada
Based in Thornhill, Ontario, Nike Golf Canada markets, sells and distributes industry leading Nike Golf equipment, apparel, balls, footwear, bags and accessories throughout Canada. Nike Golf is passionately dedicated to honouring and respecting the traditions and heritage of the game, and to providing committed golfers with the best equipment in the game. For more information on Nike Golf Canada, visit www.nikegolf.ca
 
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About the CJGA
Registered federally as a not-for-profit association, 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:
John Lawrence
CIJC Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association

9/15/2011

 

   
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