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Competition Begins With Opening Round of the World Junior Challenge Presented by Golfweek

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Palm Harbor, FL (December 28, 2011) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) hosted the opening round today of the 19th Annual World Junior Challenge, presented by Golfweek. Cold temperatures in the morning did not stop this international field of juniors from posting low scores on the North Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort in their first step towards being crowned champion.

It is crowded at the top of the Boys 15-19 Division with a truly international feel as Denmark, USA, Trinidad & Tobago, and Canada are all represented in the top 5 players and are separated by just three strokes. Jeppe Andersen of Denmark and Daniel Kim from Kennesaw, GA are tied for the opening round lead at 70 (-1). Trinidad & Tobago’s Andrei Collins is only a shot off the pace at 71 (E). “I just played smart… kept it in play, just hit fairways, greens, and made putts” explained Kim after taking a share of the lead. Fellow leader Andersen had a similar story to tell. “I played really steady, made a few good putts, hit a lot of fairways, and just didn’t make mistakes.” Mistakes will be costly in the second round as a very talented field will look for any opportunity to climb their way up the leader board.
 
Mika Liu of Bradenton, FL holds a one stroke lead in the Girls Division over Calgary, Alberta’s Sydney MacDonald. Liu finished the round with a 77 (+6), “I was hitting my driver really well today, but I will just have to keep focused with two more rounds to play.” MacDonald has been away from the golf course for the past month during Canada’s offseason. “It was awesome to get back to competitive golf. It was tough finding the zone yesterday, but I figured it out.” Marisol Doglioli of Clearwater, FL sits two back at 79 (+8) and looks to be one of many ready to make a move in the second round.
 
In the Boys 14 & Under Division it is Kyle MacDonald of Oakville, ON atop the leader board after an opening round 75 (+4). Knocking on the doorstep are Jonathan Spicci from Ridgefield, CT and Toronto, ON’s Matthew Vihant who are tied for second place at 76 (+5). MacDonald displayed mental fortitude as he stuck to his game plan even after facing setbacks. “On the back nine,” he explained “I was able to play really well after a bad hole on number 10.” With Denmark’s Joachim Andersen and Noah Vongphit of Regina, SK all still within striking distance, the second round lead is still up for grabs.
 
Tomorrow the tournament shifts to Copperhead Course for both the second and final round of the World Junior Challenge. Tee-times begin at 7:30 a.m.
 
For full interview with:
 
Boys 15-19 Division
 
Boys 14 & Under
 
Girls Division
 
About The CJGA World Junior Challenge
The CJGA World Junior Challenge, now in its 19th year, is one of the marquee events conducted by the Canadian Junior Golf Association. Since the inaugural tee-off in 1993, the World Junior Challenge has seen thousands of junior golfers, representing over 30 countries, pitted against one another in a friendly, yet competitive environment held at some of Florida’s most prolific golf courses. This highly recognized event, typically held during the winter holiday season, offers Canadian and International juniors alike the opportunity to compete in an internationally ranked tournament while experiencing the culture of Florida golf.
 
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 Additional Information:
John Lawrence
WJC Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association
 
Roy Gentles
WJC Media Assistant
Canadian Junior Golf Association

12/28/2011

 

   
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