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Canadians Storm the Leader Board at CJGA World Junior Challenge Presented by Golfweek

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Palm Harbor, FL (December 29, 2011) – Action shifted to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort for the second round of the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) 19th Annual World Junior Challenge, presented by Golfweek. Warmer weather and a new course meant anything could happen on ‘moving day’. Canadians took full advantage in the Boys 14 & Under and the Girls Division holding down two of the top three spots in each division. 

Kyle MacDonald of Oakville, ON extended his opening round lead to three strokes with a two day total of 152(+10). Jonathan Spicci of Ridgefield, CT earned sole share of second place. Canadians’ Kyle Gorospe, Noah Vongphit, Matthew Vihant, and Connor Doucette moved into places third through sixth and putting them in position for a shot at the trophy. “My game plan is the same as its been the last two days, just take it one shot at a time,” stated MacDonald, “not getting caught up in score or where I am in the tournament.” Tomorrow will provide the field with one last chance to catch MacDonald, who has put forth a solid performance thus far.
 
In the Girls Division it was Kathy Lim of Langley, BC closing the gap, as she jumped three sports with a second round score of 76(+5). Currently tied for second with fellow Canadian Sydney MacDonald, both sit three strokes back of the leader, Mika Liu of Bradenton, FL. “ The Copperhead Course was more challenging, you had to know the course to score well,” commented Liu. “There is still another day, so anything can happen and I just need to continue working hard.” Liu, at age 12, demonstrated poise and skill thus far in the tournament but will be tested again in the final round of the World Junior Challenge.
 
Entering the day with five players within three strokes of Denmark’s Jeppe Andersen meant that every shot counted. Chad Merzbacher of Dublin, OH stepped up covering the three shot gap by shooting 70 (-1) and taking a share in the lead. “The North Course was tricky, but Copperhead’s just a tougher golf course. You have to hit the ball longer,” explained Merzbacher, “My strategy didn’t really change, I just wanted to play my own game.” Jeppe Andersen finished scored a 73 (+2) resulting in a tie at the top with 143 (+1) as a two day total. “I want to find some momentum with my putter,” said Andersen, “I just have to make a few putts tomorrow.” As the leaders duel it out, there will be a gallery of players looking to overtake them, including: Daniel Kim from Kennesaw, GA sitting at 146(+4), Andrei Collins of Trinidad & Tobago at 148(+6), and Colton Kalkanis of Hillsdale, ON who finished with 149(+7).
 
Tomorrow the final round of the World Junior Challenge will take place on the Copperhead Course with tee-times begin at 7:30 a.m.
 
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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.
 
www.cjga.com.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.
 
 
For Additional Information:
John Lawrence
WJC Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association
416-708-2438
john.lawrence@cjga.com

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