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CJGA World Junior Challenge Completes Second Round at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club

-Seventy-seven Players Set for Copperhead Finale-

Palm Harbor, FL (December 29, 2012) –  The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) witnessed the field of 180 young golfers battle through rainy weather today during the second round of the 20th annual CJGA World Junior Challenge, presented by Golfweek at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club early. The rain caused an hour rain delay, and tough conditions as the juniors hit the links to decide the cut. With everything settled, the top 46 Boys 15-19, the top 17 Boys 14 & Under, and the top 14 Girls will play in the championship final tomorrow on the Copperhead course. Robin Wang (Lake Mary, FL), Sam Jung (Chantilly, VA), and Maria Alejandra Villalobos (Gainsville, FL) will start the championship round atop the leader board.
Wang moved ahead of the pack in the Boys 15-19 Division by scoring 38-35 – 73 (+2) for a two-day total of 145(+2). Hot on his tale are Jose Mendez (Costa Rica) and Renato Paratore (Italy) who are currently tied for 2nd at 146(+3). Wang managed to gain on the lead on the Island Course by birdying the 11th, 12th, and 13th hole consecutively, a lead he never relinquished.
“Despite the early morning rain and the afternoon wind gusts, the Juniors rose to the challenge and adapted to these difficult conditions extremely well,” stated John Lawrence, Tournament Director. “It will be an exciting final day.”
The Boys 14 & Under Division took on the Copperhead course today. Despite the change in scenery, Sachin Kumar’s (Trinidad & Tobago) consistent play continued, solidifying second place with 72-74 – 146(+3). Sam Jung (Chantilly, VA) managed to leap frog Kumar with a 71(E) for a two-day total of 144(+1). Giovanni Tadiotto (Belgium) moves into third place, five-strokes off the pace.
It was moving day for the Girls Division, as the Copperhead course saw new players take the top 3 spots. Villalobos charged to the lead with a 72(+1) for a two-day total of 148(+5), earning a seven stroke lead over the competition. Alice Barbieri (Windemere, FL) and Ayelen Irizar (Argentina) fill out the top three, looking to close the gap during the final round.
The CJGA Junior Linkster Tour for juniors 5-13 years of age held the final round of competition on the North course.  The Linksters competed in five different age divisions. The winner of the Girls 10-13 Division was Anne Yu (China) posting back to back 73(+1). The Girls 9 & Under Division was won by Emily Zhu (Richmond Hill, ON). The first round was unable to produce a leader, but Jeremy Renaud was victorious in a playoff for the Boys 11-13 Division. Aaron Zhang (Lake Mary, FL) won the Boys 9-10 Division with an impressive 72-74 146(+4). Despite heavy competition Justin Sui (lake Orion, MI) took home the Boys 8 & Under Championship with a 33- 35 – 68(-4).  
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.

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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



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