King City, Ont. (August 10, 2016) – Over the past two days, Kings Riding Golf Club hosted both the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Junior Tour and CJGA Ontario Amateur Open. Juniors had the opportunity to play on one of ClubLink’s Platinum level golf courses and were challenged to play their best. Golfers battled against scorching temperatures, windy conditions and each other for the first place prizes.
Ontario Amateur Open
The winner of the Ontario Amateur Open Boys Division, was determined after an intense 5-hole playoff. Adam Park, 18, from Toronto, Ont., ultimately came out on top and took home first place.
Park did not enter the tournament with a specific strategy in mind, rather, he relied on his golf skills to carry him to the finish. “This is a smart, witty golf course, and its a course that I respect”, says Park.
Park posted rounds of 74 (+3) during both days of the competition, for a total score of 148 (+6).
Proving to be a tough competitor was Shyamal Nagindas. The 22 year old from Aurora Ont., also posted rounds of 74 (+3) during both days of competition, for a two-day total of 148 (+6) and earning himself second place after the playoff.
The winner of the Ontario Amateur Open Girls Division was Kennedy Bodfield, 19, from St. Catherines, Ont. Bodfield found that changing her game play after the first round, helped her take home the win.
“Yesterday I struggled off the tee, but I changed my strategy and hit a lot of irons which helped my game a lot” says Bodfield. Bodfield posted rounds of 81, 72 (+1) for a total score of 153.
Taking home second place is Micaa Thomas, 18, from Bowie, MD. Thomas gave a great performance over the course of the tournament, posting rounds of 83, 78 (+7), for a two-day total of 161.
Junior Boys Division (U19)
Ciaran Sheahan, 17, from Toronto Ont., was the winner of the Junior Boys division. Sheahan played a smart game, making sure to keep the ball in his sight line at all times.
“I tried to stay out of my own way as much as possible and let the golf take care of itself”, says Sheahan. “The course was in fantastic shape and I’m really happy with how I played.”
Despite windy conditions during the second day of competition, Sheahan posted impressive rounds of 71 (E), 75 (+4) for a total score of 146 (+4).
Five strokes behind to claim the runner up position was Brady Futterer. The 17 year old from Aurora Ont., posted rounds of 77 (+6), 74 (+3), for a two-day total of 151.
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Abbie Anghelescu, 17, from Wolfe Island Ont., was the Junior Girls division winner. This was only the 2nd CJGA event Anghelescu participated in this year, making her win all the more outstanding.
Anghelescu maintained a positive attitude throughout. “My strategy was to try and play the best that I can and even when I didn’t hit very well, my short game made up for it.” Anghelescu posted rounds of 87, 80, for a total of 167 and first place.
Rachel Lee, 17, from Markham Ont., finished the competition in second place. Lee posted rounds of 96, 92, for a two-day total of 188.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
It was well worth the trip for Jackson Rothwell. The 15 year old from Victoria, BC was the winner in the Juvenile Boys division. Rothwell posted steady scores of 76 (+5) during both rounds of the competition, for a total of 152 and first place.
“I was a little unhappy with my performance on the first day, but my putting during the second round saved me a few strokes and I had a strong game off the tee”, says Rothwell. “Overall I was pretty happy with the way I played.”
Tying for second place were Jonathan Cramton, 16, from Toronto Ont., and Jack Sue, 15, from Richmond Hill, Ont. Cramton posted an incredible first round score of 69 (-2), and 84 after the second round. Sue posted solid rounds of 77(+6), 76 (+5) during the tournament. Both boys came out with totals of 153.
Juvenile Girls Division (U17)
Lexie McKay 15, from King City Ont., had home field advantage helping her earn first place. McKay posted rounds of 85, 83 for a tournament total of 168.
When asked what her strategy was going into the tournament, McKay explains, “I kept it simple and didn’t try to get ahead of myself.” With this in mind, McKay came out on top as the Juvenile Girls division winner.
Taking second place was Alexandra Jucan, 15, from Woodbridge Ont. Jucan ended the tournament with rounds of 120, 105, giving her a two-day total of 225.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Gerry Mei, 13, from North York, Ont., took home first place in the Bantam Boys division. While Mei was not confident about his performance during the second round of competition, the results speak for themselves.
“My chipping during the first round wasn’t the best, but I worked on it after the round and it got better” says Mei. Doing his homework certainly paid off, Mei posted rounds of 73 (+2), 78 (+7), for a total of 151 (+9) and top honours.
Just one stroke behind the leader was Yutaka Nohdomi, 13, from Toronto Ont. Nohdomi posted rounds of 77 (+6), 75 (+4), for a two-day tournament total of 152.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Claire Hwang, 14, from Maple, Ont., was the Bantam Girls division winner. Hwang posted impressive scores of 80, 89 for a total of 169, over two rounds.
Hwang had a simple, yet effective strategy going into the second round of play. “I played pretty well during the first day, so my goal for the second day was to play it smart and safe.”
Trailing closely behind the leader, Catherine Zhang, 14, from Toronto, Ont., ended the tournament taking home second place. Zhang posted rounds of 88, 85, for a two-day total of 173.
About Canadian Junior Golf Association
The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The 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.
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