-Juniors greeted with spring-like conditions for season opener-
Burnaby, B.C. (February 23, 2015) Burnaby Mountain GC welcomed junior golfers from the province over the weekend as the CJGA kicked off the 23rd season in the western province with the CJGA Pre-Season Opener at Burnaby Mountain. With double digit temperatures both days and daffodils blooming under sunny skies the season got off to a great start.
Girls 14 & Under
Sandee Park, 13, of West Vancouver took home top spot in the Girls 14 & under division by one stroke after a birdie on the final hole. Trailing by a stroke, Park was able to forge into the winner circle with her birdie after her fellow competitor made a bogey. Jennifer Gu, 12, of West Vancouver secured second place.
Boys 14 & Under
Henry Lei, 14, playing in his first CJGA tournament captured the Boys 14 & Under division with rounds of 72 and 77 for a 149 total. Lei, a grade 9 student at Elgin Park Secondary in Surrey, carded six birdies over two days. “I drove the ball really well and I guess overall I hit the ball pretty well all weekend. I have a good feeling right now and that just wants to make me win more.”
Twelve year-old Leo Harper, who lives across the street from Burnaby Mountain GC, carded rounds of 83-81 – 164 on his home course to finish runner-up.
Euna Han, 12, playing in the Girls 15-19 division got her season off the right way taking home the division’s top spot and cruised to a ten stroke victory after rounds of 74-75 (149) and a five over-par total.
“The last three holes were really good,” said Han who finished with three straight birdies to win her fourth CJGA title of her young career. Han dropped putts on the last three holes from two, six, and 20 feet. “I wanted to play this tournament to get my best score. Over the winter I practiced and played some but really worked on my chipping and putting.”
Tiffany Kong, 14, and Jayla Yoonji Kang, 14, finished in a tie for second after carding final rounds of 73 and 79 respectively.
Vancouver golfer Perry Xin played very consistent over the 36-hole competition carding back-to-back rounds of 72 (+1) for a 144 (+2) tournament total. This was Xin’s second career CJGA title.
“My putting was good,” smiled Xin, 15, who only needed 27 putts both days on the tricky Burnaby Mountain greens. “ I didn’t hit too many bad shots but my putter was hot over the weekend.” Xin carded six birdies, six bogey’s and one double bogey over the tournament.
This was Xin’s fourth tournament this year after competing in two tournaments in California and the Australian Masters Amateur in Melbourne, Australia.
James Kim, 16, of Vancouver finished runner-up after solid rounds of 72-74, finishing just two back of Xin.
The CJGA will move to Northview Golf & Country Club in Surrey for the next stop, March 7-9. Juniors will be competing for coveted exemptions into the AJGA/CJGA Junior Championship in August as well as two CJGA national events, also later in the season.
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. For more information please visit www.cjga.com.
For Additional Information:
BC Tournament Director
Canadian Junior Golf Association