FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND SCORING
Palm Harbor, FL (December 30, 2014) – Steady rain greeted juniors today at the final round of the 22nd annual CJGA World Junior Challenge, presented by Golfweek at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club. Selena Costabile of Thornhill, ON successfully defended her Girls title while Peter Weng of China and Vince van Veen of the Netherlands capture their respective divisional titles.
Costabile started her final round with 11 straight pars paving the way for her second straight WJC title. It was a bounce back performance for Costabile coming off a second round score of 80 (+8). “I knew it was going to be tough today getting the two shots back” said an elated Costabile. “Roos played so well yesterday. I just tried not to get discouraged.” Tied for second place was Roos Haarman of the Netherlands and Gavrilla Arya of Indonesia both with a three day total of 233 (+19).
Going wire to wire in the Boys 15-19 division was Vince van Veen of the Netherlands who was able to hang on to win after shooting 75 (+4) on the final day to finish the tournament with a total of 221 (+6). “It was nice to finally win after playing in the event three times” said van Veen in the clubhouse. “It was a good result considering I struggled last week at the Dixie Amateur. I’ve been in the lead before so today I focused on being patient.” Eric Macrow of Kingston, ON finished his CJGA playing career with a second place finish after three consistent rounds of 74, 74, 75 to finish two shots back of van Veen. Finishing in a tied for third place was Aleksander Overli of Norway and Brandon Wang of Bradenton, FL.
Peter Weng of China captured the Boys 14 & Under division today shooting a final round score of 74 (+3) on the Copperhead course. Coming into the day with a six stroke lead, Weng felt confident he could fend off the field. “Today I just wanted to play conservative. The greens were slow with the rain so I knew birdies would be hard to come by” said Weng. With a final tournament total of 219 (+5) Weng captured his first win on US soil. Seven strokes back in second place was Cole Anderson of Camden, ME posting scores of 75, 76, 75 for a total of 226 (+12). Sam Theijs of Belgium jumped into third place after shooting the division low score on the day 73 (+2).
Today’s round marked the end of another successful event that drew over 170 players from 14 countries. “I would like to thank everyone for their support” stated John Lawrence, Tournament Director. “The group of volunteers were very dedicated this week, helping everything run smoothly. I am looking forward to next year’s event already.”
About The CJGA World Junior Challenge
The CJGA World Junior Challenge, now in its 22nd 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 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 cjga.com.
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