Fenwick, ON (April 24, 2017) – The CJGA hosted its first Ontario event of the 2017 season this past weekend, the Nike Golf Junior Series Presented by Niagara College, at the beautiful Peninsula Lakes Golf Club. The two day tournament featured cooler temperatures during the first round before a much warmer final round on the Sunday.
Junior Boys U19
Graeme Edwards from Mississauga, ON., was able to capture the Junior Boys U19 Division in his first ever CJGA start with rounds of 72-78-150 to finish at +8 for the two day event. He was happy to go low during his first round on tour, despite the windy conditions during his front nine which made him have to hit a few stingers into greens.
When asked about how the course sets up for Edwards game, he had said that “I think it sets up nice for the little fade that I play and the draw I play into the greens with my irons and it really suits my eye”. When it came down to winning the tournament, it was Edwards putting that ultimately got him the win, “100 percent my putting on the first day and during the back nine of the second day, I putted lights out yesterday and today. I didn’t start off the way I wanted to but I was happy to close it out” said Edwards.
Edwards started the final round with a 3 shot lead and was able to hold on to win by 2 strokes. Going out in 40 then coming down the stretch with a 38 on the back nine during the final round was enough for Edwards to seal the deal and win the Junior Boys U19 Division at the Nike Golf Junior Series Presented by Niagara College.
Edwards is looking forward to playing in more CJGA events this summer to continue his career in junior golf.
Jack Day from Toronto, ON played consistent golf over the weekend despite the course conditions shooting matching rounds of 76-76-152 to finish a couple shots back of Edwards.
Junior Girls U19
Pierrefonds, QC own Emily Romancew was able to win the Junior Girls U19 Division with consistent rounds of 76-77-153 to win calmly by 15 strokes. Coming into the tournament with low expectations and with the main goal to play on grass and have a fun weekend, Romancew was delighted with the tournament win.
Romancew found the dryer conditions during the final round on Sunday made the golf course play shorter because her shots would roll out more but then found the overall play of the course tougher with the higher wind conditions. Romancew’s strong woods play during the weekend helped her score on longer holes. “I was hitting my woods pretty well, so it was an advantage on the par fives” said Romancew after her round.
Finishing second place was Rachael Rier of Hanover, Ontario. She was able to card rounds of 82-86-168 with Jiayin Liu from Kitchener, Ontario finishing the tournament in third place with rounds of 94-87-181.
Bantam Boys U15
Zander Gibson pride of Milton, ON was able to get grasp of his first ever Junior Tour victory on Sunday after winning twice on the Linksters Tour in 2016. Rounds of 76-76-152 gave Gibson the one shot lead once all was settled in Fenwick. Gibson was 4 back when he made the turn during the final round but steady play carding a final round back nine 38 helped him seal the win.
“I liked the course a lot,” said Gibson, “There are a couple of dog leg lefts so I could play a cut down the fairway and then I didn’t have to try to overturn the ball during any scenarios. There was not a lot of bunkers guarding the greens so I was able to get to the flags”.
Beni Long, from Toronto, ON finished in a close second place, only one shot off of Gibson’s score. Long was able to record scores of 74-79 for a two round total of 153, which included front nine scores of even par on both Saturday and Sunday.
Bantam Girls U15
Sarah Gallagher of Burlington, ON was able to bounce back during her Sunday final round to win the Bantam Girls Division. After a shaky first round, Gallagher carded the lowest round in the division on Sunday to win by 5. Gallagher scored 97-83 for a two day total of 180.
“I thought my putting helped me”, said Gallagher when asked about her golf game during the weekend, “along with my approach shots and then my driver”.
Coming into the final round, Gallagher only had one thought when it came to her game plan, “trying to play smart and shoot a better score than yesterday”.
The Nike Golf Junior Series Presented by Niagara College was Gallagher’s fourth win with the CJGA.
Finishing second in the division was Katherine Cranston from Oakville, Ontario who shot rounds of 94-91 for a total of 185, which finished 5 back of the eventual winner Gallagher.