~Weber fires final round 71 to come from behind and prevent Gallagher from claiming third straight title~
WELLAND ONTARIO – AUGUST 30, 2019 – The 2019 CJGA Mizuno Canadian National Junior Championship came to its conclusion on Friday evening with four new National Champions being named. Ella Weber (U19 Girls), Bavake Sihota (U19 Boys), Kevin Lee (U15 Boys) and Lauren Gervais (U15 Girls) were all able to hoist the Mizuno Trophy following four days of intense competition at the Cardinal Lakes Golf Club in Welland, Ontario.
In the Junior Girl’s Division, Ella Weber from Burlington, Ontario had the best final round of the tournament, firing a one-under-par (71) on Friday to trumpet up the leaderboard and into an eventual tie with the third-round leader and defending Mizuno National Champion Sarah Gallagher. Weber would go on to defeat Gallagher in a play-off to claim her first National Championship and fourth CJGA Championship title and rob Gallagher of a threepeat.
Gallagher (Burlington, ON), who held the tournament lead through the first three days of competition was looking to make history by claiming 2019 her third straight Mizuno National Championship title, having claimed the 2018 Junior Girls division title and the 2017 Bantam Girls division title, however despite firing a solid six-over-par (78) on Friday she was unable to hold off the charging Weber who’s game seemed to peek at just the right time.
Third place in the Junior Girls division went to Milton, Ontario’s Roslyn Rooke who finished 8 shots back of Gallagher and Weber at 320 (+32).
Full Results for the Junior Girls (U19) Division – Click Here
In the Junior Boy’s Division, Caledon, Ontario’s Bavake Sihota put the final touches on a stellar week of play, closing Friday’s Final Round with an even-par (72) to claim the Mizuno National Championship by an astounding 10 shots over Alexis Valenzuela (Bahamas). Sihota came out of the gate firing on Tuesday with an opening round 67 and continued his consistent play throughout the week, never shooting higher than two-over par during the tournament.
Playing in his first Mizuno National Championship, Valenzuela stayed consistent throughout the week firing rounds of 75-76-73-72 for a four-day total of 296 (+8), but in the end Bavake’s early lead proved too much to overcome. Rounding out the top three in the Junior Boy’s Division was Kavith Ranchagoda (Richmond Hill, ON) at 299 (+11)
Full Results of the Junior Boys (U19) Division – Click Here
In the Bantam Boy’s Division, Markham Ontario’s Kevin Lee held on to claim his first Mizuno National Junior Championship title, despite closing with a final round 80 to go with his first three rounds of 74-75-72. His four-round total of 301 (+13) was enough to give him a five-shot margin of victory over Mathew Whitehead (Cambridge, ON) who finished in solo second at 307 (+19). Smithville, Ontario’s Isaiah Ellis finished just one shot back at 308 (+20) to take third place.
Full Results of the Bantam Boy’s (U15) Division – Click Here
In the Bantam Girl’s (U15) Division, Nepean Ontario’s Lauren Gervais closed with a final round of five-over-par (77) to claim the tournament trophy by 9-shots at 314 (+26) over Joline Truong (Mississauga, ON) who finished at 323 (+35). Burlington, Ontario’s Emma Hansen took home third place finishing just one shot back of Truong at 324 (+36)
Full Results for the Bantam Girl’s (U15) Division – Click Here