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St. Catharines, Ont. (October 3, 2016)– This weekend saw significant rainfall, but that did not stop a number of determined junior golfers, who competed in the inaugural David Hearn Junior Open. Rockway Vineyards set the scene, as members of the Canadian Junior Golf Association pushed forward in their pursuit of divisional titles, despite the inclement weather. Over the course of two days, we witnessed a hole-in-one, a four-hole playoff, and a visit from Hearn himself. It was a weekend filled with mentorship and once in a lifetime experiences, where ultimately five junior golfers were crowned division champions.
Junior Boys Division (U19)
Kyle Chung, 15, from Brampton Ont., was the winner of the Junior Boys division. Chung shot two low rounds to earn himself his first CJGA division title.
“I stayed positive throughout the tournament, had a strong mental game and didn’t let the weather bother me”, said Chung. “My placement off the tee and ability to hit the ball straight really helped me a lot, especially when the weather was bad and the club was slipping all over the place.” Chung posted rounds of 74 (+2), 35, for a two-day total of 109 (+2).
David Tae Ho Yoon, 17, from Richmond Hill Ont., took home second place. Yoon kept it low during the second day of the competition, despite the bad weather. Yoon posted rounds of 80 (+8), 34, for a two-day total of 114 (+7).
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Rachael Rier, 17, from Hanover, Ont., was the winner of the Junior Girls division. Rier has now earned her second CJGA division title this year.
“I wasn’t really nervous about the weather, it was just going to be fun and I was going to get a chance to play with different girls”, said Rier. “I felt my putting was really good, I only had 28 putts yesterday and I was just getting up and down from everywhere for a 77 so that was good.” Rier posted rounds of 77 (+5), 46, for a two-day total of 123.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
The winner of the Juvenile Boys division was Jacob Presutti. The 16 year old from Brampton, Ont., played two consistently low rounds to earn him first place. Presutti posted rounds of 76 (+4), 36, for a two-day total of 112 (+4).
In a three way tie for second place were: Riley Card and Ryan Sabo, both 16, from Burlington Ont., and Zachary Katzenstein, 15, from Thornhill Ont. Card and Katzenstein posted rounds of 80 (+8), 38, while Sabo posed rounds of 77 (+5), 41. All three boys earned a two-day total of 118.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Bavake Sihota, 14, from Caledon Ont., offered two outstanding performances this weekend to come out on top of the Bantam Boys division. Despite the added difficulty of unfortunate weather, Sihota still managed to come in under par.
“I knew the greens were going to be soft, so my strategy was to attack the pins and take on flags I normally wouldn’t if it was firm” said Sihota. “I didn’t hit my driver as well as I should have, but it all worked out.” Sihota posted rounds of 71 (-1), 35, for a two-day total of 106 (-1).
Tying for second place were Jack Alward, 14, from Wasaga Beach Ont., Matt Quizi, 14, from Bradford, Ont., Owen Kim, 11, from Mississauga Ont., and Beni Long, 11 from Toronto, Ont. All four boys finished with a two-day total of 119.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Lauren Zaretsky, from Thornhill Ont., found success in the Bantam Girls division, after an intense four-hole playoff determined the winner. This weekend also marked the 12 year olds first ever hole-in-one, which she earned on her last hole of the first round.
“I felt confident on the 18th hole going into playoffs”, said Zaretsky. “I just told myself that I could do this and to try my best.” Zaretsky posted rounds of 74 (+2), 44, for a two-day total of 118.
Taking second place was Katherine Cranston, 12, from Oakville Ont. Cranston proved to be a tough competitor, narrowly missing the top of the leader board after the four-hole playoff. Cranston posted rounds of 79 (+7), 39, for a two-day total of 118.
About The David Hearn Foundation
Founded in 2015, The David Hearn Foundation’s central focus is to support the Alzheimer Society of Canada in reducing the personal and social impacts of the disease by raising funds to provide individuals and families with needed programs and services. Through its partnership, the Foundation aims to increase awareness, improve care for those in need and enhance the quality of life for those affected by the disease, while also empowering Canadians to take action and create positive change.
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About Rockway Vineyards Golf | Wine | Dine
Rockway Vineyards is neatly nestled on The Twenty-Mile Bench of the Niagara Escarpment, one of the great premium grape growing regions of the world. This appellation elicits comparisons to the wine regions of Burgundy and New Zealand for both beauty and wine quality. Limestone-rich soils and ideal growing conditions have helped us produce world-class wines.
Vineyards surround the 18-hole golf course, recently voted “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest. Golfers are offered an opportunity to challenge their skills amongst our manicured fairways and fast greens amongst the vistas of the Escarpment.
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.
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is generously supported by its National Partner, Freedom 55 Financial, which provides financial security advice and planning for Canadians.
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