St. Catherines, ON (September 11th, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association hosted the annual David Hearn Kia Championship this last weekend at the stunning Rockway Glen Golf Course in St. Catherines, ON. This event kicked off the CJGA Fall Series events which saw more than eighty juniors tee it up at Rockway. PGA Tour Member David Hearn was on-site during the final round to watch some of the closing action and to host a clinic on the driving range. Many of the players and their parents enjoyed the clinic and took away many tips on alinement, posture and how to mentally prepare themselves for CJGA tournaments. The weather was beautiful all weekend long which created great scoring conditions.
Junior Boys U19
Jacob Presutti from Brampton, ON was the eventual winner in the Junior Boys division after being victorious during the first playoff hole in the four-way playoff. Presutti was the defending champion of the David Hearn Kia Championship and earned a second straight win in St. Catherines after posting scores of 73-76-149. Patrick Maloney from Oakville, ON, RJ Derhodge of Niagara Falls, ON and Romi Dilawri from Ottawa, ON were the other three members of the four way playoff on the 18th hole.
“I hit a 5-iron, I think the wind changed from when I played it in regulation, I hit first and putt my tee shot about 15 feet right of the flag”, said Presutti on playing the par-3 eighteenth in the playoff, “The other three players missed the green, and I just missed the birdie putt but the par was good enough to win me the championship”.
Finishing in second place with retrogression was Maloney after he bounced back from a opening round 76 with a final round 73 to get him into the four man playoff.
Junior Girls U19
Tiana Cruz of Richmond Hill, ON continues to dominate the Junior Girls division by adding another trophy to her collection after winning the David Hearn Kia Championship this past weekend at Rockway Glen Golf Course. Cruz managed to win her fourth CJGA event of the season, and third in three weeks after posting tournament scores of 73-80-153. Cruz entered the final round one shot back of the leader and despite not playing her best round on Sunday, she was still able to grind it out for the victory.
Finishing in second place, only one shot behind of Cruz was Cindy Zhou from Niagara Falls, ON. Zhou posted an even par round of 72 during the first round and then an 82 in the final round to bring her tournament total to 154 narrowly missing out on forcing a playoff against Cruz.
Bantam Boys U15
Peter Blazevic of Mississauga, ON continues is dominate form in the CJGA Bantam Boys division after capturing yet another division title over the weekend at the David Hearn Kia Championship. Blazevic continued his good form after winning the Larry Ungerman Cup last week and now can also add a David Hearn Kia Championship to his already impressive resume. Peter was able to finish the tournament under par after having rounds of 70-73-143 to win by seven strokes.
Andrew Young of Oakville, ON finished in second place in the Bantam Boys division after posting consistent tournament rounds of 75-75-150.
Bantam Girls U15
Sarah Gallagher of Burlington, ON continued the trend of multiple winners at the David Hearn Kia Championship as she was able to win her third CJGA tournament in three weeks adding to her already impressive trophy collection from this season. Gallagher shot rounds of 82-84-166 to win the division by three shots.
“My first goal is to play my best but there’s always that thought in your head that you want to win this and get another win, get as many as I can but I don’t focus on just winning as much.” commented Gallagher in a post tournament interview.
Finishing in second place from Richmond Hill, ON was Annie Yu after she posted scores of 85-84-169 to finish just three back of Sarah.
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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 will aim 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 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. Currently in its 25th year, 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.
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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