Pitt Meadows, BC (April 24, 2017) – The CJGA was hosted the annual CJGA Junior at Swan-e-set this past weekend at the Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club. The weekend tournament saw juniors from across the province tee it up over two rounds within four divisions. The course is one of the toughest but most gorgeous played on the CJGA tour in British Columbia.
Junior Boys U19
Jackson Rothwell of Victoria, BC was able to capture the Junior Boys title by two strokes. Rothwell shot rounds of 74-76-150 to finish at +6 for the tournament in which his driving and scrambling were the best parts of his game.
“I felt like a drove the ball pretty well this week, I struggled with putting a little, I was really good getting up and down, my scrabbling was really good”, said Rothwell in the clubhouse after his final round. “Swan-e-set is one of the best courses we play on the CJGA Circuit in BC”.
Rothwell entered the final round tied for the lead at the top of the leaderboard. A solid game plan and course management during the final round back nine stretch helped Rothwell shoot a 37 on the back to claim the trophy.
Andy Jang from Langley, BC finished in a close second place just two shots behind Rothwell. Jang was three shots off the lead entering the final round and after shooting a 75 was able to jump up the leader board to finish in solo second.
Junior Girls U19
Kitty Zhang from Vancouver, BC claimed victory in the Junior Girls Division with rounds of 74-78-152, which was good enough for a three shot lead. This is Zhang’s first victory on the CJGA and she was really excited about her win.
The softer course conditions forced Zhang to adapt her golf game, “I couldn’t hit my driver very far, and my driver is usually the best part of my game, so when I’m hitting my driver shorter I feel insecure and I start doubting my game”.
Esther Subin Lee of Maple Ridge, BC finished in second place after rounds of 75-80-155 including a even final round back nine to apply the pressure on Zhang.
Bantam Boys U15
Richmond, BC own Freddy Sun was able to be the only player to end the tournament under par to claim the Bantam Boys Division. Sun fired weekend rounds of 69-71 to win the tournament by six strokes. Sun was feeling great after his victory as he made a bounce back birdie on 17 after a bogey on 16.
“It didn’t really effect me, I stayed strong and hung tough out there”, Sun said when asked about battling the weather conditions during the final round. Great iron play and draining some long putts throughout his rounds ultimately gave Sun the tournament.
Andy Luo of Burnaby, BC finished in second play after posting rounds of 71-75-146. Luo was able to start the final round off with posting a one under front nine before finishing the day at 3 over par, good enough for a two shot difference over third place.
Bantam Girls U15
Angel Lin from Surrey, BC was able to cruise to victory in the Bantam Girls Division by shooting rounds of 81-76-157 good enough for a 18 shot lead. Lin was happy about her victory despite feeling she made some unnecessary mistakes on a few holes throughout the tournament. Playing in the weather conditions and pulling off the win was a good experience for Lin.
“I think managing mistakes and controlling damage”, said Lin when asked about the best part of her golf game throughout the windy tournament conditions, “I played the course as if bogey was the new par”.
Michelle Ai of West Vancouver, BC finished in solo second place after having weekend rounds of 87-88-175. Ai finished off the tournament strong by tying her weekend best nine hole score of 43.
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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Trevor Vander Glas
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