Severe Weather Results In Delays at PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship
– Suspension of play due to darkness –
Whitby, Ont. (July 27, 2016) – The day started early and the heat quickly rolled in. Players moved through 18 holes in hopes of making it through to the quarterfinal matches. Mid-day, dark clouds rolled into Lakeridge Links Golf Course, creating a three-hour weather delay. Players anxiously waited before play was resumed at 7:00 p.m. Play was suspended due to darkness and will resume tomorrow morning at 6:30 a.m.
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Alyssa Getty, 19, from Rutheven, Ont., didn’t let Monday’s rough start get her down. Getty, first seeded, has blazed through her opponents in the three days of golf. She worked through her match today with an 8&6 win over Rodrigues. This will make for an intense match tomorrow against 4th seed Brigitte Thibault.
Thibault, 18, from Rosemere, Que., played two conservative rounds today. She cleared her first match this morning with a 7&6 win over Jucan. This pitted her up against Emily Zhu, who was seeded 5th. Thibault took down Zhu with another 7&6 win.
Cynthia Zhao, 16, from Toronto, Ont., and 3rd seed, was afforded a bye yesterday into the quarterfinal matches. Today, she played against Abbie Anghelescu, who was in her second match of the day after a 6&5 win against Natasha Stasiuk. Zhao defeated Anghelescu with a final score of 2UP, placing her against Rina Jung for tomorrow’s semi-final match.
Jung, 17, from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., 2nd seed, was also afforded a bye, moving her directly to the quarterfinals match. Jung and May battled well, but May succumbed with a 6&5 win for Jung. This will line her up against Zhao tomorrow morning.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
It was a quick day for the Bantam Girls division as they moved right into their quarterfinal matches. Moving into the semi-finals are Raesa Sheikh, Vaijayanti Bharkhada, Vanessa Chychrun, and Angela Aurora.
Sheikh, 13, from Markham, Ont., was seeded first in the Bantam Girls division. Today she was competing against Annie Wanying Yu who was 8th seed. Sheikh dominated the round of match play winning 8&7, moving to battle against Vaijayanti Bharkhada tomorrow.
Bharkhada, 14, from Brampton, Ont., came into today as the 8th seed, and played against 5th seed Catherine Zhang. Bharkhada managed to putt her way to victory with a 6&5 win, lining her up for the semi-final match tomorrow morning.
Vanessa Chychrun, 14, from Aurora, Ont., took a 4&3 win today after her match with Isabella Landry. Chychrun, the 6th seed, is now on her way to the semi-final match against Angela Arora.
Angela Arora, 12, from Surrey, B.C., came into today’s match as the 7th seed. Defeating Wen 3&2, Arora moves onto the semi-finals match, putting her against 6th seed, Chychrun.
Tomorrow will be an early start for everyone. Play is set to resume at 6:30 a.m. to finish quarterfinal matches, which will allow for semi-final matches to begin at 7:30 a.m.
About the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship
In 2001 the PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship was incorporated into the CJGA tournament schedule to provide junior golfers with outstanding skills an opportunity to compete in a match play format. Juniors gain a valuable experience due to the tournaments’ strength of field and have a chance to evaluate their skills against some of the nation’s best junior golfers. This tournament is the only national junior match play event in Canada.
About 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.
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