-Innisbrook’s Copperhead and North Courses Set to Test Juniors in Final Round Monday-
Palm Harbor, FL (December 29, 2019) – Another day of excellent golfing weather greeted the competitors at the CJGA World Junior Challenge, hosted at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, FL. Playing the Island and North courses for today’s second round, division leader boards changed in three of five divisions, setting the stage for exciting finishes in all of the categories.
Niagara Falls, Ontario resident Nolan Piazza vaulted into the lead in the Junior Boys Division with a second round 75 (+3) and a two-day total of 146 (+3). Just one stroke back after round one, the Canadian heads into tomorrow’s final round on the Copperhead Course with a one-stroke lead. Jiarong Liu (Bradenton, FL) fired a second round 74 (+2) to join Piazza in the final grouping along with Sean-Karl Dobson (Austin, TX) after he shot a second-round score of 77 (+5).
Chloe Chan (Hong Kong) heads into the final round with a three-stroke lead after shooting a second round 74 (+4) and a two-day total of 142. First round co-leader Savannah De Bock (Belgium) shot a second-round 74 (+4) to sit at five-over par to sit in second spot. Clarksville, TN resident Kendall Maynard with join the pair in the final grouping tomorrow after she shot a 76 (+6) in today’s second round. Oakville, Ontario’s Nicole Gal moved into a tie for fourth place after she shot a second round 75 (+5).
Rafael Estrada (Mexico) put together a strong second round firing a one-under par round 69. Opening with bogeys on the third and fourth holes, Estrada finished with three birdies in his final 14 holes. Bence Bertenyi (Budapest) matched Estrada’s round shooting a 69 (-1) round. He sits two strokes back ahead of tomorrow’s final round on the challenging North Course. Justin Bai (Lake Mary, FL) will play in the final grouping sitting three strokes back after shooting a second round 70 (E) and a 143 two-day total.
Mi Li of Winter Garden, FL expanded her lead to eleven strokes heading into the final round. Shooting a three-over par (73) round today, Li has a two-day total of 144 (+4). Her closest competitor, Toronto, Ontario’s Olivia Wilkie, shot a second round 77 (+7) and will have her work cut out for her to cut into Li’s lead early to challenge for the title. Miriam Barcalova (Boynton Beach, FL) put a strong second round together shooting a round of 74 (+4) to move herself into the final grouping.
The round of the day went to Casper, WY resident Carson Bertagnole after he fired a sizzling 63 (-7) on the North Course. With two bogeys on his card, Bertagnole put up an eagle and seven birdies. Five of those birdie’s came on holes two thru six, as he sits in the clubhouse with a two-day total of 130 (-10). First round leader Ronav Benak (Tampa, FL) shot his second consecutive round under par with a 69 (-1). He will join Bertagnole in the final grouping, five strokes back, as will Rylan Hall (Stratford, ON) after he fired a two-under par round of 68.
Zoie Chan (Hong Kong) heads into the final round with a one stroke lead over first round leader Bridget Wilkie (Toronto, ON). Chan shot a second round 72 (+2) to Wilkie’s 76 (+6) to move atop the leader board. Sitting just six strokes back and in the final grouping is Ann-Sophie Bourgault (Mont Tremblant, QC) after she shot a 78 (+8) in her second round.
Tournament Information – CJGA World Junior Challenge
Final round will get under way on Monday on the Copperhead and North Courses at 7:45am off both holes #1 and #10 on both courses.
About Innisbrook, a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort
Operated by Salamander Hotels & Resorts and owned by Sheila C. Johnson, Innisbrook is situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and is located just 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The resort features 72 holes of championship golf, 550 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Academy, 11 tennis courts, the luxury Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Part of Salamander’s Golf Collection, Innisbrook hosts the annual Valspar Championship presented by BB&T at its famed Copperhead Course. For additional information call 727.942.2000 or visit www.innisbrookgolfresort.com.
About Visit St. Pete/Clearwater
Situated on a sun-drenched peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Tampa Bay, St. Pete/Clearwater is the most popular destination on the Gulf of Mexico with 35 miles of white-sand beaches. Renowned for its award-winning beaches and charming Florida beach towns, St. Pete/Clearwater routinely lands on TripAdvisor’s Best Beaches lists. Reaffirming its reputation as America’s Best Beaches, Clearwater Beach was crowned TripAdvisor’s 2018 No. 1 Best Beach in the U.S. for the second time in three years, in addition to being named No. 7 in the World. St. Pete Beach came in at No. 7 putting two area beaches in the Top 10.
In addition to the raved-about beach towns, the area’s culinary, arts and cultural scenes are just a few reasons why St. Pete/Clearwater is a top international destination. From world-class museums, including The Dali Museum and more than 100+ vibrant urban murals sprinkling downtown St. Pete, to Winter the dolphin, star of blockbuster film Dolphin Tale, calling Clearwater Marine Aquarium home and the PGA Tour’s Valspar Championship at Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course, there’s even more to discover beyond the beaches.
No matter where you visit while on vacation in the St. Pete/Clearwater area, you’ll get a glimpse of authentic Florida with great people, tons of attractions, and fun (and beaches) for miles.
About the Canadian Junior Golf Association
The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) non-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 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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Canadian Junior Golf Association