St. Andrews, Scotland (August 10, 2016) – Team USA continued to dominate their Canadian and Scottish counterparts today at the second round of the Euro Junior Golf Cup at Leven Golf Course. Both Canada and Scotland struggled under rainy conditions as the American squad gained more ground in the three-day event. Team USA now leads with 29 points to Canada’s 16 and Scotland with 15 points. Canada, who has won the title five out of the last six years, found themselves in an unusual position, trailing heading into the final round.
Boys Division U19
After a sluggish start in round one, Mitchel Thiessen of Chilliwack, B.C., collected a much needed point for Canada in game two by defeating Scotsman Sam Nicholson 2 & 1.
In game 6, Evan Callaghan of Stellarton, N.S., who was shut-out yesterday posted another point for the Canada with a 2 & 1 victory over Scotsman Calum Giffen.
Other highlights for the Canadian side in the Boys U19 division included Nicholas Workun who remained undefeated after winning both his matches and Bryce Tickner who won the final four holes to halve his match with American, Shane French.
Girls Division U19
Once again, the girls division saw the dominate performance of the American girls as they continued to rack up the points for Team USA collecting 3 ½ out of a possible 4 points. Despite the strong performance of American Angela Ding, Angel Lin of Surrey, B.C., was able to squeeze out a ½ point for Canada after taking her opponent to the final hole.
Boys Division U15
The final match of the day saw Tony Li of Vancouver, B.C., capture Canada’s last point with a 1 UP victory over American, Ryan Hartanto. With the rain continuing to fall and his teammates overlooking the 18th green, Li slid in a 25 foot par putt to seal the victory.
“I’m proud how the team battled today in the conditions. We found ourselves down early but battled back into some of the matches” said Non Playing Captain for CJGA Team Canada, Brad Kinvig. “We are looking forward to the final matches. We know from last year’s experience that Crail can cause a shift in the momentum and we hope to take advantage of that.”
Final round matches will take place at Crail Golf Club starting at 10:20 a.m. local time. Spectators are encouraged to attend.
About the Euro Junior Golf Cup
Formerly known as the World Junior Golf Cup, the Euro Junior Golf Cup was developed in 1998 and is held in Fife, Scotland every year. Popular among juniors across North America and Scotland, the Euro Junior Golf Cup provides junior golfers with an opportunity to re-visit golf’s history and maybe make some of their own. Three countries participate each year – Canada, represented by the Canadian Junior Golf Association, the United States, represented by the
San Diego Junior Golf Association (SDJGA), and Scotland represented by the Fife Golf Union States. The tournament takes on a unique format with the three teams competing in singles matches over three days to determine a winner for the John Clark Trophy.
About the CJGA
The Canadian Junior Golf Association is a “registered Canadian amateur athletic association” (RCAAA) not-for-profit registered federally with Revenue Canada. The Canadian Junior Golf Association (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.