Toronto, ON (July 29th, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Golf Association hosted the third annual Golf Week Canadian Junior Invitational at the beautiful Bayview Golf and Country Club in Toronto, ON. There was a short delay during the first round due to unplayable course conditions because of heavy rain fall, but after play resumed the sun came out and turned into a beautiful day. The second round had similar weather as Thursday afternoon as juniors played under partly cloudy skies and cooler temperatures. The tournament saw juniors travel from across the country which included players from British Columbia and also players from the United States travelling as far as Oregon and Texas.
Junior Boys U19
Keaton Veillette of Toronto, ON was able to clinch the Junior Boys division trophy at the Golf Week Canadian Junior Invitational at Bayview. Veillette posted scores of 70-75-145 to win the division by four strokes. Keaton’s first round 70 was the lowest score posted in the tournament. Veillette was feeling pretty good about his golf game heading into this tournament after placing well in previous events. Veillette is also currently a member at Bayview which gave him a upper hand on the field, “Ive played here over a hundred times, so yesterday with the bad weather it was easy for me to plot around the course which definitely benefitted me over the field.”
Veillette entered the final round with a two shot lead and was able to pull away from the field by sticking to his regular game plan by, “playing like I do every other round, not doing to much, just letting it come to you.” Keaton just recently graduated from grade 12 and will be taking a year off before making a decision on his future. He will be living with relatives in California and Florida next year to practice and sharpen up his game as he will look to compete in tournaments to get noticed for potential scholarships. Veillette will also be looking to perhaps Monday qualify into some pro events.
Finishing in solo second place was Luca Ferrara also from Toronto, ON. The 15 year old Ferrara had tournament rounds of 72-77-149 to just finish four shots off of Veillette’s pace.
Junior Girls U19
Tiana Cruz of Richmond Hill, ON was victorious in the Junior Girls division at the Golf Week Canadian Junior Invitational at Bayview. Cruz was able to fend off the field by posting scores of 77-85-162 to win by three strokes. Tiana’s opening round 77 was the lowest score posted in the division during the event.
Cruz was pretty excited about her victory and really enjoyed the rounds with her two playing partners, Haley Barclay and Jennifer Gu for both rounds of the tournament, “I feel good, I had a lot of fun this past two days, I played with great people and I wouldn’t of wanted it any other way.” Tiana credited her driving off the tee, in which she hit almost every fairway, to her having the over night lead. During the second round she felt that her putter really saved her in certain situations, that ultimately gave her the win over great competition.
Haley Barclay of Strathroy, ON was able to finish in second play in the Junior Girls division. Strathroy had scores of 81-84-165 to just finish three shots off of Cruz’s lead. Her final round 84 was the low score of the day on Friday.
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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