Spectacular finishes highlight MJT’s Elmwood stop - Danielson, Grieve eagle final holes to win, Nagy’s late birdie secures win
Swift Current, SK – (June 29, 2020) - After a much anticipated wait and following strict new MJT policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of everyone participating, the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour opened its 22nd season on June 27 and 28 in Swift Current, SK. Rain and wind during the first round was banished by sunshine and fantastic scoring conditions on day two in the MJT / Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Series at Elmwood Golf and Country Club. Players competed for titles in six divisions and the event witnessed many spectacular finishes down to the final hole, marking a thrilling opening event on the MJT Saskatchewan circuit.
Josh Nagy, 18, of Saskatoon, took home a narrow one-shot win in the MJT Junior Boys Division firing great scores of 70 and 75 (145). Nagy’s impressive two-under opening round and two-shot lead were quickly washed away after a tough start to the second round. A sensational surge by second-place finisher Chase Gedak, 18, of Estevan, SK, saw four birdies in the first six holes of his back nine to take hold of the lead. But Nagy’s consistency and late birdie on the 17th hole propelled him to a one-shot victory. “My strategy going in was to keep things simple,” he commented. “I limited my bogeys and doubles and I finished strong.” Nagy took home both the division title and the Low Overall Boys score for the event.
It came down to the very last hole in the MJT Juvenile Boys Division between Saskatoon players Thomas Danielson (72, 77 = 149), 15, and Alex Swinnerton (76, 74 = 150), 15. Danielson, who fired an opening even-par round of 72, struggled with a triple bogey start on day two. Finding his groove later in the round, Danielson carded a three-under par back nine which included making eagle on the 18th hole of the event to win by a single shot. “I didn’t know I had won until I was in the scoring tent,” mentioned Danielson. “It’s awesome to say that I finally won a [MJT] event!”
The MJT Bantam Boys Division saw splendid scoring from 14-year old Darien Herlick, of Weyburn, SK. Herlick recorded scores of 71 and 79 (150) to win the title by six shots which included an incredible start four birdies in his opening nine holes to shoot a four-under 30. “I putted really well this weekend,” commented Herlick, when asked what he attributed his win to. “I kept the ball in play just focused on my own game.”
Sarah Grieve, 17, of Saskatoon, had a marvelous start to her 2020 season on the MJT winning the Girls 15-19 title after firing 77 and 73 (150), including an eagle on the last hole to win by two shots. “I’ve been working and practicing so much lately,” commented Grieve. “To play in an event felt so good and even better to win.”
Making a six-shot improvement between her two rounds was Yorkton, SK’s Ella Kozak, 14, in the MJT Girls U15 Division. Kozak fired an opening round of 82 and followed that up with a 76 which included going one-under par in her first nine holes. “I hit the ball pretty well, just tried to stay focused and hit good shots,” she stated.
In the MJT Peewee Boys Division, Saskatoon’s Jack Maharaj, 11, took home the win with rounds of 85 and 90 (175). This event marks Maharaj’s first win on the junior tour after making his transition from the Mini Tour.
Full results of the event can be viewed here. The next MJT Junior Tour stop in Saskatchewan is the MJT - Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Series at Tor Hill Golf Club, will be held on July 6 and 7 in Regina. More information is online at www.maplejt.com.
About the MJT: The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour is Canada’s number one-played Junior Golf Tour as well as the only national junior tour run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals and the ‘Road to College Golf’ in Canada. The organization is supported by valued Premier, Tournament and Product Partners. The MJT hosts close to 90 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 12U and multi-day events for competitive players aged 11-19 which also offer qualifiers for international tournaments. The program has annual awards, scholarships and incentives to help reward performance and participation throughout each season. MJT alumni include many Professional Tour players and PGA of Canada Professionals, as well as Canadian Amateur, National and Provincial Junior Champions. The MJT aims to develop champions, in golf and in life, promoting the game from grassroots through to the provincial, national, university and professional levels.