Six titles awarded on MJT Mini Tour at Victoria Park Valley Golf Club
Puslinch, ON – (June 29, 2020) - Canada’s number played junior golf tour opened its Mini Tour season in Ontario on Sunday, June 28, where golfers aged 12 and under competed for titles in six divisions at the one-day MJT Mini Tour at Victoria Park Valley Golf Club in Puslinch. With new health and safety procedures in place, participants played 18 holes in fantastic sunshine, making for a fun, successful, and safe start to the season.
12-year old Ashton Rinaldi, playing in his first career MJT Mini Tour event, took home the win in style in the MJT Boys 11-12 Division. The Springwater, ON, athlete fired a great round of 68 on the par 62 Victoria Park Valley Golf Club to win the title by four shots. “I didn’t know I had won until I got called up to get my prize,” mentioned Rinaldi. “I think I won because I played well and stayed focused.”
The MJT Boys 9-10 Division saw 10-year old Terrence Deng, of Markham, ON, record a 72 to win the title by two shots. Deng started off his round strong, making birdie on his first hole and cruising from there. “My caddy helped me a lot,” commented Deng who was happy to share the victory. “He helped me stay steady and calm.”
Eight-year old Mason Garant, of Windsor, ON, carded a 77 in the MJT Boys U8 Division to win in convincing fashion. “I put in lots of hard work,” mentioned Garant. “I tried to make as many birdies as possible.”
An exciting finish took place in the MJT Girls 11-12 Division as one shot separated three players at the top of the leaderboard. After nine holes of play, it was 10-year old Elliana Buhagiar, of Scarborough, ON, who had a two shot lead. But emerging on top at the end of the round was 11-year old Francesca Ampil, of Brampton, ON, who came back to win the title. When asked how she felt, Ampil commented, “It means a lot for me to win because it was my first event.” Finishing tied for second place with scores of 75 were Michelle Chu, 11, of Markham, ON, and Elliana Buhagiar, 10, of Scarborough, ON.
Gracie McKee, 10, of Oakville, ON, came out to shoot a solid score of 85 in the MJT Girls 9-10 Division. Mckee, who rejoined the MJT Mini Tour after playing her last event in 2018, will be looking to play a full season this year. “I worked really hard,” commented McKee who put in lots of practice leading up to the event. “I tried to play consistent.”
In the MJT Girls U8 Division, Kaeleigh Chung, of Richmond Hill, ON, won the title with a score of 84. The eight-year old golfer picked up her first win in her first career MJT Mini Tour event. “I was mostly focusing on myself,” remarked Chung when asked if she was thinking about her competitors. “I just focused on my game.”
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.