Choi low overall with 70, 71 at windswept MJT Alberta Series presented by SAIT Trojans Athletics
Lethbridge, AB – (July 3, 2020) - With the country celebrating its 153rd birthday on July 1, Canada’s number-one played junior golf tour hosted a full field of talented junior golfers in Lethbridge at the MJT Alberta Series presented by SAIT Trojans Athletics at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort. The two-day event finished July 2nd and ran under revised health and safety guidelines as well as tough weather conditions, as players battled winds gusting up to 60km/h and heavy rain.
SAIT Trojans Athletics, proud supporters of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, were represented on site at the event by Head Golf Coach, Stephen Yanitski, who commented, “Thank you to everyone for participating in this MJT event presented by SAIT Trojans Athletics. It was a pleasure to meet all the players and see some quality golf being played.”
18-year old Ethan Choi, of Pincher Creek, AB, certainly stepped up his game during the challenging conditions winning the MJT Junior Boys Division and firing the Low Overall Boys score with a 71 and 70 (141, -1). Choi recorded seven birdies over the two-day event, acquiring his first MJT title since 2015. “It’s been a year since my last event,” mentioned Choi. “I kept a smile on my face and enjoyed the competition.”
Winning the MJT Juvenile Boys title by a six-shot margin was 15-year old Zachary Haydamack. After recording a fourth place finish just over a week ago at the MJT Alberta Season Opener at Carstairs Golf Club, the Rocky View County, AB-player made six birdies on his way to a 73 and 72 (145) and his first 2020 win. “The par 3s were challenging,” remarked Haydamack. “My strategy going in was to play aggressive on the Par 5s and hit the middle of the green on the par 3s.
Brett Jones, 13, of Calgary, AB, fired rounds of 76 and 73 (149) to take home the title in the MJT Bantam Boys Division. Jones, who only began competing on the MJT last year, picked up his third career win at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort. “It feels great to win,” commented Jones. “I practiced a lot before I came [to the event] and I was determined to get the win.”
Picking up his second win in as many starts on the MJT Alberta circuit was 12-year old Brady Durkin. The Sylvan Lake, AB-golfer shot 83 and 84 (167) to win the MJT Peewee Boys Division by just a single shot. “It was closer than I would have liked,” commented Durkin who was tied for the lead after the first round. “I focused on my own game and didn’t worry about anyone else’s score.”
The MJT Girls U15 title was captured by 11-year old, Eileen Park, of Red Deer, AB, who carded rounds of 87 and 86 (173). Park, who has had some success on the MJT Mini Tour, began making the transition onto the Junior Tour this year and hit a great milestone picking up her first win at Paradise Canyon Golf Resort. “I know how hard the greens are,” commented Park, who attributed her win to her knowledge of the golf course. “I really focused on the wind and the slopes.”
Brynne Davies, 15, of Calgary, took home the win by seven strokes in the MJT Girls 15-19 Division. Davies fired scores of 92 and 93 (185). “Under these conditions, it could have been anyone’s game,” remarked Davies. “My strategy was to hit lower shots to keep [the ball] under the wind.”
Full results of the event can be viewed here. The next Alberta MJT junior tour stop, the MJT Ford Series - PGA of Alberta Junior Championship at McKenzie Meadows Golf Club, will take place from July 13 to15 in Calgary. More details can be found online at www.maplejt.com.
About SAIT Trojan Athletics: The SAIT Trojans are one of the original founders of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC), which was formed in the 1964-65. Since then, the Trojans have captured countless medals in a variety of sports, including 16 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) national championships, 128 ACAC team championships and 67 ACAC individual championships. As of 2018-19, the Trojans have nearly 200 student athletes who compete in eight ACAC sports. More information can be found by going to saittrojans.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.