June 9-10, 2007
Stony Plain, AB
For Immediate Release — June 11, 2007
Cowan Qualifies for MJT Team Canada to Texas
STONY PLAIN, AB – Hard rain interrupted the first round of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s (MJT) stop at Stony Plain Golf Club, with only the Girls and the Boys 13 and under divisions finishing 9 holes. The two-day tournament, which was also a qualifier for the Texas Junior Masters at Colovista Golf Club in Bastrop, TX, this July, was then shortened to 27 holes for these two divisions and 18 holes for Boys 14-16 and 17 and up.
Derek Rucki, 13, of Chestermere, AB, finished with some great play to hold off Colin Williams, 13, of Calgary, AB, among Boys 13 and under. Rucki, who said, “my sand play was key - I hit a bunker shot that hit the pin, stopping a couple of inches away,” came from two shots back on the long, tough and soggy Stony Plain course to finish with 123 total score (42-81) for 27 holes. Williams shot 40-85 (125). Finishing third was another Calgarian, Jason Allard, 13, (43-84=127), who also won both the Mr. Lube Long Drive and the Sundog Skills Competition in the division.
Breanne Neufeld, 17, of Coaldale, AB, continued to dominate the Girls division, winning her fourth event in as many starts with scores of 37-77 (114) for 27 holes. “I executed my game plan throughout the entire tournament,” she stated. “I wanted to hit solid shots coming down the stretch and was just focused on playing well.” Runner-up Kelly Amundrud, 16, of Calgary, was tied for the lead with Neufeld after day one, but finished five strokes back with 119 total score (37-82). In third place, Jocelyn Alford, 17, of Calgary played well shooting 39-85 (124) and also won both the Mr. Lube Long Drive and Sundog Skills Competition among the girls.
Evan Cowan, 14, of Coaldale, shot the low round of even-par 72 in the Boys 14-16 division and qualified for the boys aged 13-15 spot for the Texas Junior Masters. The rest of the team is qualifying at other MJT tournaments across the country. Cowan stated that his only goal after a poor start was to “get it back to even”, which he did by chipping in on the 10th hole, and rolling in a “50’ bomb” on number 18. Runner-up Jordan Gibson, 15, of Picture Butte, AB, was even par on the front nine but finished in second place with a 75 after letting a few slip away on the back. Dylan Martell, 16, of Cold Lake, AB, played well under the pressure of his first event on the MJT and claimed third place in the division with a 76. Anthony Stirling, 15, of Calgary, and Lance Wesolowski, 15, of Chestermere, won the division’s Mr. Lube Long Drive and Sundog Skills Competition respectively.
A fine score of three-under-par 69 was recorded by two Edmonton players in the Boys 17 and up division - Jace Barros, 17, and Darren Hupfer, 18. Barros took the trophy based on countback. “I had a good stretch through holes five to nine, with four birdies,” he said. Another Edmonton player, 18-year-old Steven Lecuyer, took third place after firing 71. Derek Butt, 18, of Morinville, AB, won the Sundog Skills Competition in the division.
The Alberta schedule on the MJT continues June 28th and 29th with the 1st Choice Savings Series at Picture Butte Golf Club in Picture Butte. For more information or to register, please visit www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-4653.
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