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MJT Canaccord Capital City Series at McCleery GC
Qualifier: WYTC

March 16, 2008
McCleery GC • Vancouver, BC

Hale the King at McCleery on MJT

Vancouver, B.C. – The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) opened its 10th anniversary season with the Canaccord Capital City Series, held at McCleery Golf Club in Vancouver in cold and wet conditions. Notwithstanding the weather, a fine field of young golfers turned out to compete in four divisions, and exemptions into the World Youth Team Challenge in Illinois, USA, were open to certain age categories.

Aaron Hale of Maple Ridge, BC, shot an excellent 71 considering the less than perfect conditions to claim low overall score and the Boys 17 and up division title. "It means the world to me (to win), best win of my career," said Hale. "The highlight was my birdie on 15 when Ryan Brooks was making a charge." Brooks, of Pitt Meadows, B.C., settled for runner-up in the division with a 73, and third place went to John Koo of Langley, B.C. (78).

Porsche Campbell of Vancouver won the Girls division in style with a 74, edging former MJT Cleveland Golf Player of the Year Jennifer Yang of Coquitlam, B.C., by two strokes. “This win shows what I can do and what I have achieved and also makes me want to shoot even better than what I did today in such bad conditions,” said Campbell, who is starting her fifth season on the MJT. "The steady improvement by Porsche over the past four years is testament to our mandate," says Murray Poje, Executive Director of the MJT, "and her goal of becoming a two handicap is on track." Third place among the girls went to newcomer Valentina Trillo of Port Moody, B.C. (80).

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Top Finishers

Place Name City Sex Age Scores Total Status
Boys 13 & Under
Par 71, Yardage 5767, Slope/Rating 114/67.7
1 Kevin Kwon Coquitlam, BC M 12 76 76
1 Christopher Ballesteros Vancouver, BC M 9 88 88 *Boys 10 & Under
2 Edward B.X. Li Vancouver, BC M 13 87 87
3 Kenny Zhou Richmond, BC M 13 93 93
Boys 14-16
Par 71, Yardage 6361, Slope/Rating 129/70.6
1 Jun Ho Lee Port Coquitlam, BC M 16 76 76
2 Brian Jung Maple Ridge, BC M 14 78 78 Tie
2 Andy Yang Coquitlam, BC M 15 78 78 Tie
2 Mike Belle Burnaby, BC M 15 78 78 Tie
Boys 17-19
Par 71, Yardage 6361, Slope/Rating 129/70.6
1 Aaron Hale Maple Ridge, BC M 22 71 71
2 Ryan Brooks Pitt Meadows, BC M 19 73 73
3 John Koo Langley, BC M 18 78 78
Girls
Par 71, Yardage 5100, Slope/Rating 117/68.2
1 Porsche Campbell Vancouver, BC F 15 74 74
2 Jennifer Yang Coquitlam, BC F 14 76 76
3 Valentina Trillo Port Moody, BC F 13 80 80

Full Results
Order of Merit Standings