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Canada's most-played Junior Golf Tour

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Press Release

June 7-8, 2008
Lethbridge, AB

For Immediate Release — June 9, 2008

Two players make Texas their “1st Choice” at MJT’s Paradise Canyon Stop

LETHBRIDGE, AB – In weather conditions which most golfers just try to survive, Carson Kallis, 15, of Red Deer, Alberta, blitzed the Paradise Canyon Golf Resort course with an incredible 63 on day one to end up with the low overall score and Boys 14-16 division title in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s 1st Choice Savings Series tournament this past weekend.

The rain came down sideways for the MJT veteran on the front nine, which he played 3-under, getting better on the back nine where he shot 5-under for his 8-under-par career-best round, an amazing score considering the circumstances.

The weather improved on day two with threatening rain being held off by strong winds, and Kallis followed up with a 75 to finish at 138 total score and a spot on MJT Team Canada to the Texas Junior Masters in San Antonio this August. Steven Scheidt, 16, of Calgary, was runner-up in the Boys 14-16 division after closing with a brilliant 67 on day two (74-67=141). Rhys Tosczak, 16, of Calgary, and Taylor Irvin, 16, of Cochrane, also posted fine final rounds of 69 and 68 respectively to place third and fourth at 143 and 144 total scores in the fiercely competitive division.

MJT veterans also dominated the Boys 17 and up division, where Lewis Chong, 19, of Lethbridge, posted scores of 68-73 (141) to win the title. “This means that all the hard work I put in with practicing is paying off,” he said. “Shooting 68 in those conditions was the highlight for me.” Jace Barros, 18, of Edmonton, followed up his opening round of 71 with a 77 to take second place honors in the division, while tied for third place at 149 total score was Eric Allard, 17, of Calgary, (78-71) and Travis Kemp, 18, of Lethbridge (77-72).

Calgarians dominated the Girls division in the 1st Choice Savings Series event where Kelly Amundrud, 17, played well the second day to edge first-round leader Jennifer Ha by one shot and take top honours with rounds of 80-77=157. “This win means a lot because there were a lot of girls in the tournament who could have won,” said Amundrud, who secured the girl’s spot in the Texas Junior Masters. Ha, age 14, shot 76-82 (158). Finishing third was Christie Lin, 14, who fired a great closing round of 78 for a 163 total score.

11-year-old Patrick Murphy of Crossfield played two consistent rounds, shooting 79-78 (157) to win the Boys 13 and under division. “The high level of competition on the MJT prepares me for other tournaments,” he said. “This is my first win in the 13 and under division.” Runner-up was Patrick Lee, 13, of Calgary, who played steady each day (83-81=164), holding off a hard charge from Ian Mmbando, 13, of Lethbridge (87-79=166).

The divisional winners in the Mr. Lube Long Drive Competition were Stryder Montgomery, 13, of Strathmore, Evan Cowan, 15, of Coaldale, Travis Kemp and Justine Stevens, 15, of Calgary. The Sundog Skills competition divisional winners were Patrick Murphy, Gerald Slade, 18, of Calgary, and Laura Jensen, 19, of Picture Butte.

The next tournament on the MJT’s Alberta schedule is the MJT Macleod Savings and Credit Union Classic at the Bridges at Claresholm Golf Club in Claresholm on June 14th and 15th. For more information or to register, please visit www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-4653.

About the MJT
The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) is presented nationally by Boston Pizza and is Canada's premier and only junior golf tour run exclusively by Golf Professionals. The MJT is proud to play a role in developing young players, including several Canadian National Champions and many Future Links and Provincial Champions. The MJT also provides opportunities for young Canadians to learn how to golf and introduces players as young as four years old to the game via free instructional clinics. In addition, the MJT encourages young players to further their education with scholarship awards. For more information, please visit www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-GOLF.

Media Contact:
Elaine Denton
Marketing & PR, MJT
T: 1-877-943-1645
Email: edenton@maplejt.com