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MJT Alberta Series at River\'s Edge GC
QUALIFIER: Jack Newton International Junior Classic - Australia

May 30-31, 2009
Okotoks, AB

SCORCHING SCORES AT MJT’S AUSTRALIA QUALIFIER IN OKOTOKS

OKOTOKS, AB - (June 1, 2009) – Steven Scheidt was as hot as the weather this past weekend, firing scorching rounds of 68-69 to win the Boys 17-19 division and low overall in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Alberta Series at River's Edge Golf Club in Okotoks. Scheidt, 17, of Calgary, played “two solid rounds, back to back in the 60's” and putted beautifully. "Conditions were tough in the wind, I tried to play smart golf but putting was the key," he said. Finishing well back in this category and tying for second place were Connor O’Reilly, 17, of Edmonton, (75-73=148), and Matt Whittaker, 17, of Lethbridge (74-74=148).

Players were also vying for a spot on MJT Team Canada in the 2009 Jack Newton International Junior Classic in Australia, hosted by the Oaks Golf Club in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales during October 13th to 16th. This long-standing seven-day event is run by the Jack Newton Foundation, whose mandate since 1986 has been ‘to introduce more young people to the game and to nurture their skills and enjoyment of the sport.’ Although Scheidt was lowest overall, come October he will be over the age limit of 17 set for the event, leaving the spot open to the Boys 14-16 division winner, red-hot Riley Fleming, 15, of Airdrie, who claimed his second tournament victory in a row this weekend.

Fleming finished the River’s Edge tournament at one-under-par, carding 72-69 (141) on the challenging par 71 layout. “I hit a lot of greens in regulation. The course was great, and conditions were tough in the wind,” he said. “I knew that Jason (Fritz) and Hayden (Holick) were going to play well today so I just wanted to play well and make them come and beat me.” Fritz, 16, of Lethbridge, finished second in the division with back-to-back 75’s for a score of 150. Third place went to Derek Rucki, 15, of Chestermere, who shot 80-72 (152) over the two days.

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Top Finishers

Place Name City Sex Age Scores Total Status
Boys 13 & Under
Par 71, Yardage 5889, Slope/Rating 119/67.9
1 Nolan Mastel Medicine Hat, AB M 12 73, 77 150
2 Lachlan Spriddle Lethbridge, AB M 11 84, 81 165
3 Derek Roach Calgary, AB M 13 84, 82 166
Boys 14-16
Par 71, Yardage 6468, Slope/Rating 126/71.1
1 Riley Fleming Airdrie, AB M 15 72, 69 141
2 Jason Fritz Lethbridge, AB M 16 75, 75 150
3 Hayden Holick High River, AB M 16 73, 79 152 Tie
3 Mac Keats Cochrane, AB M 16 80, 72 152 Tie
3 Derek Rucki Chestermere, AB M 15 80, 72 152 Tie
Boys 17-19
Par 71, Yardage 6468, Slope/Rating 126/71.1
1 Steven Scheidt Calgary, AB M 17 68, 69 137
2 Connor O'Reilly Edmonton, AB M 17 75, 73 148 Tie
2 Matthew Whittaker Lethbridge, AB M 17 74, 74 148 Tie
Girls
Par 71, Yardage 5889, Slope/Rating 128/72.7
1 Kristen Jensen Picture Butte, AB F 17 85, 76 161
2 Becky Martin Medicine Hat, AB F 15 83, 79 162
3 Candace Dechant Edmonton, AB F 16 86, 86 172

Full Results
Order of Merit Standings