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MJT Srixon Series at Desert Blume GC
QUALIFIER: Texas Junior Masters

June 13-14, 2009
Medicine Hat, AB

WERRE’S RED HOT SEASON CONTINUES AT DESERT BLUME

Medicine Hat, AB. - (June 15, 2009) –The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) held its Srixon Series event for Alberta at the beautiful Desert Blume Golf Club in Medicine Hat this past weekend, where players competed for division titles as well as a spot into the Texas Junior Masters at the Hyatt Regency Hill Resort in San Antonio, TX.

Ryan Werre’s incredible season on the MJT so far continued, with a romp to victory as MJT Srixon Series Boys 17-19 champion, also winning the spot to Texas this July. Werre,17, of Redcliff, took command of the course and was the only player under par, patiently attacking the tough Desert Blume layout with precision irons and solid tee shots. Werre described himself as “being very patient over the two days. I lag putted well and hit a lot of good shots coming down the stretch. I knew that if I could break par the second day, Craig (Bloom) and Jordan (Gibson) would have a tough time catching me. I just hope that this continues into the Future Links next week and the Alberta Junior.” He ended the weekend shooting 68-70 (138). Finishing six shots back was Calgary’s Craig Bloom, 18, who finished at even par (73-71=144). Rhys Tosczak, 17, also of Calgary, carded a final round of one-under-par 71 to leapfrog a lot of players and get into the top three for the division with scores of 76-71 (147).

Terrific scores in the Boys 14-16 division made it an exciting day for the top three finishers in this event. Andrew Ritchot, 16, of Lethbridge, played steady golf carding back to back 73’s to finish one shot ahead of Dillon Batsel, 16, of Medicine Hat. Ritchot needed a birdie, par finish coming down the stretch to overtake Batsel and claim his first MJT title. “It’s a great feeling, and a weight lifted off me to get a win finally on the MJT,” said Ritchot, who has won locally but not at this level. “I hit a lot of good shots, but I knew that I needed to make birdie on one of the last two holes to catch Dillon (Batsel), and I made a great one on #17.” Runner-up Batsel ended up shooting 73-74 (147) in his hometown. Three shots back was Mac Keats, 16, of Cochrane, (74-75=149) in one of the tightest races seen this year on the MJT in Alberta.

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Top Finishers

Place Name City Sex Age Scores Total Status
Boys 13 & Under
Par 72, Yardage 5895, Slope/Rating 68.8
1 Nolan Mastel Medicine Hat, AB M 12 81, 90 171
2 Will Pillman Medicine Hat, AB M 12 92, 90 182
3 Andrew Brown Calgary, AB M 12 88, 97 185
Boys 14-16
Par 72, Yardage 6425, Slope/Rating 71.6
1 Andrew Ritchot Lethbridge, AB M 16 73, 73 146
2 Dillon Batsel Medicine Hat, AB M 16 73, 74 147
3 Mac Keats Cochrane, AB M 16 74, 75 149
Boys 17-19
Par 72, Yardage 6425, Slope/Rating 71.6
1 Ryan Werre Redcliff, AB M 17 68, 70 138
2 Craig Bloom Calgary, AB M 18 73, 71 144
3 Rhys Tosczak Calgary, AB M 17 76, 71 147
Girls
Par 72, Yardage 5895, Slope/Rating 68.8
1 Kristen Jensen Picture Butte, AB F 17 83, 84 167
2 Becky Martin Medicine Hat, AB F 16 86, 92 178
3 Evann Parker Calgary, AB F 17 91, 88 179

Full Results
Order of Merit Standings