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Press Release

April 10-11, 2010
Richmond, BC

For Immediate Release

TWO FIRST-TIME WINNERS ON MJT AT MAYFAIR LAKES

Richmond, BC – (April 12, 2010)
– Gusting winds over the past weekend during the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s stop at Mayfair Lakes Golf Course challenged the competitive field of junior golfers, some of whom had travelled from Alberta and Washington State to the two-day tournament in Richmond, B.C. Winds of change blew two new faces on to the winner’s podium: Myles DeBrincat and William Deck, who joined veterans Patrick Murphy and Porsche Campbell to each win their respective division titles.

DeBrincat, 16, of Coquitlam, B.C., fired 78-73 (151) to capture his first MJT Boys 14-16 division title. “Key to my win was the mental game,” he said. “I feel good about winning; it’s pretty sweet to be in contention because it makes playing more fun.” DeBrincat qualifies for a paid entry into the 58th East Aurora International Junior Masters in East Aurora, New York State, with his win. One stroke back was the runner-up in his division: Tae-In Lee, 16, of Maple Ridge, B.C., who shot 78-74 (152). Third place was claimed by Tony Mak, 15, of Richmond (80-73=153).

William Deck, 17, of Kelowna, B.C., took his first MJT title after shooting 78-77 (155) to win the Boys 17-19 division by four strokes. He summed up the reasons for his victory as “Not getting ahead of myself and keeping cool,” adding, “It’s a good start to the season and it feels good (to win).” Calum Miller, 18, of Grande Prairie, Alberta, placed second after carding 76-83 (159) and Jay Kim, 17, of Surrey, B.C., took third spot (81-79=160).

There was a tie for the lead at 154 in Boys 13 and under between first-round leader Donald Qui, 13, of Surrey, who shot 74-80, and Alberta’s Patrick Murphy, 13, of Crossfield , who shot back-to-back rounds of 77. The champion’s medal went to Murphy, the 2009 MJT Cleveland Golf Player of the Year for his age group, based on retrogression. “I stayed patient. In the beginning I had a few bad breaks so I had to stay calm,” said Murphy about his game. “I haven’t come from behind that much before so it was a great experience.” Alex Chen, 13, of Richmond, improved on his first round by ten strokes, firing 86-76 (162) to take third place in the division.

In the Girls division, Porsche Campbell, 17, of Vancouver, B.C., edged former Canadian and current B.C. Junior Girls Champion Soo Bin Kim, 16, of Port Coquitlam, shooting 76-74 (150) to Kim’s 76-75 (151). “The conditions were tough, the one thing the helped me most was understanding the wind and which club to choose,” said Campbell. “I was consistent and kept my composure. Key to my win was using my head and playing each hole consistently. After practicing so much it really paid off. I’m happy I won because I feel as if I worked for it.” Jamie Oleksiew, 15, of South Surrey, fired 78-76 (154) to finish in third place.

The divisional winners in the Mr. Lube Long Drive Competition were Patrick Murphy, Myles DeBrincat, Ryan Grill, 17, of Abbotsford, and Jamie Oleksiew. The Sundog Skills competition divisional winners were Roy Kang, 11, of North Vancouver, Liam Leahy, 16, of Calgary, Alberta, Michael Wawryk, 19, of Tsawwassen, and Rachel Shi, 14, of Vancouver.

The Boston Pizza-presented MJT continues its British Columbia schedule next month on May 15th and 16th at Hazelmere Golf Club in Surrey. For more information, please visit www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-4653.

About the MJT
The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour presented by Boston Pizza is Canada’s premier and only national junior tour run exclusively by Canadian PGA Professionals. The organization hosts more than 50 events across Canada and also qualifies players for spots to international events in England, Australia, Thailand and many cities in the USA. The MJT offers annual awards, scholarships, and frequent player incentives to help reward player's performance and participation throughout each season. MJT alumni include PGA tour player Chris Baryla, players on the Nationwide and Canadian Tours, several Canadian National Junior Champions and many Future Links and Provincial Junior Champions.

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