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Press Release

March 28-29, 2005
Swan-e-Set Bay Resort & C.C. • Pitt Meadows, BC

For Immediate Release ? March 30, 2005

College Golf Prospects Perform in MJT Canadian University Coaches Classic

TSAWWASSEN, B.C.: The final round of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour?s Canadian University Coaches Classic was completed Tuesday at Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club in Pitt Meadows, BC, where top junior golfers from Manitoba, Alberta, Washington State and all over British Columbia finished the two day tournament under tough conditions.

The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) event played simultaneously with seven university golf teams on the Resort Course, giving competitors the chance to compare their scores directly with college players, and to gain exposure amongst the Head Coaches. Information on the college golf programs was also given to the juniors and their parents.

The low overall score in the MJT field was turned in by Jeff Stashuk of Coquitlam, B.C., in the Boys 17 and up division. 18-year-old Stashuk, who claimed the key to his success was to ?play safe?, closed with an even par 72 for a total score of 146. Tied for second place four strokes back at 150 total score were Cody Kwak, 17, and Lucas Bogdan, 17, both of Abbotsford, BC. Fourth place in the division went to Brendan Peters, 17, of Maple Ridge, B.C., who shot 76-75 for a 151 total.

In the Boys 14-16 division, Nick Taylor, 16, of Abbotsford, B.C., held onto his first round lead to win his second title in as many starts on the MJT this season. ?Practice and hard work helped me win, and it feels great, giving me confidence for the Future Links (junior championship next week),? said Taylor. ?The course was wet and the greens difficult to read so I missed a lot of putts. It was tough to get distance off the tee because you didn?t get any roll.?

Taylor?s back-to-back even par rounds of 74 gave him a three stroke victory over Jack Wesche, 15, from Calgary, AB, who shot 76-75 for a 151 total score. Tied for third place in the division with total scores of 153 were Michael Corboy, 16, of Langley, B.C., and Mitchell Lock, 16, of Mission, B.C.

Brian Cho, 12, of Pitt Meadows, B.C., used his home course advantage to claim his second MJT division title this season for Boys 13 and under with rounds of 76-73 for a 149 total score. ?I feel proud of myself that I shot better the second round ? the key was my short game,? said Cho. ?Swan-e-set is my home course so I know it very well. It was wet and the greens really fast.?

13-year-old Tom Xue of Richmond, B.C., placed second in the division with scores of 81-80 for a 161 total, followed by Jon Strasdin, 12, of Prince George, B.C. in third place with rounds of 78-85 for a 163 total. Fourth place went to Chris Li, 12, of Coquitlam, B.C. who finished with a 79 and 165 total score.

Susan Nam, 18, of Edmonton, AB, made a hard charge and overtook first round leader Kristina Gargaro, 15, of Port Moody, B.C., to win the Girls division title with rounds of 82-74 for a 156 total score. ?Victory always feels great but I could have done better,? said Nam, who felt that handling the wet conditions was key.

Gargaro placed third with scores of 80-82 behind Chelsea Kim, 15, of Port Coquitlam, who shot 82-77 for a 159 total.

Division winners of the Mr. Lube Long Drive competition were Howard Kim (Coquitlam, B.C.), Michael Corboy, Kevin Stinson (Mission, B.C.), and Pamela Burneski (Surrey, B.C.).

Sundog Closest-to-the-Pin competition division winners were Kevin Lee (Winnipeg, MB), Ryan Brooks (Pitt Meadows, B.C.), Scott Thompson (Maple Ridge, B.C.) and Chelsea Kim. There were also many draw prize winners.

The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, now in its 7th season, is presented by Boston Pizza and is Canada?s only major junior tour run exclusively by Canadian Golf Professionals and endorsed by PGA Tour veterans Dave Barr and Ray Stewart.

The next local event is the MJT at Mayfair Lakes Golf Club, Richmond, B.C., which is also a qualifier for the Junior World Championships in San Diego, CA. For more information on the MJT program, which offers junior golfers bonuses such as scholarships and exemptions into international tournaments, please visit www.maplejt.com or call toll-free 1-877-859-GOLF.