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Press Release

April 11-12, 2015
Surrey, BC

Two Holes-In-One Highlight MJT KIKKOR Classic 10 qualify for U.S. Kids World/Teen Championships

SURREY, B.C. – (April 13, 2015) – Out of the packed field of 122 junior golfers who were set to tee off in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT KIKKOR Classic at Morgan Creek Golf Club in Surrey, BC, there were two holes-in-one recorded to highlight the successful event over the Master’s weekend on April 11th and 12th.

Christopher Dale, 15, of Mission, BC, aced the 16th hole and Vivian Lee, 15, from Hong Kong, aced the 8th hole, both on day two of the competition, and won special MJT Gift Certificates from Miura Golf in acknowledgement of their achievement.

Lee’s ace led to a stellar final round of 69 which cemented another MJT victory for her in the Girls 15-19 division (74-69=143) and a direct exemption into the U.S. Kids Teen World Championship at Pinehurst Resort, NC. “Everything was good – the weather, the course – I feel happy and excited to win,” she summed up.

Dale went on to place tie-13th in the MJT Juvenile Boys 15-16 division, which was won by Fritz Lo, 16, of Vancouver, BC. Lo shot 76-71 (147) for a two-stroke winning margin and attributed his win to three birdies and a bogey-free front nine on day two. Coming down the stretch he said he was thinking, ‘Practise more! Do more gym!’ He went on to thank the MJT and Morgan Creek Golf Course – ‘my favourite course in Vancouver.’

Another winning score of 147 was carded in the MJT Junior Boys 17-19 division by Cole McKinnon, 18, of Surrey, BC, (76-71), who cited ‘all the support from my family and coaches’ as the main reason behind his one-stroke victory. “I feel very happy that I was able to pull it off,” he added.

A two-stroke winning margin secured the MJT Bantam Boys 13-14 title for Peter Zhang, 13, of Surrey (79-75=154), and a five-stroke winning margin handed the MJT Peewee Boys 12 and under title to 10-year-old Freddy Sun, of Richmond, BC (73-73=146). Sun, who said he ‘struck the ball very well and managed to make many birdies,’ added that the course was in good condition and very challenging.

12-year-old Victoria Liu of Vancouver ran away with the MJT Girls 14 and under title with winning scores of 77-76 (153), an eight-stroke victory. “After I played a four plus on the ninth hole, I didn’t give up – I knew that I can come back and you never know what is going to happen before handing the scorecard in,” she said. “I feel happy to win this tournament, although I am still 10 shots away from the older girl’s champion.”

The direct age-specific exemptions for boys into the U.S. Kids Golf / Teen World Championships went to Freddy Sun, Brycen Ko of Richmond, Cole Bowering of Vancouver, Peter Zhang and Cole McKinnon, while for the girls, in addition to Vivian Lee they went to Stefanie Silva of Surrey, Euna Han of Coquitlam, BC, Susan Xiao of Surrey, and Tiffany Kong of Vancouver.

Each division had a Mr. Lube Long Drive Competition, a Sligo Closest-to-the-Pin Competition and a Golf Town Comeback Award for best second day improvement in score; details on the 18 winners are on the website which also shows the final results at https://www.maplejt.com/tour.php?id=2015002.

Another highlight for participants was having KIKKOR Golf founder and ‘Big Break’ star, James Lepp, Canada's Top Amateur Male Golfer in 2005, 2004, and 2003, on-site with KIKKOR gifts and prizes and a bonus “How To Think” clinic for the young players.

The next Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour stop in BC is the MJT Lindsay Kenney Classic/Junior Worlds Qualifier at Pagoda Ridge Golf Course in Langley on April 25th and 26th. 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 number-one played Junior Golf Tour as well as the only national junior tour run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals and the ‘Road to College Golf’ in Canada. The organization is generously supported by Boston Pizza and Premier Partners Ford of Canada, Mr. Lube, Cleveland Golf, Srixon, Gatorade and Travel Underwriters, in addition to valued Tournament and Product Partners. The MJT hosts more than 70 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 7-12 year olds, and multi-day events for competitive players which also qualify juniors for international competitions. The program offers annual awards, scholarships, and frequent player incentives to help reward player's performance and participation throughout each season. MJT alumni include many Professional Tour players and PGA of Canada Professionals, as well as Canadian Amateur, National and Provincial Junior Champions. The MJT aims to develop champions, in golf and in life, promoting the game from grassroots through to provincial, national, university and professional level.

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Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour
Elaine Denton, Director of Marketing and Administration