July 24-25, 2017
94 compete in MJT’s CPGA of Saskatchewan Junior Championship presented by Ilta Grain at Dakota Dunes
Saskatoon, SK - (July 26, 2017) – A fantastic turnout of 94 junior golfers battled high winds during the two day MJT-CPGA of Saskatchewan Junior Championship presented by Ilta Grain at Dakota Dunes Golf Links in Saskatoon, SK, on July 24 and 25, where players were competing for titles in seven divisions as well as the chance to qualify for shortlisted spots on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Team West in the International Team Challenge Matches (ITC) presented by Freedom 55 Financial at Royal Niagara Golf Club in Niagara Falls this September.
Low overall was recorded in the new MJT Collegiate division by MJT veteran, Kyle Wiebe, 21, of Madison, SK, who shot rock solid rounds of 73, 74 (147) and beat runner-up Jeremie Pasitney, 19, of St Paul, AB, by three strokes.
In the Junior divisions, Andrew Campbell, 17, of Saskatoon, battled the winds in fine fashion as he carved out back-to-back scores of 74 for a 148 total over the two days, winning the MJT-CPGA of Saskatchewan Junior Boys Champion’s trophy by four strokes over Brock Ochitwa, 18, also of Saskatoon (76, 76=152). “The weather was a bit of a challenge, but conditions on the course were stellar,” said Campbell, who is now shortlisted for MJT Team West to the ITC. “My tee game was good, I hit a lot of fairways and finding the short stuff is key to a good round. In my opinion, this is the best junior tour in Canada – the staff always put on a fantastic event and the courses are always in great shape.”
The MJT-CPGA of Saskatchewan Juvenile Boys Champion was Jayden Dudas, 14, of Estevan, SK, who came back with a strong 74 on day two (84, 74=158) to edge Josh Nagy, 15, of Saskatoon (83, 76=159). “I feel great, the win gives me a lot of confidence heading into future events,” said Dudas. “I kept it in play all day and I putted very well.”
It was Cort Tunall, 13, of Kindersley, SK, who claimed the MJT-CPGA of Saskatchewan Bantam Boys crown with back-to-back scores of 80 (160 total), beating Parker Layton, 14, of La Ronge, SK, by five strokes. Tunall cited his putting as key to his victory, and that he chose to play MJT ‘because it’s Canada’s number one golf tour.’
In the Peewee Boys division, the championship Hoselton sculpture trophy was taken in style by 12-year-old Colin Pasitney of St. Paul, AB, after he shot 82, 84 (166), and won by 10 strokes over both Brody Sawchyn of Saskatoon and Ryan Chernoff of Estevan, saying, “Even though it was super windy, I was in no trouble after I hit my tee shots.”
The MJT-CPGA of Saskatchewan Girls U15 Champion was 12-year-old Brooklin Fry of Shell Lake, SK, who carded rounds of 86, 90 (176) and earned the girl’s shortlisted spot on MJT Team West. Fry, who beat runner-up Sarah Grieve, 14, of Saskatoon, by five strokes, said, “I feel happy, excited! The best thing about my game was my chipping. It was an awesome course in great condition, but it was very windy.”
Carey McLean, 15, of Deer Valley, SK, shot 92, 87 (179) to be crowned MJT-CPGA of Saskatchewan Junior Girls Champion with a one-stroke victory over both Alexandra Schmidt, 17, of Regina, SK, and Raylyn Schmidt, 15, of Moose Jaw, SK. “I feel awesome! My dedication paid off and I played an honest and fair game,” said McLean. “I was able to take off five shots from day one due to my putting on day two.”
Full results and overall event highlights are posted on the MJT website, showing winners of the Miura ‘Respect the Game’ Award, PLYR Long Drive, PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin and Golf Town Performance Awards.
The final stop for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour in the province this season is the MJT-Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Championship presented by Ilta Grain at The Legends Golf Club in Warman on August 27 and 28. For more information or to register, 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 presented nationally by Boston Pizza and supported by valued Premier, 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, the Collegiate Tour for 19-23 year olds, and multi-day events for competitive players aged 11 to 18 which are also qualifiers 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. For more information on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, please visit www.maplejt.com
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