July 1-2, 2017
Swift Current, SK
Wallin Low Overall, Nagy wins Juvenile playoff on MJT at Chinook
Swift Current, SK. (July 3, 2017) – Several highlights were recorded during the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Series presented by Ilta Grain at Chinook Golf Club in Swift Current on July 1 and 2, including a playoff in the Juvenile Boys division, a final round of 69 from Tayden Wallin in the Junior Boys Division, and rock-solid scores from the Bantam and Peewee-aged players on Canada’s number-one played Junior Golf Tour. Players were competing for titles in seven divisions as well as the chance to qualify for MJT Team Canada to the Jack Newton International Junior Classic to be played in New South Wales, Australia this October.
Low Overall and the MJT Junior Boys title was won by Wallin, 18, of Humboldt, SK, after he shot a second round 69 to follow up his opening round of 73 to win by four strokes over Jacob Kydd, 17, of Regina, SK. Kydd, however, secured the age-specific short-listed spot on the team to Australia.
The MJT Juvenile Boys 15-16 division came down to an exciting playoff between Josh Nagy, 15, of Saskatoon, SK (72-74), and Colby Friedrich, 15, of Battleford, SK (74-72), after both tied for the lead at 146 total score. Nagy prevailed in the playoff for the division title plus qualified for a spot on MJT Team Canada. He went on to say, “I feel really good, Provincials are right around the corner and it feels good to get the win.”
Jordon McDonald, 13, of Winnipeg, MB, posted an impressive two-day total of 154 (78,76) to easily win the MJT Bantam Boys 13-14 division. Runner-up was Rylie Seaman, 14, of Lethbridge, AB. When asked how it felt, McDonald said, “It feels really good because this was my first ever win.” He also noted that the fairways were ‘extremely lush and the greens were almost like PGA Tour conditions.’
The MJT Peewee Boys 11-12 winner was Brett Leonard, 12, of Cormon Park, SK, who shot rounds of 81-82 (163) to defeat Keaton Cote, 11, of Kindersley, SK. Leonard said he was hitting his hybrid and irons well, and that contributed to the win. “A lot of my friends play MJT, and I get to meet new people,” he added, about the Tour.
The MJT Girls divisions saw, Sarah Grieve, 14, of Saskatoon, SK, shoot 91-99 (190) to narrowly edge Brooklin Fry, 12, of Shell Lake, SK, by two strokes for the MJT U15 Girls title, and in Girls 15-18, Carey McLean, 15, of Deer Valley, SK, shot 93-95 (188), and qualified for a short-listed position to Australia.
And in the new MJT Collegiate Men’s Division 19-23, it was Kirk Humphrey, 18, of Estevan, SK, who shot 81-84 (165) to defeat Logan Crawford, 21, of Red Deer, AB, for the title.
Full results and overall event highlights are posted on the MJT website HERE, showing winners of the Miura ‘Respect the Game’ Award, PLYR Long Drive, PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin and Golf Town Performance Awards.
Two events remain on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour in Saskatchewan, namely the MJT-CPGA of Saskatchewan Junior Championship presented by Ilta Grain at Dakota Dunes in Saskatoon on July 24 and 25, followed by 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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