August 27-28, 2017
Legendary play from Kydd, Dudas wins playoff and more at MJT’s Warman event
Warman, SK – (August 29, 2017) – Jacob Kydd, 17, of Regina, SK, lived up to the name of the course and played like one at The Legends Golf Club in Warman, SK, these past two days, firing rock solid rounds of 72, 72 (144) to win Low Overall and the MJT Junior Boys Hoselton trophy in the MJT-Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Championship presented by Ilta Grain on August 27 and 28.
Kydd, who managed to edge a hard-charging Steven Duchscher, 17, of Saskatoon, SK, (75, 70=145), said, “I focused on my own game, hit the greens and fairways. It’s nice to see hard work pays off.”
Titles in seven divisions were up for grabs, which required a playoff among MJT Juvenile Boys after both Jayden Dudas, 15, of Estevan, SK (75, 72) and Josh Nagy, 16, of Saskatoon, (73, 74) tied for the lead at 147. Both players birdied the first playoff hole, then Dudas chipped in on the second hole for back-to-back birdies to win the Hoselton trophy and MJT-Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Juvenile Boys Championship title. “Through 16 I was two back and two to play and I just battled back and got lucky a little bit. Josh and Colby (Friedrich, who finished third) had me worried the whole round,” Dudas said afterwards. “My three iron put me in play all day – I hit it on every par four and five.”
TJ Baker, 14, of Waskesiu, SK, won the MJT Bantam Boys title after shooting 75, 74 (149) to beat runner-up Drew Fenwick, 14, of Estevan, by six strokes (76, 79=155). Cort Tunall, 13, of Kindersley, SK, placed third (77, 79=156). “At the start of day two I was worried about Drew and Cort, but I was able to hit the ball good for a change and it feels good to end the season with a win!” Baker said.
The MJT Peewee Boys title went to 12-year-old Brett Leonard of Corman Park, SK, after he fired 82, 81 (163) to win by three strokes over Keaton Cote, 11, of Kindersley (84, 82=166). Leonard said that ‘bombing a drive to win longest drive’ was his event highlight, and he felt ‘excited and happy with myself’ for winning.
Alexandra Schmidt, 17, of Regina, started strong out of the gate with a 74 and finished with an 85 to win the MJT Girls 15-18 Hoselton trophy by six strokes over Georgia Miller, 16, of Kamloops, BC, saying, “It was my putting – I putted my lowest round of the season. I am really excited to see the hard work pay off.”
The MJT Girls U15 title went to 11-year-old Ella Kozak of Yorkton, SK, who shot excellent scores of 82, 86 (168) to run away with the win. “The highlight for me was breaking 40 for the first time and shooting 82,” Kozak said, adding she felt proud about winning. Runner-up was Sarah Grieve, 14, of Saskatoon, and third place went to Brooklin Fry, 12, of Shell Lake, SK.
And finally, in the new MJT Collegiate Men’s division, Julian Gilewicz, 19, of Saskatoon, shot 81, 77 (158) for a four stroke victory over Jordan Unger, 19, also of Saskatoon (82, 80=162). Logan Crawford, 21, of Red Deer, AB, placed third (86, 87=173).
Full results and overall event highlights are posted on the MJT website, which shows winners of the Miura ‘Respect the Game’ Award, PLYR Long Drive and PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin competitions.
The MJT-Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Championship presented by Ilta Grain marked the final stop in the province this season for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour; members are now waiting for invitations to the prestigious MJT Boston Pizza National Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas at Reunion Resort, Orlando, FLA, November 10 to 12. For more information, please visit www.maplejt.com.
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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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