June 17-18, 2017
Shuster and Kuik shortlisted for Australian trip at MJT’s Teulon stop
Teulon, MB - (June 19, 2017) – 16-year Josh Shuster of Winnipeg, MB, fired a two under 70 on day one, and a solid round of 76 on day two to win Low Overall and the MJT Juvenile Boys Division title at the MJT Manitoba Series at Teulon Golf and Country Club in Teulon, MB, this past weekend, securing a spot on the shortlist for MJT Team Canada to Australia.
Players in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Teulon event were vying for titles in seven divisions as well as the chance to qualify for shortlisted age-specific spots into the Jack Newton International Junior Classic to be played in New South Wales, Australia this fall. In addition to the division champions featured below, 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.
Shuster won his division by four strokes over Jacob Armstrong, 15, of Winnipeg, MB, and said afterwards, “It feels great. It is pretty rewarding to win after all of the hard work put in practicing as well as it being Father’s Day it feels great as my dad has been instrumental in my success.” Shuster added, “Being four over par through five holes was very exhausting – being able to recover was great. I love these events and how much (Tournament Directors) Garth and Ed care about everyone in the field. They make it a great atmosphere.”
MJT Junior Boys 17-18: Zak Bannatyne, 17, of Winnipeg, shot 80-77=157 to win by three strokes over Connor Stewart, 17, of Winnipeg, MB. Bannatyne, who claimed his second win of the year on the MJT, said the best part of his game this weekend was ‘scrambling – I made some up and downs.’ He rated the course highly, saying, “The greens were 10/10, the best I’ve seen all year.”
It took a three-way playoff to determine the winner in the MJT Bantam Boys 13-14 division between Carter Johnson, 14, of Winnipeg, Adam Ingram, 13 of West St. Paul, MB, and Braxton Kuntz, 13, of Winnipeg, after all had tied for the lead at 161 total score. Johnson made birdie on the first playoff hole to win, and stated, “It feels good to win in a playoff and I feel happy. I kept my head in the game after having a rough front nine and an even par back nine.”
Hayden Delaloye, 11, of Neepawa, MB, shot 90,99=189 to win the MJT Peewee Boys title over Carson Inman, 10, of Portage La Prairie, MB. “It feels great to get the win, I tried my best, if I got down on myself I would try to fix it,” said Delaloye. “I listened to my dad and followed the pointers he gave me when I came to practice.”
MJT Girls 15-18: Rebecca Kuik, 18, of Winnipeg, shot 84-79 = 163 to win over Brynne Paschinski, 15, of Brandon, MB, and secure a shortlisted spot to Australia with the team. Finalists will be announced once qualifying finishes across the country. “I played well and was able to scramble well,” said Kuik. “My game off the tee today was really strong.”
In the new MJT Collegiate Men 19-23 division, Colwyn Abgrall, 20, of Niverville, MB, shot 80-78=158 to win by six strokes over Garrett Kristjanson, 21, of Warren, MB. Abgrall said, “It is always a great feeling to win. I had won here at Teulon the past two summers, so it was great to get the three-peat. I hit all nine greens on the back.”
And finally, Marissa Taylor, 19, of Winnipeg, came out to shoot excellent scores of 75-74 = 149 in the new MJT Collegiate Women 19-23 division.
The next two Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour stops in Manitoba are the MJT Prodigy Series at Selkirk Golf Club in Selkirk on July 24 and 25, followed by the MJT–PGA of Manitoba Junior Championship presented by National Bank Financial at Bel Acres Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg on August 28 and 29. 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