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Press Release

August 12-13, 2017
Copetown, ON

Boddy shoots even-par for MJT Juvenile title at Copetown Woods

Copetown, ON – (August 14, 2017) – On August 12 and 13, the Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT) held the MJT Ontario Series at Copetown Woods Golf Club in Copetown, ON, where the weather was finally perfect for competitors vying for titles in seven divisions as well as a direct exemption into the MJT Boston Pizza National Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas in Orlando, FLA, this November.

Low Overall from the blue tees was Jayden Boddy, 16, of Dorchester, ON, who shot 70,74 (144) to win the MJT Juvenile Boys 15-16 title by six strokes over Zachary Hart, 15, of New Hamburg, ON. Boddy, who directly qualifies for the MJT National Championship as a result, said “It feels great to win my first MJT event! I’ve been close a number of times, but to finally get the win feels very rewarding.”

Fantastic scores off the white tees of 70,71 (141) from 13-year-old Ethan Irvine, 13, of Ancaster, ON, won him the MJT Bantam Boys 13-14 title by six strokes over Graem Costigan, 14, of Cambridge, ON. Irvine said of his win, “I feel really proud of myself that I not only won the tournament, but beat some very good players and shot the two best rounds of my life.” When asked about the course, Irvine responded by saying, “I really liked the course layout and the greens were nice and soft. Plus, the fairways were really easy to make a divot.”

The MJT Junior Boys 17-18 winner was Xavier Ayora, 17, of Kitchener, ON (78,72=150), who held off Luc Gagnon, 18, of Oro-Medonte, ON, for a six-stroke victory. “It feels good to win today because I struggled a bit yesterday at the end of the round,” Ayora said afterwards.

Bogota, Colombia’s Manuela Rincon, 15, won the MJT Girls 15-19 division by two strokes over Ashley Chow, 15, of North York, ON. Rincon stated, “It feels very good to get the win, because I’ve been working to lower my scores. I finally did it, and I won, so I am very happy.”

The MJT Girls U15 Hoselton trophy went to Kelly Zhao, 11, of North York, ON, after she shot a two-round total of 172 (85-87), to win by four strokes over Mikayla Bourgeois, 14 of Mississauga, ON. Zhao cited the keys to her victory as, “my putting on a few holes, and my drives were really good.”

In the new MJT Collegiate 19-23 Divisions, John Devic, 19, of Orchard Park, NY, shot 74-74 (148) to win the Men’s title, and Natasha Stasiuk, 19 of Oakville, ON, carded 88-90 (178) for the Women’s.

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 and PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin Competitions.

The next MJT Junior Tour event in the province is the MJT Ontario Series at Grey Silo Golf Club in Waterloo, August 26-27. There is also a MJT Mini Tour event for players aged 12 and under only at Orangeville Golf Club in Orangeville on August 19. 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

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Hood, Manager of Marketing & Administration, Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour chood@maplejt.com 1-877-859-GOLF  www.maplejt.com.