July 22-23, 2017
Boucher, Kirby and Jones qualify for ITC at MJT’s Fox Creek event
Dieppe, NB. (July 24, 2017) – Canada’s number-one played Junior Golf Tour stopped at Fox Creek Golf Club in Dieppe, NB, on July 22 and 23, where players were competing in six divisions as well as the chance to qualify for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Team East in the International Team Challenge Matches (ITC) presented by Freedom 55 Financial at Royal Niagara Golf Club in Niagara Falls this September.
The boys spots on the team went to Felix Boucher, 15, of Dieppe, and Daniel Kirby, 14, of Woodstock, NB, after they placed first and second in MJT Juvenile Boys 15-16, with Kirby playing up a division. Boucher, who shot 75, 79 (154) to edge Kirby by one stroke for the title and Low Overall score, said, “I feel great about winning – I played good and overall it was a great experience. Off the tee I was great, I didn’t miss many fairways and the course was in good condition.”
In the MJT Junior Boys 17-18 division, Teran Newell, 17, of Barrington, NS (79, 83=162), tied for the lead with Alex LeBlanc, 18, of Dieppe, (83, 79=162) and went on to win the trophy in a playoff.
Owen Mullen, 13, of Truro, NS, fired solid rounds of 72, 79 (151) from the Bantam tees to win his MJT Bantam Boys 13-14 division by five strokes over Pierre-Luc Arsenault, 14, of Saint-Louis, NB. “My wedges and chip shots saved me today because my driver was all over the place,” said Mullen. “The course is very nice and tough, especially with the wind today.”
It took a playoff to determine the MJT Peewee Boys winner after Olivier Dallaire , 12, of Saint Antoine, NB and Gavin Ives, 12, of Middle Sackville, NS, both shot identical scores of (89, 84=173). Dallaire came through with a winning putt in the playoff on hole 18, rating this his tournament highlight, and said he was very happy about his win.
The MJT Girls 15-18 title was won in style by Laura Jones, 18, of Berry Mills, NB, who shot 80, 76 (156) and qualified for a spot on MJT Team East for the ITC in Niagara Falls. “This weekend was my first time playing Fox Creek and I really enjoyed it!” she said. “It’s great to add another win to the season – I’m glad to have some momentum going in to nationals.”
And finally, in the MJT Girls U15 division, Mackenzie Deveau, 14, of Moncton, NB, came out to shoot solid scores of 87, 83 (170) for the title, stating that her putting was the best thing about her game. “This is a good tour for junior golfers to develop.”
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 Atlantic Canada this season – at Fox Harb’r Resort in Wallace, NS, on August 25-27, and at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Moncton, NB, on September 16-17. 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