August 25-27, 2017
Juniors from five provinces compete in MJT’s Fox Harb’r Resort stop
Wallace, NS – (August 28, 2017) – Junior golfers from five different provinces travelled to play the prestigious Fox Harb’r Golf Resort in Wallace, NS, competing in the three-day MJT Atlantic Canada Tour Championship, a World Amateur Golf/Golf Canada-ranked tournament on August 25, 26 and 27. “Juniors recognize what a privilege it is to play a tournament at such a phenomenal facility,” said Louis Melanson, PGA Professional and Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Tournament Director. “The MJT wishes to thank Fox Harb’r for their outstanding hospitality.”
Players were contesting for titles in seven divisions on Canada’s number-one played Junior Golf Tour, as well as for a direct exemption into the MJT Boston Pizza National Championship at Reunion Resort, Orlando, FLA, this November. Winning the MJT Junior Boys 17-18 title was Tyler Hashmi, 17, of Charlottetown, PE, who fired rock solid rounds of 74, 73, 71 (218) and managed to hold off Alex Taylor, 18, of Nine Mile Creek, PE, (79, 73, 70=222) by four strokes. “I kept it simple and limited mistakes,” said Hashmi, who also wins a direct exemption into the MJT National Championship. “It was a fun tournament.”
The MJT Juvenile Boys 15-16 title was won by Raphael Lebrun, 16, of Lac Delage, QC, after he shot 76, 75, 72 (223) and beat Jean-Christophe Gagnon, 16, of Québec City, QC (77, 76, 73=226) by just three strokes over the three rounds. “I worried about every competitor,” said Lebrun afterwards. “The second round I made a par on 8 after I drove my ball into the water hazard, so I am very happy (to win) – my golf was good this week.”
Another Quebecor, Jean-Philippe Parr, 13, of St-celestin, QC, claimed the MJT Bantam Boys 13-14 title after carding the lowest score for the tournament from the 5600 yard tees, finishing at a three-under-par 213 total score (74, 70, 69) for a 10 stroke victory over Samuel Cormier, 14, of Dieppe, NB (77, 75, 71=223). Parr stated, “I just said to myself, nothing is low enough so I just tried to keep making birdies. The highlight was finishing the tournament with an eagle and a final round 69. I feel really good about winning because that makes three tournaments in a row that I’ve been playing well.”
Gavin Ives, 12, of Middle Sackville, NS, was the MJT Peewee Boys 12U winner with solid scores of 84, 83, 83 (250), enough for a five stroke lead over 11 -year-old Max Baldwin of Hammonds Plains, NS (88, 83, 84=255). “Max had me worried because he was making a lot of putts and I was struggling,” Ives said. “My highlight was hitting the pin on 14 and I feel great about winning because it’s a Tour Championship.”
The MJT Girls 15-18 title went to Elizabeth Labbe, 16, of Lévis, QC, who said she handled the wind during the second round well and fired 82, 75, 76 (233) for an 11 stroke winning margin over Heather McLean, 16, of Port Williams, NS (84, 83, 77=244). “I focused on keeping a good rhythm and am very happy to get my first win on a great course like Fox Harb’r.”
Abbey Baker, 12, of Halifax, NS, took the MJT Girls U15 title in style, carding 87, 85, 88 (260). “The highlight for me was getting to play at such an amazing course, and I am very happy because I played pretty well too,” she said. Runner-up was Mackenzie Deveau, 14, of Moncton, NB, (101, 94, 100).
And finally, in the new MJT Collegiate Men 19-23 division, the title was won by Morgan Barnes, 20, of Salisbury, NB, after he shot 78, 78, 82 (238) to beat Dylan Chase, 19, of Brigg's Corner, NB (84, 79, 80=243)
Full results and overall event highlights of the successful MJT Fox Harb’r Resort event are posted on the MJT website, which also shows winners of the Miura ‘Respect the Game’ Award, PLYR Long Drive and PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin competitions.
The final tournament in the Maritimes for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour is at Royal Oaks Golf and Estates in Moncton, NB, on September 16 and 17, the last event before the prestigious MJT Boston Pizza National Championship in Orlando, November 10 to 12. For more information, please visit www.maplejt.com.
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