September 16-17, 2017
McLean finishes MJT season on a high at Royal Oaks
Moncton, NB – (September 18, 2017) – Heather McLean of Port Williams, NS, fired a second round 68 to claim the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Girls 15-18 title at the MJT–Golf New Brunswick Player of the Year Series at Royal Oaks Golf and Estates in Moncton, NB, this past weekend, ending the regular tournament season on a high with her first time shooting under par. Titles were up for grabs in six divisions at the two-day event, which was also the last opportunity for players in the Atlantic Region to qualify for the MJT Boston Pizza National Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas at Reunion Resort in Orlando, FLA, November 10-12, 2017.
McLean, 16, shot a two-round total of 148 (80,68) for a 19-strokes winning margin. “I had a new personal best,” McLean said. “The key to my low round was my shots into the greens, I hit 17 out of 18 greens and I also didn’t miss a fairway all day.”
Abbey Baker, 12, of Halifax, NS, won the MJT Girls U15 Division with scores of 85-80 (165), and said it was due to “just staying focused the whole round.” She added that her highlight was getting to play at a new course and having a great first hole to start the tournament.
In the MJT Bantam Boys 13-14 Division, Dimitri Mihelakos, 13, of Halifax, posted rounds of 78,71 (149) to edge out Owen Mullen, 14, of Truro, NS by one. Mihelakos said the key to his win was ‘making putts, taking advantage of the easy pin placements and hitting the ball in the middle of the face.’ He added, “On the third hole I hit a really good approach shot to get to six feet for eagle, that was cool.”
The MJT Juvenile Boys 15-16 title went to Felix Boucher, 15, of Dieppe, NB, after he shot a two-round total of 153 (77,76) to defeat Jared Fraser, 16, of Lower Sackville, NS, by one stroke. Boucher said that good ball striking with his driver was the key. “It was accurate, and I was cool (relaxed) during the tournament,” he explained.
Simon Mullen, 11, of Truro, NS, took home the MJT Peewee 11-12 Boys title after firing rounds of 78,78 (156) to win by five-strokes over Gavin Ives, 12, of Middle Sackville, NS. “The key was I stayed focused,” Mullen said. “The highlight was being one under after five holes both days.”
In the MJT Junior Boys 17-18 division, Zach Brown, 17, of Lantz, NS, came out to shoot 81,78 (159) to take home the Hoselton trophy. Full results and overall event highlights are posted on the MJT website HERE, which also shows winners of the Miura ‘Respect the Game’ Award, PLYR Long Drive, PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin, and Golf Town Performance Awards. Heather McLean and Simon Mullen both receive direct exemptions into the MJT National Championship with their results.
This concludes the MJT season in Atlantic Canada; members are now awaiting final invitations to the MJT National Championship based on their Order of Merit positions. 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