August 19, 2017
MJT Mini Tour goes to playoff at Orangeville Golf Club
Orangeville, ON – (August 21, 2017) – The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Mini Tour for players aged 12 and under held a recent tournament at Orangeville Golf Course in Orangeville, ON, August 19, where players competed for trophies and prizes in Girls Atom, Girls Peewee, Boys Atom and Boys Peewee divisions.
A sudden death playoff was needed to determine the winner in the Peewee Boys Division after a tie with a score of 84 between Jax Sisson, 11, of LaSalle, ON, and Nima Ashkar, 12, of Guelph, ON. Sisson chipped in for birdie on the second hole to take home the title. “The highlight is for me was learning that I tied for first and was in a playoff,” he said.
In the Atom Boys Division, Joshua Lee, 9, of Mississauga, ON, shot 90 to win by six strokes over Evan Wee, 10, of Richmond Hill, ON. Lee said the key to victory was ‘lots of hard work’ and the his highlight was his putting.
The Peewee Girls Division winner was Alissa Xu, 11, of Richmond Hill, ON, who shot a round of 76 and won by four strokes over Ella Weber, 12, of Burlington, ON. Xu said he win was due to ‘many years of practice.’
In the Atom Girls Division, Sarah Yang, 10, of Oakville, ON, prevailed over Sophia Xu, 8, of Richmond Hill, ON. Yang shot 85 to win by five strokes. “My irons and driver both went very far and my irons were very accurate,” Yang said. “I’m very happy but I hope to improve and hit a better score next time here.”
The Maple Leaf Junior Tour encourages respect for the game and awards winners who exemplify these standards. This week the award winners were Ella Weber, Andre Zhang, Ava Crane, Azeem Manzoor, Mariana Vivas, and Nima Ashkar. In addition, Closest to the Pin and Long Drive competition prizes were also awarded and the winners are posted online.
The final MJT Mini Tour event in 2017 is the MJT Mini Tour National Championship presented by Ford at Tsawwassen Springs Golf Club in Tsawwassen, BC, August 24-25. 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