July 18-19, 2019
Kelowna, BC – (July 20, 2019) – After being off for more than six weeks, the BC swing on the Boston Pizza-presented Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour rolled into the interior for the MJT Ford Series at Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna, where a talented field of elite players played two rounds of tournament golf on the Bear Course, competing for titles in seven divisions as well as for spots on MJT Team Canada to Australia’s JNJG International Junior Classic. The tournament also featured a Ford Hole-in-One contest where players were offered the chance to win a new EcoSport S from Orchard Ford on the 11th hole.
It was birdie fest for the 10-time MJT winner, Cooper Humphreys, 14, who headlined the hot scoring in the tournament with an eagle and 11 birdies over 36 holes, winning the MJT Bantam Division with scorching scores of 66 and 72 (138). The Kelowna resident commented, “I had a tough start to the second day going two-over par in my first three holes. But I stayed patient and didn’t give up out there and was happy to come out with the win.” Two shots back in second place, with consistently excellent rounds of 70s (140), was Vernon, BC-resident, Ryan Vest, 13.
Another Kelowna standout, Kyle Mayner, 16, held on to the very end to win the MJT Juvenile Boys title with rock-solid rounds of 72 (144). Mayner held off the recently crowned, 2019 BC Junior Champion, Brycen Ko (73, 73 - 146), 15, of Richmond, BC, making three birdies in his final seven holes to win by two strokes. “I’ve really been struggling with my game the past little while. It means a lot to win here knowing that I still have the game and that there’s a bright future ahead,” Mayner stated.
Rock solid rounds of 74 and 69 (143) were fired by 17-year-old Kaeden Miles, also of Kelowna, who secured his first career MJT Junior Boys title. Miles won by three shots over Maple Ridge, BC-player, John Paul Kahlert (75, 71 - 146), 17. After claiming a one-shot lead after the first day, Miles’s five birdies in the span of 10 holes and no bogeys propelled him to victory. “The key to winning the tournament was my putting,” he commented. “I was struggling with the putter and put a lot of work into it right before the tournament and it did the job.”
Playing his first MJT in the Collegiate division, and claiming the fourth trophy for Kelowna players, was 19-year-old, Philipp Kaiser. Kaiser celebrated his birthday during the event by shooting scores of 78 and 77 (155) to win his first career MJT title. “I feel so great to win this event because it is my first win in the six years I’ve played on the Junior Tour,” he remarked. “The MJT is the best tour out there and I love playing on it!” Runner-up was 19-year-old Lake Country, BC-resident, Jesse Stoesz, who fired scores of 79 and 78 (157) to finish two shots behind.
Winning the MJT Peewee Boys Division by a one-shot margin was 12-year-old, Tristian Jackman, of Surrey. Jackman had a five-shot lead after the first round, but was met with a late surge by second place-finisher, Emil Liddell, 12, of Vancouver, BC, who made three consecutive birdies on his last three holes of the tournament (78-70=148). With two birdies of his own in the final three holes, Jackman secured the Hoselton trophy with scores of 73 and 74 (147).
The Low Overall Girls score and MJT U15 Girls Division title for the third time this year went to the brilliantly talented 14-year-old, Erin Lee from Langley, BC. This distinguished player carded rounds of 73 and 75 (148), including five birdies, to defend her title after winning this event last year. “I think that the staff does a great job, especially Chris Hood, the tournament director, at running the events and making them enjoyable,” commented Lee, who now gets set to travel to Lethbridge, AB, for the 2019 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. Coming in second place was 13-year-old, Annalise Stolzenberg, of Langley, who fired rounds of 82 and 78 (160).
Osoyoos, BC-resident, Alexandrea Brunner, 16, grabbed a come-from-behind victory in the MJT Girls 15-18 Division with scores of 82 and 81 (163). After being down one shot going into the second round and having a tough start, Brunner came back with an even-par second nine including a birdie on the last hole to claim the Hoselton trophy. “I really enjoyed playing with my friends and playing on a beautiful golf course,” she commented. “I feel really honored and grateful to win this tournament.” Finishing tied for second place was Breanna MacPherson, 18, of West Kelowna, BC (85, 79 - 164), 18, and Sueah Park, 15, of Langley (81, 83 - 164).
For PLYR Long Drive, PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin and the MJT Booster Juice Comeback Award winners, please visit the highlights page for the tournament here. Selections for MJT Team Canada to Australia’s JNJG International Junior Classic will be announced once qualifying has completed across the country.
The next Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour stop in BC is in Vernon on July 22 and 23 for the MJT BC Series presented by PLYR Golf at Predator Ridge Golf Resort. For more information or to register, please visit www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-4653.
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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 close to 80 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 7 to 12 year olds, the Collegiate Tour for 19 to 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, see www.maplejt.com.