June 19-20, 2021
Carstairs, AB – (June 21, 2021) – After a delayed opening to the 2021 MJT Alberta season last week in Stony Plain, the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour went back-to-back weekends in a packed revised schedule, holding the popular MJT Alberta Junior Preview presented by Junior Golf Hub at Carstairs Golf Club in Carstairs on June 19 and 20.
“It was two great days at Carstairs Golf Club,” stated Trent Matson, MJT Director of National Operations and Alberta Tournament Director. “The golf course was in great shape in preparation for the Alberta Junior Championship which will be held on July 6 to 8 and a strong field played hard over the past two days. The first day saw rain and wind and the scores were a bit higher but day two was sunny and a slight breeze which allowed for some low numbers for players to make a move from behind.”
The MJT Junior Boys Division saw players take advantage of the scoring conditions on day two. Emerging victorious from the pack of elite golfers was 16-year-old Ethan Wilson, of St. Albert, AB who fired outstanding scores of 72 and 67 (139). Wilson made a tournament-high 11 birdies over the 36 holes of competition including three in his final three holes of the tournament to win the division title and low overall. “I stuck to my game,” commented Wilson. “I know my game is good and trending in the right direction.” Logan Graf, 17, of Sylvan Lake, AB, fired excellent rounds of 71 and 69 (140) to finish in second place.
The MJT Girls 15-19 Division needed extra holes to determine a winner after Calgary athletes Sydney Bisgrove (78-79=157), 14, and Carys Code (80-77=157), 16, finished tied at the top with a total score of 157. Bisgrove, who played her last four holes at one-under par to force the playoff, came out of the playoff with the division title. “My mental game was very good this weekend,” commented Bisgrove. “I didn’t let bad shots get to me and I’m super happy that all the work over the winter paid off.”
One shot separated the top three players in the MJT Juvenile Boys Division at Carstairs. 15-year-old Josiah Tong, of Heritage Pointe, AB, held on to the very end carding a fine pair of 71s (142) to take home the division title. Tong made an eagle and eight birdies and played his final nine holes at even par. “I feel proud to take the win on Father’s Day,” said Tong. “This was my first MJT tournament of the year and my first win so I have a lot to be proud of.” 2020 MJT Alberta Order of Merit Winner, Zachary Haydamack, 16, of Rocky View County, AB, fired 74 and 69 (143) to finish tied for second place with 15-year-old Connor Cziriak, of Calgary, AB, who fired 73 and 70 (143).
Picking up his first career MJT victory in the Bantam Boys Division was 13-year-old Kohen Yeske, of Calgary, AB. Yeske recorded scores of 78 and 72 (150), coming behind from a four-shot deficit to win the division by three shots. “I stayed calm and kept playing away,” commented Yeske, when asked about the key to his success. “I kept my focus, especially on the finishing holes, and it feels great to get my first win.”
The beat goes on for 11-year-old Eileen Park, of Red Deer, AB, who picked up her second consecutive MJT victory in the Girls U15 Division. Park fired rounds of 74 and 81 (155), continuing her dominance on the MJT leaderboards. “I wasn’t quite happy with my play on the second day,” said Park, who struggled to find her groove. “But overall, I’m happy to have won the tournament and played well on the first day.”
The MJT Peewee Boys Division witnessed 10-year-old Jayden Arnold, of Calgary, AB, make his debut from the MJT Mini Tour in dominant fashion by recording scores of 78 and 74 (152) to pick up his first Junior Tour victory. Arnold, who has seen much success over the last three years including a runner-up finish last year at the MJT Mini Tour National Championship at Tsawwassen Springs, transitioned perfectly onto the Junior Tour at Carstairs. “I hit my driver straight and stuck to my gameplan,” he commented. “I wasn’t playing my best at first but told myself that there was lots of golf to be played and I feel very happy to have won.”
The Booster Juice BounceBack Awards for the best improvement in score from round one to round two went to Morgan Mcinnis, Clea Baylis, Cameron Lailey, Tom Dyack, Sebastian Berube, and Paxton Maxwell.
Full results can be viewed here. The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour continues with back-to-back events in Alberta with the MJT Ford Series at Olds Central Highlands in Olds on June 28 and 29. Tee times for that event have already been posted and more details can be found on the website at www.maplejt.com.
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About the MJT: The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour 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 supported by valued Premier, Tournament and Product Partners. The MJT hosts close to 90 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 12U and multi-day events for competitive players aged 11-19 which also offer qualifiers for international tournaments. The program has annual awards, scholarships and incentives to help reward 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 the provincial, national, university and professional levels.