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Press Release

August 9-10, 2021
Delta, BC

Record field in 55th annual MJT Harry White Little Masters at Kings Links

 

Delta, BC – (August 11, 2021) – A record field of close to 100 young golfers aged 12 and under recently competed in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s 55th annual MJT Harry White Little Masters at Kings Links by the Sea in Delta, BC, August 9 and 10. This event was founded by the late Harry White who was a catalyst to junior golf development in British Columbia and mentor to countless young athletes aspiring to play golf competitively. This year’s competition featured the largest field ever seen on the MJT Mini Tour, 36 holes of golf, fantastic prizes, and camaraderie among all competitors. 

Jim Zhu, 12, of Vancouver, BC, returned to the top of the leaderboard and successfully defended his title, winning his second consecutive MJT Harry White Little Masters trophy in the Boys 11-12 Division. Zhu shot 74 and 71 (145), pulling away from the field of players after having a two-shot lead after the first day. “It feels great to win this year, because I also won this tournament last year,” Zhu said. “My coach and caddie helped me get the win this time.” Runner-up was Ethan Zeng, 12, also of Vancouver, who climbed up the leaderboard on the second day and recorded scores of 77 and 74 (151).

The MJT Harry White Little Masters Girls 11-12 title was won by 12-year-old Rose Chen. Chen who has made a name for herself on the MJT Mini Tour and has begun the transition onto the MJT Junior Tour, recorded a pair of 71s (142) to win the title by four shots. “I felt a little nervous at first, but I got better after making a few birdies,” commented Chen. “I’m very happy to win this competition.” Vancouver player Cici Liang, 11, after showing much development in her game over the last two years, fired a pair of 73s (146) to finish the division in second place.

Incredible scores of 66 and 67 (135) were shot by 10-year-old Tiger Zhao, of Vancouver, BC, in the MJT Boys 9-10 Division. Zhao, who completed the comeback on the second day to win the MJT Harry White Little Masters trophy, said, “I made an eagle and birdie on my final two holes which got me the win. I feel great to win such an important tournament.” Burnaby, BC, golfer Matthew Cui, 10, recorded scores of 65 and 70 (135) to place second.

The MJT Girls 9-10 Division champion was nine-year-old Emma Kim, of Victoria, BC, who won the MJT Harry White Little Masters title with scores of 75 and 77 (152). Kim, playing in just her second event on the MJT Mini Tour, earned her second consecutive victory. “I was very proud of myself for finishing strong. I had a couple of bad holes in the middle of my second round, but played my last seven holes at three-under par,” she said afterwards. Vancouver’s Grace Guan, 10, finished the division in second place with scores of 78 and 77 (155).

Seven-year-old Arthur Lawson, of Vancouver, separated himself from the rest of the MJT Boys 8U field after opening the tournament with a round of 67. “It feels nice to be able to win and play under par at a challenging course,” commented Lawson, who carded a 76 on the second day for a two-day total of 143 to take home the MJT Harry White Little Masters title in convincing fashion. Runner-up to Lawson was Ray Chen, 8, of Port Moody, BC (78, 73=151).

Winning the MJT Harry White Little Masters title in Girls 8U Division by just one shot was eight-year-old Jody Li. The Burnaby, BC, golfer shot 79 and 84 (163) to earn her second win in her first year competing on the MJT Mini Tour. Seven-year-old Lucy Li, of Vancouver, BC, finished in the runner-up position with scores of 79 and 85 (164).

Full results can be viewed here. The grand finale for the MJT Mini Tour, the MJT Mini Tour National Championship at Tsawwassen Springs, runs next week in Tsawwassen, BC, on August 19 and 20. More information can be found online at www.maplejt.com.

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.

 

Media Contact: 
Sadiq Jiwa
MJT Marketing and Communications Manager
sjiwa@maplejt.com