November 10-13, 2022
Orlando, FL - (November 14, 2022) – Hurricane Nicole ended up being no match for 110 top golfers on Canada’s number-one played Junior Golf Tour, the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, as they managed to conclude a highly successful 24th season on Sunday with the final round of the MJT National Championship presented by TaylorMade and adidas Golf at Orange County National Golf Club in Orlando, FL. The course, which has held both Korn Ferry and PGA Tour qualifying events, hosted a practice round and two rounds of competition on November 11 through 13 after the storm played havoc with travel and play.
Legendary golf coach, Sean Foley, made a special appearance to welcome the players, who were competing in six age divisions for national titles, earning AJGA PBE Stars and exemptions into the IMG Academy Florida Challenge this December. Top results are highlighted below.
MJT Junior Boys - Crooked Cat: Par 72, Ydg 6748, Slope/Rating 134/73.0
1 Devin Kucy Camrose, AB M 19 72, 73 145
2 Gavin Ives Middle Sackville, NS M 17 73, 74 147
3 Jaiden Koonar Calgary, AB M 17 74, 74 148
A ten-year run on the MJT came to a fitting finale when veteran Devin Kucy, 19, of Camrose, AB, was crowned MJT National Junior Boys Champion after firing scores of 72-73. “I feel great – it’s a great way to close out my junior career,” said Kucy.
MJT Girls 15-19 - Crooked Cat: Par 72, Ydg 5733, Slope/Rating 137/73.7
1 Ha Young Chang Surrey, BC F 14 73, 69 142
T2 Jayla Kucy Camrose, AB F 16 75, 73 148
T2 Grace Aoting Yao West Vancouver, BC F 14 73, 75 148
Ha Young Chang, 14, of Surrey, BC, was crowned MJT Girls 15-19 National Champion, her second MJT national title in as many years, after she fired 73-69 to win by six strokes. “I feel proud of myself and happy that I won,” said Chang, who also shot the Low Overall Girls score. “Highlights were making an up and down when I was in the hazard on hole 12 and I also made a long putt for birdie on a par four, but my favourite moment of the whole season was winning this MJT National tournament.”
MJT Juvenile Boys - Crooked Cat: Par 72, Ydg 6748, Slope/Rating 134/73.0
1 Joshua Ince Surrey, BC M 16 69, 70 139
2 Harvey Liu Surrey, BC M 15 70, 72 142
3 Brett Jones Calgary, AB M 16 77, 71 148
Joshua Ince, 16, of Surrey, BC, won the MJT Juvenile Boys National Champion’s title in style after firing 69-70, the Low Overall Boys score, on the challenging Crooked Cat course. “I couldn’t imagine closing my season any other way,” said Ince. “I putted great today, probably the best I have all season. I would love to keep improving that for next season.”
MJT Bantam Boys - Crooked Cat: Par 72, Ydg 6226, Slope/Rating 130/70.4
1 Sukhraj Singh Gill Surrey, BC M 14 73, 69 142
2 Tyler Kidd Calgary, AB M 15 70, 74 144
3 Brae Rogalczyk Innisfail, AB M 14 77, 70 147
An incredible run of six back-to-back birdies vaulted 14-year-old Sukhraj Singh Gill of Surrey, BC, into his division’s lead, securing him the MJT Bantam Boys National Champion’s title by two strokes (73-69). “It feels amazing because I came second multiple times this year, so it feels good to finally get a win,” Gill said. “I had six birdies in a row today and the goal is to get a lower handicap next year.”
MJT Girls U15 - Crooked Cat: Par 72, Ydg 5733, Slope/Rating 137/73.7
1 Elliana Buhagiar Bowmanville, ON F 13 78, 78 156
2 Kali Yeske Calgary, AB F 13 78, 81 159
3 Saylar May Rocky Mountain House, AB F 14 83, 79 162
Elliana Buhagiar, 13, of Bowmanville, ON, shot consistent scores of 78 to finish off her great 2022 season as the MJT Girls U15 National Champion. “I am glad that I finished strong,” she said, citing a tournament highlight as ‘having some really good drives’.
MJT Peewee Boys - Crooked Cat: Par 72, Ydg 5733, Slope/Rating 124/67.9
1 Jayden Arnold Calgary, AB M 12 72, 72 144
T2 Joseph Totino Toronto, ON M 12 78, 75 153
T2 Oscar Lin Aurora , ON M 12 78, 75 153
MJT Peewee Boys Player of the Year 2022, Jayden Arnold of Calgary, AB, added the MJT Peewee Boys National Champion’s title to his collection after carding back-to-back rounds of even par for a dominant victory. “One of my season’s goals was to make it to the National Championship,” Arnold stated. “I worked really hard this year, and I am very happy to close out the season with a big win.”
Generous gifting and prizes were awarded courtesy presenting partners, TaylorMade and adidas Golf. Please see the website for Full Results, Long Drive, Closest-to-the-Pin and Booster Juice BounceBack award winners, along with a photo gallery. The finale in Orlando marked the end of a record-setting 2022 MJT season; the 2023 Early Bird Membership becomes available December 1st online 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 100 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.
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