May 20-21, 2023
It was another packed field on the non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour in Abbotsford, BC, where over 90 players competed in the MJT PLYR Series at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club on May 20 and 21. Titles in six divisions were on the line and winners were treated to a full array of PLYR prizes. There was also the chance to qualify for two major events: the PGA Tour Canada-affiliated MJT Future Stars presented by ATBin Edmonton, AB, this June, and for Team BC in the Junior America’s Cup in Reno, Nevada, this July. Scoring averages will be used to finalize Team BC once qualifying at select events is completed. The MJT, Canada’s number one-played Junior Tour, is the sole qualifier in the country for these two major junior events.
The tricky Ledgeview Golf and Country Club, childhood home club to MJT alumni and PGA Tour stars, Adam Hadwin and Nick Taylor, showed its teeth this weekend as the juniors battled to break par on the difficult track. Harvey Liu, 15, of Surrey, and Samuel Kurytnik, 17, of Nanaimo, tied for Low Overall honours and will both receive MJT Future Stars presented by ATB exemptions. Kaylee Chung, 15, of Vancouver, was Low Overall in the MJT Girls Divisions, leading all females in scoring for the weekend. Top finisher highlights are below; all the scores along with results from the TaylorMade Long Drive, PLYR Closest to the Pin, Booster Juice BounceBack Awards and Academy Points can be found here.
The next Junior Tour stop in the province is the waitlisted MJT Maui Jim Series at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, BC, June 3-4. Spots are still available in the fantastic BC interior summer swing stops: the MJT Ford Series at Rivershore Golf Links in Kamloops, BC, July 17-18, the MJT Nicola Wealth Classic at Okanagan Golf Club in Kelowna on July 20-21, and the MJT Western Championship presented by The Cart Locker at Copper Point Golf Club in Invermere, July 25-26 – register here. For more information on the MJT, please visit the website at www.maplejt.com.
MJT Girls U15: Ledgeview G&CC Par 70, 5427 Ydg , Slope / Rating 121/70.9
1 Cici Pou Ieng Liang, Vancouver, BC, F, 13 79-77 (156)
2 Elsa Wu, Maple Ridge, BC, F, 13 78-80 (158)
3 Charlotte Tam, Burnaby, BC, F, 12 85-74 (159)
Cici Pou Liang, 13, of Vancouver, BC, came from behind to claim the MJT Girls U15 Division title by two shots. “I feel great, I had lots of slope stance so did bad the first day but my short game came along and hard work paid off,” said Liang.
MJT Girls 15-19: Ledgeview G&CC Par 70, 5427 Ydg , Slope / Rating 121/70.9
1 Kaylee Chung, Vancouver, BC, F, 15 78-76 (154)
2 Labeier Wu, Vancouver, BC, F, 16 82-75 (157)
3 Zhehui (Hui) Yu, Burnaby, BC, F, 15 77-82 (159)
Kaylee Chung, 15, of Vancouver, BC, played solid golf over the weekend, winning the MJT Girls Low Overall Score and 15-19 Division title. “Winning this MJT event definitely made me learn a special lesson,” she stated. “I improved my mental game by focussing and staying in the present time. I also learned and improved to put full commitment to my shots.”
MJT Peewee Boys: Ledgeview G&CC Par 70, 5427 Ydg, Slope / Rating 119/66.1
1 Jackson Wang, Surrey, BC, M, 11 77-73 (150)
2 David Zhang, White Rock, BC, M, 11 77-77 (154)
3 Tiger Zhao, Vancouver, BC, M, 12 76-81 (157)
Already a MJT veteran at age 11, Jackson Wang, of Surrey, BC, played steady on the back nine of the second day to win the MJT Peewee Boys Division title by four strokes. “I feel great, and this is also my first ever junior tour win!” said Wang. “My putting and chipping won me the tournament.”
MJT Bantam Boys: Ledgeview G&CC Par 70, 5922 Ydg, Slope / Rating 124/67.6
1 Jaden August, Pitt Meadows, BC, M, 14 73-74 (147)
2 Jeevyn Lotay, Burnaby, BC, M, 13 82-71 (153)
3 Tyson Valk, North Vancouver, BC, M, 13 74-81 (155)
Racking up his second win of this season is 2022 MJT Order of Merit Winner, Jaden August, 14, of Pitt Meadows, BC, who claimed the MJT Bantam Boys Division title with solid scores of 73-74. “It’s a good feeling (to win), it’s a tough course,” said August. “I putted pretty well.”
MJT Juvenile Boys: Ledgeview G&CC Par 70, 6131 Ydg, Slope / Rating 126/69.7
1 Harvey Liu, Surrey, BC, M, 15 74-75 (149)
2 Richard RuoHeng Sun, Burnaby, BC, M, 15 76-74 (150)
3 Oscar Yu, West Vancouver, BC, M, 15 78-73 (151)
3 Austin Krahn, Christina Lake, BC, M, 15 72-79 (151)
Harvey Liu, 15, of Burnaby, BC, will be making a second appearance at the MJT Future Stars Invitational in Edmonton, Alberta, this June, after finishing with a one shot victory in the MJT Juvenile Boys Division. “It feels good to have my hard work pay off and boosts my confidence for the rest of the season,” said Liu. When asked about what helped him win, he said ‘my driver and attitude helped me.’
MJT Junior Boys: Ledgeview G&CC Par 70, 6131 Ydg, Slope / Rating 126/69.7
1 Samuel Kurytnik, Nanaimo, BC, M, 17 72-77 (149)
2 Max Hager, Kelowna, BC, M, 17 76-77 (153)
3 Jason Yang, Coquitlam, BC, M, 16 75-79 (154)
Samuel Kurytnik, 17, of Nanaimo, BC, will be joining Liu at the MJT Future Stars Invitational after winning the MJT Junior Boys Division. “I feel really good. Had to battle it out on the back nine the second day but it is nice to get the ‘W’,” said Kurytnik. “The first day my short game really saved me. I made a few longer putts which was nice.”
MJT Future Stars Invitational: Harvey Liu (Surrey) and Samuel Kurytnik (Nanaimo)
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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 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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