Intense heat marked the playing of the 2016 Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) Ottawa Junior Open at Greyhawk Golf Club in Cumberland, Ont.
Despite the trying conditions the golfers excelled, including young Nicholas Adair who made an ace in the final round to cap his tournament showing.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Fourteen year-old Nicholas Adair played nicely to capture the title. The Kingston, On resident put up an impressive 70 (-2) in round one to get off to a great start. While his second round 76 (+4) was not as strong, it did include an ace on the 13th hole. The perfect shot from 148 yards helped him win the title with a 146 total.
“It’s my first hole-in-one!” expressed an excited Adair. “I stepped up to the tee with my nine iron and I thought it went over! It helped me secure my win and it feels awesome.”
15 year-old Brayden Valiquette from Cornwall, ON. finished two back to take second place. He scored rounds of 73 and 75.
Bantam Girls Division (U15)
Thirteen year-old Isabella Landry of Manotick, ON was the only competitor in her division. It did not seem to matter to the burgeoning talent. She posted respectable scores of 82 and 89 to add another trophy to her growing resume.
“I was confident in my approach shots during both rounds,” explained Landry. “But there is always room for improvement in my putting, something to work on for the next event.”
Junior Boys Division (U19)
Competition was tough in the Junior Boys class where it took an under par score to reach the top of the leaderboard.
18 year-old Yagiz Tuna swept the field with a two day total of 137 (-7). It included impressive rounds of 68 and 69.
Tuna won by three strokes over Griffin Jones of Manotick who opened with a 73 but came back with a tournament low 67 (-5).
Junior Girls Division (U19)
Vivian Sasova, 17, from Gatineau, Que., played a solid two rounds focusing on improving her game in the Junior Girls division. Sasova posted rounds of 91, 94 for a tournament total of 185, which was good enough for a first place finish.
Juvenile Boys Division (U17)
Alexandrew Lefebvre, 15, from Ottawa, Ont., claimed the top position for his division after firing rounds of, 77 (+5), 72 (E), giving him a two-day total of 149. Lefebvre made birdies early in the round to secure his lead and his first CJGA career win. Lefebvre explained a bit about his game plan, “I went in attacking the pins, trying my best for an eagle, but I am happy with six birdies and a bunch of pars.”
Malcolm Simpson, 15, of Nepean, Ont., managed six birdies and matching rounds of 75 for a tournament total of 150, placing him in the runner-up position.
Novice Boys Division (U9)
Leo Christou, 6, from Montreal Que., finished first in the Novice Boys division with a round total of 44 (+8). Following behind was Tristan Laflamme, 9, of Barrhaven, Ont. Laflamme claimed second place with a round total of 47.
Peewee Boys Division (U13)
Spencer Jackson, 12, of Bracebridge, Ont., was the winner for the Peewee Boys division after carding a round total of 82.
Two strokes behind was Jared Lipski, 11, from Kanata, Ont. Lipski finished with a round total of 85 and the second place title.
Bantam Boys Division (U15)
Carlisle, Ont., native Charlie Smith, 13, took home first place after scoring an 85 over 18 holes.
Joshua Puranda, 14, of Brockville, Ont., shadowed Smith, but came up short with a round total of 87, placing him in second place.