Qingyuan, China – After a week of grey skies and rain, the sun finally broke through at the final round of the Aaron Baddeley International Junior Championship in Qingyuan, China. Jin Cheng of China won the Boys division while Yan Jing also from China claimed the Girls division. For the third straight year Australia (1478) took home the team title.
CJGA Team Canada (1513) made a final round charge to move into the third place but could not overcome their slow start from earlier in the week and ended the tournament in fourth place. Matt Williams of Calgary, AB finished the tournament as top Canadian in 5th place.
Williams started his round by holing out from a fairway bunker on hole 2 for an eagle. “I was pretty surprised by the result. The ball one hopped and sucked back into the hole” said Williams. On hole 5 Williams made quick work of a downhill birdie opportunity but gave back strokes with three straight bogies on holes 8, 9 and 10. With two more birdies on holes 12 and 17 Williams stood on the 18th tee two under for the day. But an errant tee shot put Williams behind a rock wall forcing him to chip back to the fairway. Williams continue to struggle on the hole finishing with a triple bogey for a disappointing round of 73 (+1) and a tournament total of 291 (+3).
Canada’s best performance of the day came from Patrick Murphy of Crossfield, AB who fired a solid round of 70 (-2). Murphy came out on fire shooting 32 (-4) on the front nine but gave strokes back on holes 15 and 18 to finished the tournament tied for eleventh at 295 (+7) . “I was extremely confident starting my round today but that hole got me again” said Murphy referring to his tee shot on hole 15 that found the water.
Tony Mak of Richmond, BC also made an early charge today with four birdies and one bogey in the front nine. Unable to keep the pace, Mak found trouble on the back nine with five bogies to finished the day with a 73 (+1) giving him a four day today of 303 (+15). “I felt really good on the front nine. Everything was going in” said Mak. “I guess my luck ran out in the back nine as I was unable to close the deal.”
CJGA Team Canada will now return home, gaining a valuable international experience. “The team represented Canada and themselves in a first-class manner. Moving forward, the experience gained here in China will be a great benefit to our players” said CJGA Team Manager, John Lawrence. “Fourth place isn’t what we had in mind when we first arrived, but I am very proud of the effort our players displayed throughout the championship.”