2016 CN Future Links Ontario Titles Decided; Eastern Ontario Golfers Qualify For Nationals

Isabella PortoKalis and Brandon Lacasee win the 2016 CN Future Links Onatrio Championship (Photo: Paul Bennett/Golf Canada)
Isabella PortoKalis and Brandon Lacasee win the 2016 CN Future Links Onatrio Championship (Photo: Paul Bennett/Golf Canada)
Isabella PortoKalis and Brandon Lacasee win the 2016 CN Future Links Onatrio Championship (Photo: Paul Bennett/Golf Canada)

The 2016 Ontario Future Links Ontario Championship played out Sunday at the Midland Golf and Country Club.

Despite hot and humid conditions the players showed no waning in skills as Isabella Portokalis and Brandon Lacasse earned the titles in their respective divisions.

Boys Division

Brandon Lacasse surged to a win in the Boys Championship. The Châteauguay, Quebec golfer made birdies on his final two holes to win by two strokes. The 18 year-old tallied a 212 total for the 54 holes, including a final round of 70.

“I just tried to play as if it was a fun round,” said Lacasse. “I always finish second or third, so I’m happy to finally win a big tournament.”

Rounding out the top 6 in the Junior Boys division was Tyler Nagano, Remi Chartier, Ty Celone (Long Sault, ON), Jake Bryson (Dunrobin, ON) and Kelvin Young Woong Lim. All six earn spots in the 2016 Canadian Junior Boys Championship to be played in August in Newfoundland. 

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total Points Purse
1 Brandon Lacasse  Châteauguay, QC E F +2 72 70 70 212 700
2 Tyler Nagano  Toronto, ON E F +4 73 71 70 214 525
3 Remi Chartier  Beaconsfield, QC -1 F +5 75 71 69 215 490
T4 Ty Celone  Long Sault, ON +2 F +7 72 73 72 217 437.50
T4 Jake Bryson  Dunrobin, ON +4 F +7 70 73 74 217 437.50
T6 Kelvin Young Woong Lim  Thornhill, ON +2 F +8 74 72 72 218 350
T6 Charles-David Trépanier  Quebec, QC +3 F +8 72 73 73 218 350
T6 Anthony Occhiuto  Guelph, ON +3 F +8 74 71 73 218 350
T9 William Latreille  L’Île-Bizard, QC +3 F +10 73 74 73 220 233.33
T9 Minwoo Park  Toronto, ON +4 F +10 74 72 74 220 233.33
T9 Thomas Giroux  Georgetown, ON +5 F +10 70 75 75 220 233.33

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Girls Division

Great play by Isabella Portokalis of London, Ontario, along with an unfortunate rules incident that affected her closest competitor, handed the Team Ontario member the title.

Portokalis turned in a 72 in the final round to get into the clubhouse at 216 (+6) for the championship. That was also the score of Tiffany Kong of Vancouver but unfortunately she incurred a two stroke penalty that negated the need for a playoff.

Dangerous weather had caused a short suspension of play during the final round and Kong, along with another player from British Columbia, Hannah Lee, resumed play before it was allowed. The Championship Committee did agree to waive the penalty of disqualification but each player was assessed a two-stroke penalty. It was a tough lesson for Kong who handed Portokalis the trophy as a result, a situation the Ontario golfer was not even aware of.

“I just tried to keep calm and keep making pars, and if a putt went in then that was great,” said Portokalis who is just 14 years-old but already putting up some amazing numbers in tournament play.“I got into the scoring tent and everybody said that I won and I didn’t even realize it.”

Portokalis sees this victory as a building block towards future success, including the 2016 Canadian Junior Girls Championship in August. “Now I know that I can win any tournament,” she said. “I was three back on the first tee, but I bounced back on the back nine.”

Tiffany Kong and Hannah Lee rounded out the top three places. They qualify for the 2016 Canadian Junior Girls Championship later this summer in Nova Scotia along with the rest of the top 6 – Ellie Szeryk (London, Ont,), Monet Chun (Richmond Hill, Ont.), and Grace St-Germain (Orleans, Ont.)

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total Points Purse
1 Isabella Portokalis  London, ON +2 F +6 71 73 72 216 700
2 Tiffany Kong  Vancouver, BC +2 F +8 74 72 72 218 525
3 Hannah Lee  Surrey, BC +5 F +9 73 71 75 219 490
T4 Ellie Szeryk  Allen, TX +4 F +10 78 68 74 220 420
T4 Monet Chun  Richmond Hill, ON +9 F +10 72 69 79 220 420
T4 Grace St-Germain  Orleans, ON +7 F +10 68 75 77 220 420
T7 Noemie Pare  Victoriaville, QC +3 F +13 76 74 73 223 332.50
T7 Alexandra Naumovski  Hornby, ON +3 F +13 77 73 73 223 332.50
9 Mary Parsons  Delta, BC +6 F +14 72 76 76 224 280
10 Céleste Dao  Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot, QC +4 F +15 74 77 74 225 245

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