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.
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.
|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|
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.)
|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|