D’Angelo Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win Ontario Juvenile Boys’ Championship; Zheng wins Girls’ title in playoff

CAMLACHIE — The Ontario Juvenile Boys’ and Girls’ Championships wrapped up on Aug. 17 from Sawmill Creek Golf Resort in Camlachie in rainy conditions. The players faced a two-hour delay early in the round and battled on-again off-again rain throughout the day. Despite the weather, the tournament did finish in full. At the end of the day, Fonthill’s Freddy D’Angelo claimed the boys’ championship, while Markham’s Victoria Zheng captured the girls’ title in a playoff.

D’Angelo, fromLookout Point Country Club, entered the round with a three-shot lead over Ottawa’s Romi Dilawri. He was consistent early in the final round with four straight pars. He knocked in a birdie on the fifth and went to the turn one-under. Three bogey’s on the back nine made things interesting, but he secured the win with a birdie on the 16thand ended the round one-over (72) to finish the tournament at seven-under (66-68-72-206).

“This is a very important win for me,” said D’Angelo. “It is probably the biggest for me so far. Heading into the day, even with the weather, I knew I was playing well. I just tried to do my best and it paid off.”

D’Angelo, who was runner up at the Ontario Junior Boys’ Match Play Championship just a few weeks ago, said that his performance there really helped motivate him for this week. “I have been hitting the ball really well lately and I would say my putting has been a strong point.”

In a bit of a surprise, second place went to Little Britain’s Cody Clark. Clark, from Oliver’s Nest Golf Club, began the day at even par and in the fourth from last group. He went on to shoot the low round of the day, a five-under (66), which included eight birdies and three bogeys. That allowed him to claim the silver with a tournament total of five-under (72-70-66-208).

Dilawri would hang on to take home the bronze. He got out to a great start and was three-under through six. He made the turn two-under but had some struggles on the back nine. He went on to finish the day one-over (72) and ended the tournament four-under (68-69-72-209).

Girls’ Championship

The girls’ championship came right down to the wire. Entering the day, Markham’s Hailey McLaughlin held a slim one-shot lead over Zheng. McLaughlin and Zheng would shoot four-over on the front nine, while their playing partner, North Gower’s Dylann Armstrong, shot a three-over front nine. That resulted in McLaughlin holding a one-stroke lead over the other two as they made the turn.

McLaughlin ran into some trouble early on the back nine, which opened the door for Zheng and Armstrong. The two were tied as they came up the 18th. After overshooting the green on her approach, Armstrong drained a 20-footer to put the pressure on Zheng. Zheng too would make par, forcing a playoff.

In the playoff, Zheng would tap in for par, while Armstrong made bogey resulting in the win for Zheng. She finished the day six-over (77) for a tournament total of six-over (71-71-77-219) and the title.

“It feels good,” said Zheng after the round. “I am so honoured to win this. My competitors were very strong, which made me fight to win. During the playoff, I was just trying to stay calm and not get too nervous and it worked out in the end.”

When it came to pinpointing her strength during the week, Zheng said it was her play from the tees and fairways. “I would say my long game. I hit a lot of greens this week. Unfortunately, I didn’t make a lot of putts but I still made a lot of pars.”

Armstrong took home the silver also at six-over (74-69-76-219). Despite her troubles, McLaughlin still finished on the podium with the bronze medal. She ended the day nine-over (80) to complete the tournament at eight-over (70-71-80-221).

Boys’ Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Freddy D’Angelo +1 F -7 66 68 72 206
2 Cody Clark -5 F -5 72 70 66 208
3 Romi Dilawri +1 F -4 68 69 72 209
4 Tristan Renaud -2 F -3 72 69 69 210
5 Robbie Latter E F -2 73 67 71 211
T6 Ethan Cardwell E F +1 67 76 71 214
T6 Michael Ikejiani +2 F +1 74 67 73 214
T8 Josh DiCarlo +1 F +2 72 71 72 215
T8 Luca Carestia +3 F +2 69 72 74 215
T8 Thomas Latter +5 F +2 70 69 76 215
T8 Max Dragon +5 F +2 71 68 76 215
T12 Logan Hawke -3 F +3 76 72 68 216
T12 Peter Blazevic +5 F +3 69 71 76 216
T14 Kyle Chung +4 F +5 70 73 75 218
T14 Luc Warnock +5 F +5 71 71 76 218
T16 Sam Hogan +1 F +6 71 76 72 219
T16 Jordan Breen +3 F +6 74 71 74 219
T18 Brendan Dunphy +5 F +7 72 72 76 220
T18 Zachary Wylie-Kos +6 F +7 70 73 77 220
20 Dylan Henderson +3 F +8 74 73 74 221
T21 Kavith Ranchagoda +1 F +9 77 73 72 222
T21 Ranen Oomen-Danckert +5 F +9 73 73 76 222
T21 Alek Mauro +4 F +9 78 69 75 222
T21 Tyler Cunningham +6 F +9 70 75 77 222
T25 Ryan McAskill +5 F +10 72 75 76 223
T25 Joseph MacNeil +5 F +10 73 74 76 223
27 Ben Ledbury +4 F +11 77 72 75 224
28 Trent Zorgdrager +2 F +12 78 74 73 225
29 Julian Crupi +2 F +13 79 74 73 226
T30 Vick Gu +7 F +14 78 71 78 227
T30 Nicholas Tanovich +7 F +14 75 74 78 227
T32 Quinn Arial +5 F +16 72 81 76 229
T32 Dylan MacDonald +4 F +16 75 79 75 229
T34 Mark Clarey +8 F +17 79 72 79 230
T34 Bennett Ruby +10 F +17 72 77 81 230
T36 Tate Smith +6 F +18 75 79 77 231
T36 Max Wang +7 F +18 74 79 78 231
T38 Evan MacLean +7 F +19 77 77 78 232
T38 Cade Preston +9 F +19 74 78 80 232
40 Ethan Phillips +8 F +20 78 76 79 233
41 Zachary Katzenstein +12 F +22 77 75 83 235
42 Jamie Zucker +13 F +24 79 74 84 237
43 Joshua Hayes +14 F +26 77 77 85 239

Girls’ Leaderboard

Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Victoria Zheng (p) +6 F +6 71 71 77 219
2 Dylann Armstrong +5 F +6 74 69 76 219
3 Hailey McLaughlin +9 F +8 70 71 80 221
4 Alyssa DiMarcantonio +1 F +9 77 73 72 222
5 Vanessa Chychrun +7 F +14 71 78 78 227
6 Mackenzie Morrison +4 F +15 77 76 75 228
7 Brooke Rivers +10 F +18 78 72 81 231
8 Hailey Katona +6 F +19 78 77 77 232
9 Raesa Sheikh +13 F +19 73 75 84 232
10 Catherine Zhang +7 F +26 79 82 78 239
11 Vaijayanti Bharkhada +5 F +27 85 79 76 240
12 Ashley Chow +12 F +27 77 80 83 240
13 Sarah Gallagher +13 F +29 79 79 84 242
14 Jillian A Friyia +17 F +32 80 77 88 245
15 Mikayla Bourgeois +12 F +33 82 81 83 246
16 Alexis McMurray +17 F +36 79 82 88 249
17 Isabella Landry +17 F +38 78 85 88 251
18 Cynthia Huo +16 F +39 89 76 87 252
19 Kayla Burke +18 F +41 81 84 89 254
20 Ava Koukofikas +21 F +45 90 76 92 258