Golf de Verchères was the host on May 30/31 for the inaugural Golf Québec Pee-Wee and Bantam Classic. It featured the best 90 players in the association under the age of 14.
Despite the challenging wet and windy weather Jean-Christophe Gagnon of Stoneham turned in scores of 78 and 75 to win the Bantam Boys category by six strokes over William Duquette of Laval-sur-le-Lac and Thomas Vallières of Victoriaville, who shared second place.
It was a close race in the Bantam girls competition as the top three players ended play separated by just two strokes. Mathilde Denicourt of St-Césaire, who won the 2014 Provincial Pee-Wee Championship, took top honours in this variation of the event. She was followed by Emily Romancew of Whitlock and Lory Paradis of Golf Le Mirage who earned 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
Last year’s Provincial Mosquito Champion, Jean-Philippe Parr, put on a show once again as the Ki-8-Eb golfer turned in a six stroke victory in the Pee-Wee Boys Division. The score of 77 by the ten year old was the talk of the day. Malik Dao of Summerlea took second while Jonathan Demers of Drummondville was third.
Yasmine Daoud of Whitlock won the her first tournament ever by prevailing in the Pee-Wee Girls’ Category. Doud shot 88 to win by eleven strokes over Frédéricke Desbiens of Royal Québec.
Eric Couture, Tournament Director of Golf Québec, said the first edition of this event was a lot more successful than expected.
The bantam champions, Jean-Christophe Gagnon of Stoneham and Mathilde Denicourt of St-Césaire, also earned an exemption to take part in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships to be held at the Torrey Pines Golf Club, in the San Diego area, from July 11 to 17.