Notebook: LPGA, Canadian Men’s Amateur, Junior Golf

Jake Bryson wins a spot in the Canadian Amateur (Photo: Darren Pang, Twitter)

News & Notes (June 20 Edition)

Top Finish For Sharp

Jake Bryson wins a spot in the Canadian Amateur (Photo: Darren Pang, Twitter)
Jake Bryson wins a spot in the Canadian Amateur (Photo: Darren Pang, Twitter)

After a busy and well-played week at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship two pros from Ontario had a decent week in the follow-up Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hamilton, Ontario’s Alena Sharp (66-67-71-71) had her best finish of 2016, a tie for 13th place. It earned her $30,778 and moved her up to 59th spot on the year-long money list and 60th place in the Race To The CME Globe points ranking.

Brooke Henderson also performed admirably in Michigan, especially coming off the biggest week in her golf life so far having won the aforementioned PGA Championship.

Henderson (67-68-72-71) earned a share of 21st in Michigan and a cheque for $20,940. The 2nd-ranked player in the world has now amassed LPGA earnings of $1,090,715 so far this season, placing her 3rd on the money list. She is in 4th place in the CME Race To The Globe.

Final Leaderboard

Another Top 20 For Augusta James

Bath, Ontario’s Augusta James had yet another top 20 finish on the Symetra Tour. It is her eighth of the season in just ten events.

James tied for 15th place at the Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Indiana. She earned $2,140 for the placing with rounds of 68, 74, and 74.

The finish pushed her from 10th to 8th on the year-long Volvik Race For The Card.

Regional Trio Compete In Illinois

Three golfers from Eastern Ontario are in Quincy, Illinois area today, preparing to compete in the Little People’s Golf Championships. The annual event was founded in 1974 and gathers young golfers from around the world.

Tournament rounds begin Tuesday and conclude Wednesday.

Having qualified for the tournament via the Play Junior Golf Tour, the three young golfers who will be competing in Quincy are Carlee Meillieur of Lansdowne, Ontario (Girls 8-9 Division), Gavin Prosser, Johnstown, Ontario (Boys 12-13 Division) and Carter O’Brien, Spencerville, Ontario (Boys 8-9 Division)

Tournament Link

Steele Plays In Western Junior

The prestigious Western Junior Championship, first held in 1914, is being played this week at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Michigan. There will be two Canadians the field, 18 year-old Noah Steele, of Kingston, Ontario and Thomas Critch. Critch is listed as being from Ontario but currently resides in Texas, but has family ties in Canada.

Steele was invited to the event based on his high ranking in the American Junior Golf Association from last year.

Tournament play in the 54 hole event begins on Tuesday, June 21 and concludes on Thursday, June 23.

Tournament Link

Bryson Qualifies For Canadian Amateur

Team Ontario member Jake Bryson of Dunrobin, Ontario has earned his way into the playing of the 112th Canadian Men’s Amateur. The tournament will be held in early August at the Eagle Creek and Royal Ottawa Golf Club’s.

As such, the Eagle Creek Golf Club held a qualifier on Saturday for one of the exemptions they receive into the championship.

Bryson, a member at Eagle Creek, earned the entry with a score of two-over par, 74. He narrowly slipped past Nicholas Brisebois, who posted a 75 on the day.

Accompanying the 16-year Bryson on the day as his caddy was former NHL goalie Darren Pang, his uncle, who proudly shared the moment on twitter.