For the last five years, since it was started, Golf Québec has hosted their Junior Spring Open in New York State. For the last three years it has been played at the Olde Kinderhook Golf Club near Albany.
The first leg of the Provincial Junior Tour has attracted an increasing number of Ontario junior golfers through the years. This year, the addition of a new Ontario-Quebec Challenge has taken that participation level to a new standard.
Both the Boys and Girls’ Team competitions were won by the Ontario teams this year, as were the individual titles.
Kelvin Lim of Thornhill, Ontario, a member at Station Creek Golf Club, took the Boys Overall honours with scores of 70 and 75 for a +1 total. The other top positions went to two Quebec golfers – Félix Normand of Beloeil finished second while third went to Marc-Antoine Hotte of Le Mirage.
Monet Chun of Richmond Hill, Ontario had quite a startling weekend, score-wise. Although the Summit Golf Club member earned the individual Girls title with a final score of 145 (+1), it came in an unusual way. Her second round 79 did not hurt her as much as it could because of an opening round 66.
Easily a record score for 2016, Tournament Director Éric Couture was not quite sure where the round ranked all-time, if in fact it was the lowest. “Not only was her first round of 66 the lowest score of the event,” explained Couture, “but I don’t even remember when a girl registered such a low score. We would have to browse our archives and look back to those years when Maude-Aimée LeBanc was still a junior, if not more.”