Zheng and Presutti Dominate at AJGA/CJGA Championship

Victoria Zheng and Jacob Presutti win the 2018 AJGA/CJGA Championships (Photo: AJGA)

(Bath, Ontario) – For the 4th time the Canadian Junior Golf Association co-hosted an American Junior Golf Association in Canada and the result was some spectacular play over 54 holes. The field was made up of players from four countries, six Canadian provinces, and eleven U.S. states.

Victoria Zheng of Markham and Jacob Presutti of Brampton dominated their categories on the way to victory at the Loyalist Golf & Country Club in Bath, Ontario, ending on August 16th. It was the first AJGA victories for each of the young golfers.

Zheng, just 14, was competing in just her 6th ever AJGA event and she made it a memorable one. A bogey-free final round of 65 (7 under) topped her week and brought her to 15-under-par. The 201 total was eleven strokes better than the second place finisher, Leeyan Rose Peralta of California. Canada’s Isabella Portokalis secured third pace.

“I’ve had a rough month and coming to this tournament and shooting 60’s all three days was really amazing,” shared Zheng. “This is going to be a very memorable tournament. I never thought I could win an AJGA tournament, but I have.”

On the boys’ side of the draw it was a similar tale as Jacob Presutti of the Brampton Golf Club turned in a three-day total of 203 (-13) to win by five strokes in his fourth time playing in the AJGA/GJGA Championship. Presutti, who had five previous top ten finishes in AJGA events, set the pace for the week with opening rounds of 65 and 66 and never looked back. He cruised to an even par final day to earn his first AJGA title.

“This win means a lot because I’ve been playing AJGA for four years now and I’ve underachieved a lot, so it’s nice to finally get a win under my belt. Winning it in Canada is pretty special to me.”

Second place went to Californian Kevin Jiang while Mason Harder (Alberta) and Dominic Scalleta (Illinois) shared third.

The top local competitor was Conor Gaudet. The Cataraqui G&CC member posted a 1-over-par 217 for the week to share 18th place. He was coming off a second place finish at the 2018 CJGA Eastern Junior Championship presented by TaylorMade. This was his first time playing an AJGA event.

Girls’ Leaderboard

Pos. Player Total
To Par
Gross
R1 R2 R3 Total
Gross
1 Victoria Zheng

(Canada) Markham, Ontario (2021)
-15 69 65 67 201
2 Leeyen Rose Peralta

Brea, Calif. (2019)
-4 73 73 66 212
3 Isabella Portokalis

(Canada) London, Ontario (2019)
-3 72 72 69 213
4 Angel Lin

(Canada) Surrey, British Columbia (2020)
-2 67 72 75 214
T5 Emily Zhu

(Canada) Mclean, Va. (2022)
-1 70 73 72 215
T5 Yiyang Xu

Shanhgai, China (2021)
-1 71 72 72 215
7 Lauren Kim

(Canada) Surrey, British Columbia (2023)
E 71 75 70 216
T8 Elle Nachmann

Boca Raton, Fla. (2021)
+2 74 72 72 218
T8 Taylor Zeng

Orlando, Fla. (2020)
+2 73 73 72 218
T8 YanJun(Victoria) Liu

(China) Vancouver, British Columbia (2021)
+2 72 75 71 218
11 Catherine Zhang

(Canada) Toronto, Ontario (2020)
+3 75 77 67 219
12 Elizabeth Labbe

(Canada) Levis, Quebec (2020)
+4 77 72 71 220
13 Emily Romancew

(Canada) Pierrefonds, Quebec (2019)
+5 74 72 75 221
T14 Camille Lapierre-Ouellet

(Canada) Granby, Quebec (2019)
+6 72 76 74 222
T14 Madeline Jin

Belle Mead, N.J. (2019)
+6 74 74 74 222
T14 Vanessa Borovilos

(Canada) Toronto, Ontario (2024)
+6 71 73 78 222
17 Ashley Chow

(Canada) North York, Ontario (2020)
+8 72 78 74 224
18 Caroline Garay

La Jolla, Calif. (2019)
+10 74 73 79 226
19 Kirsty Mitchell

(Canada) Ingersoll, Ontario (2022)
+13 75 75 79 229
20 Kayla Burke

(Canada) Port Colborne, Ontario (2019)
+15 80 78 73 231
21 Zhiying Zhou

(China) Niagara Falls, Ontario (2019)
+16 80 78 74 232
22 Anne Walsh

Jamaica Plain, Mass. (2020)
+19 77 81 77 235
23 Jenna Bruggeman

(Canada) Edmonton, Alberta (2021)
+20 77 77 82 236
24 Alexandra Voight-Shelley

State College, Pa. (2020)
+22 77 77 84 238

Boys’ Leaderboard

Pos. Player Total
To Par
Gross
R1 R2 R3 Total
Gross
1 Jacob Presutti

(Canada) Brampton, Ontario (2018)
-13 65 66 72 203
2 Kevin Jiang

San Diego, Calif. (2021)
-8 72 66 70 208
T3 Mason Harder

(Canada) Lethbridge, Alberta (2019)
-5 69 69 73 211
T3 Dominic Scaletta

Inverness, Ill. (2020)
-5 69 71 71 211
T5 Alek Mauro

(Canada) Windsor, Ontario (2020)
-4 69 71 72 212
T5 Brendan Dunphy

(Canada) Whitby, Ontario (2019)
-4 71 73 68 212
T5 Yuqi Liu

Beijing, China (2021)
-4 73 69 70 212
T8 Tony Li

(Canada) Vancouver, British Columbia (2020)
-3 71 69 73 213
T8 Alexandre Mercier

(Canada) Terrebonne, Quebec (2020)
-3 71 73 69 213
10 Andy Luo

(Canada) Burnaby, British Columbia (2020)
-2 71 71 72 214
T11 Allan Kournikova

Palm Beach, Fla. (2023)
-1 68 75 72 215
T11 Eric (Joohyung) Byun

(Canada) Richmond Hill, Ontario (2019)
-1 74 71 70 215
T13 Colin Slater

Austin, Texas (2020)
E 68 74 74 216
T13 Jeffrey Fang

(Canada) Newmarket, Ontario (2020)
E 69 72 75 216
T13 Thomas Stafford

(Canada) Beaconsfield, Quebec (2020)
E 71 74 71 216
T13 Tyler Cunningham

(Canada) Milton, Ontario (2020)
E 70 73 73 216
T13 Alec Nachmann

Boca Raton, Fla. (2020)
E 72 71 73 216
T18 Bavake Sihota

(Canada) Caledon, Ontario (2020)
+1 75 69 73 217
T18 Conor Gaudet

(Canada) Kingston , Ontario (2020)
+1 74 70 73 217
T18 Caden Holmes

(Canada) Napanee, Ontario (2021)
+1 75 67 75 217
T18 Sean-Karl Dobson

Austin, Texas (2022)
+1 72 72 73 217
T22 Ashton McCulloch

(Canada) Kingston, Ontario (2021)
+3 72 72 75 219
T22 Jonathan Vermette

(Canada) Val-D’or, Quebec (2018)
+3 73 75 71 219
T24 Daniel Li

(Canada) Richmond Hill, Ontario (2020)
+4 71 77 72 220
T24 Grant Lau

(Canada) Toronto, Ontario (2019)
+4 76 69 75 220
T24 Logan Hawke

(Canada) Oakville, Ontario (2019)
+4 77 70 73 220
T24 Malcolm Glumpak

(Canada) Burlington, Ontario (2018)
+4 73 73 74 220
T24 Yeetang Kwok

(Canada) Toronto, Ontario (2020)
+4 76 69 75 220
T24 Zachary Ong

(Singapore) Scarsdale, N.Y. (2022)
+4 76 73 71 220
T30 Dylan MacDonald

(Canada) Markham, Ontario (2019)
+5 77 76 68 221
T30 Nathan Hogan

(Canada) Miramichi, New Brunswick (2020)
+5 75 75 71 221
T30 Jeffrey Li

Basking Ridge, N.J. (2020)
+5 76 75 70 221
33 Jack Beauchamp

Westlake, Texas (2022)
+6 74 73 75 222
T34 Daniel George

(Canada) Richmond Hill, Ontario (2019)
+7 75 73 75 223
T34 Jack Hamilton

(Canada) Wayne, Pa. (2020)
+7 76 72 75 223
T34 Michael Wu

(Taiwan) Victoria, British Columbia (2019)
+7 70 77 76 223
T34 Nicholas Lin

(Canada) Toronto, Ontario (2020)
+7 76 74 73 223
T38 Malcolm Simpson

(Canada) Ottawa, Ontario (2018)
+8 73 75 76 224
T38 Nicholas Adair

(Canada) Kingston, Ontario (2020)
+8 75 75 74 224
T38 David Luo

Centreville, Va. (2020)
+8 75 74 75 224
T41 Solomon Coupal

(Canada) Ste-Therese, Quebec (2019)
+9 75 77 73 225
T41 RJ Derhodge

(Canada) Niagara Falls, Ontario (2019)
+9 77 72 76 225
T41 Ty Sullivan

(Canada) Toronto, Ontario (2019)
+9 71 78 76 225
T44 William Forgues

(Canada) Boischatel, Quebec (2021)
+11 77 74 76 227
T44 Logan Boucher

(Canada) Beaconsfield, Quebec (2020)
+11 77 74 76 227
46 Teran Newell

(Canada) Barrington, NS (2018)
+12 81 73 74 228
47 Song Bai

(Canada) Vancouver, British Columbia (2020)
+13 80 71 78 229
T48 Cole Ruelling

(Canada) Edmonton, Alberta (2019)
+14 79 76 75 230
T48 Jaxon Shelton

(Canada) Camlachie, Ontario (2019)
+14 77 78 75 230
T50 Dayton Price

(Canada) Mississauga, Ontario (2020)
+15 75 84 72 231
T50 Luca Carestia

(Canada) Ancaster, Ontario (2019)
+15 79 75 77 231
T50 Marko Banic

(Canada) Calgary, Alberta (2020)
+15 72 80 79 231
T50 Arav Patel

East Brunswick, N.J. (2021)
+15 74 81 76 231
T54 Gabriel Cedeno

(Ottawa-Canada), Venezuela (2020)
+16 77 76 79 232
T54 Trent Zorgdrager

(Canada) Stratford, Ontario (2019)
+16 79 79 74 232
T54 Henry Poston

Los Alamos, N.M. (2020)
+16 78 80 74 232
T54 Jeffrey Lebeau

(Canada) Sherbrooke, Quebec (2019)
+16 77 79 76 232
T58 Nathan Desrochers

(Canada) Saint-Bruno, Quebec (2020)
+17 73 86 74 233
T58 Jimin Jung

Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. (2020)
+17 83 76 74 233
60 Daniel Kirby

(Canada) Woodstock, New Brunswick (2020)
+21 81 81 75 237
61 Ryan Sabo

(Canada) Burlington, Ontario (2018)
+22 82 75 81 238
62 Tanner BigCanoe

(Canada) Lindsay, Ontario (2019)
+24 81 76 83 240
63 Anthony Scaletta

Inverness, Ill. (2019)
+25 79 83 79 241
T64 Michael Weber

(Canada) Burlington, Ontario (2022)
+27 82 82 79 243
T64 Zackary Sherman

Palm Beach, Fla. (2019)
+27 84 78 81 243
66 Cameron Finn

(Canada) Kingston, Ontario (2021)
+28 88 82 74 244
67 Ian Zhu

Northville, Mich. (2020)
+30 80 84 82 246
68 Connor Munro

(Canada) Etobicoke, Ontario (2020)
+32 82 82 84 248
69 Max Dragon

(Canada) East Rochester, N.Y. (2019)
+33 84 85 80 249
70 Jared Messer

(Canada) Maple Ridge, British Columbia (2018)
+34 85 82 83 250
71 Bryson McCulloch

(Canada) Kingston, Ontario (2019)
+37 75 89 89 253