Via The CJGA – The Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) hosted a Nike Golf Junior Series/Stephen Ames Cup Qualifier over the weekend at the par-72 Eagle Creek Golf Club in Kanata, Ont. Juniors converged on this Eastern Ontario course to play for the opportunity to qualify for two major national events coming up later this summer – the Nike Golf Junior Championship and Stephen Ames Cup. On both days of competition, juniors were greeted by sunny skies, although there was also some wind.
Sunday turned out to be an exciting round of competition in the Boys 14 & Under group as Nicholas Brisebois of Kanata, Ont. and Dallas Clancy from Ottawa battled it out to the very final hole for first place. Brisebois went into the second round one stroke ahead, and he ended up taking the title after Clancy scored a bogey on the eighteenth hole to miss forcing playoffs. Brisebois shot 82 (+10) on both days of competition and had a total of three birdies. “I didn’t get my best score but I was happy with my putting,” Brisebois explained. “I’m excited about the win because this was my first one at a Junior Tour event.” Etienne Brault of Mercier, Que. took third place with a two-day score of 169, followed by Riley Teale from Nepean, Ont.
The second round of competition was also a nail-biter in the Boys 15-19 division as five players went into Sunday tied for first place with a score of 84, including the top two players. Mike Crapper from Chelsea, Que. ended up winning after shooting a sizzling 2-over for the second round. Crapper remarked, “I’m disappointed with my first day, but it was nice to rebound on Sunday to take the win.” Liam Murray from Barry’s Bay, Ont. took second place with a score of 81 on Sunday. Murray had the opportunity to go into playoffs with Crapper, but difficulty on the final three holes pushed him away from the leader. In third place, David Berthiaume of Blainville, Que. was able to vault up the leaderboard with an impressive second round score of 77 after starting the day five strokes behind the leaders.
Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa wowed the field with an incredible two-day score of +7 to take the victory in the Girls division. She had a total of eight birdies for the tournament, including a spectacular streak of five in a row from holes 7 to 11 on the second day. She also had low score of the tournament with even-par on the second day. “I’m so happy about my performance because it was my first tournament since breaking my jaw,” Klekner-Alt explained. Grace Howie from Ottawa placed second after shooting 81 on both days.
The next event of the Quebec/Eastern Ontario schedule is taking place June 25-26 at Club de Golf St-Raphael in Ile Bizardi, Que. It will be part of the PUMA Challenge Series and is a qualifier for the US Kids Teen World Championship.
Lexus Skills Competition
Boys 14 & Under: Maneil Joshi
Boys 15-19: Mike Crapper
Girls: Natacha Brossard
Closest to the Pin
Boys 14 & Under: Riley Teale
Boys 15-19: Ryan McDonah