-Team Includes Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa-
Moka, Miraval – CJGA Team Canada increased their overall lead during the second round of the Stephen Ames Cup at St. Andrews Golf Club in Moka, Miraval, Trinidad on Thursday. The Canadian squad, looking to avenge its loss last season in Calgary, and regain home field advantage had another strong showing with another three points out of a possible five today. The Canadian side increased their lead to three points following the second round foursome matches, bringing the overall score to 6 ½ to 3 ½ points.
“The event has been a great success so far and it is nice to see the two countries have bonded so well over the course of the week”, said Ames, PGA Tour Professional and tournament host. “The tides have turned and the Canadians are on the verge of winning on foreign soil just as the Trinidians did last year” he added.
The Boys 15 & Under got the day started with foursome matches, with Sun Kim of I’Ile Perrot, Quebec and Matt Williams of Calgary, Alberta representing CJGA Team Canada taking on Team Trinidad & Tobago of Robert Boocock and Matthew Marquez. The Canadian team got off to a quick start today in the difficult format with the Canadian side winning the first hole. A back and forth match had the Canadians hold their 1 up lead heading to the 17th hole. With strong team work, the Canadian side had enough to take the match 2 & 1 and add the first point of the day to the overall Canadian lead.
The Girls 18 & Under was the second match of the day with Canadians Soobin Kim of Coquitlam, British Columbia and Jamie Oleksiew of Surrey, British Columbia taking on the Trinidad & Tobago side of Monifa Sealy and Brittany Marquez. The Canadian girls once again jumped off to a quick start taking a 3 up lead after 5 holes. The Trinis fought back winning both the 6th and 7th holes, to get within 1. Although they continue to fight, it was not enough as the Trinidad & Tobago side saw themselves four down heading to the 15th tee. The Canadian side, needing just a halve to take the match, did so on the 15th hole to prevail 4 & 3, gaining the Canadian side’s second point of the day.
The Boys 18 & Under was the third match of the day with Brad Burgess of St. Catharines, Ontario and Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ontario took on Jessel Mohammed and Andrei Collins representing the Trinidad & Tobago side. The Trinidad & Tobago team started strong taking both the first and second holes, but the Canadian side fought back winning the next two holes to square the match. At the turn, Trinidad and Tobago regained the lead go 1 UP heading to the 10th tee. With a few hiccups from the Canadian side, saw themselves 2 down through 13 holes. The Canadian side knowing they needed to make a push, won holes 14 & 15. Sitting on the 16th holes the match was all square, the Canadian side finding the hazard twice on the 16th hole to once again fall behind. Team Trinidad knowing they were falling behind in the other matches, kept pressing to also win the 17th hole; taking the first match of the day for the Trinidad & Tobago side winning 2 & 1.
The Girls 21 & Under was once again a great battle between both sides with Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa, Ontario and Porsche Campbell of Vancouver, British Columbia representing Team Canada taking on Martine De Gannes and Kelsey Lou Hing. With the Canadian side struggling early, in which they fell 2 down through the first 3 holes. After consistent golf from both sides, the match remained Trinidad & Tobago leading 2 up heading into the back nine. The Trinis continued to push extending their lead to 3 up on the 16th tee, with the match dormie, the Canadian side need once again to pull a incredible come back to claim a halve to the match. The Canadian side started strong with pars on both the 16th and 17th holes in the difficult format was enough to sit just 1 down with just the 18th holes to play. As the rain continued to pour, and no roll on the drives, both Klekner-Alt and Lou Hing hammered their drives down the middle of the fairway. Campbell away, in the soaking fairway hit a clutch 4 iron to 20 feet, while De Gannes followed it with a shot on the same line to 35 feet. Needing just a two putt to put the pressure on the Canadian side, that they did, forcing Klekner-Alt to drain her putt to halve the match. With a good attempt watching the putt sail past, the match was over with Trinidad & Tobago evening the match totals for the day wining the match 1 up.
In the final Match of the day was the Boys 21 & Under with Team Canada playing Captain Michael Ayotte of Oshawa, Ontario and Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alberta taking on Talin Rajendranath and Raeshard Long. The Canadian side started where the left off yesterday, playing some impressive golf taking a 2 up lead after the fifth hole. They continued the domination onto the back nine claiming an over whelming 6 UP lead after just ten holes of golf. With the Trinis waking up late in the back nine, it was too late as they fell victim to the Canadians 4 & 3. “We played great today as a unit, I look forward to taking this momentum into tomorrow” said Ayotte “We are in a great position heading into the single matches, I hope to be taking the cup home again for Canada”
Play resumed today with singles matches getting under way at 8:00AM. Ten more points will be up for grabs today with the Trinidad & Tobago side needing ten points to retain the Cup, while the Canadian side looks to win for its first time on foreign soil needing 10 and a half points to do so.