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Currie Takes Over Lead At Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship

Chloe Currie is looking to repeat at Ontario Junior Girls' Golf Championship (Photo: Golf Ontario)
Chloe Currie is looking to repeat at Ontario Junior Girls' Golf Championship (Photo: Golf Ontario)
Chloe Currie is looking to repeat at Ontario Junior Girls’ Golf Championship (Photo: Golf Ontario)

Chloe Currie will attempt to become a part of history on Thursday.

The 16-year-old will look to join the likes of Marlene Stewart Streit, Sandra Post, and likely Olympians Alena Sharp and Brooke Henderson, by winning back-to-back titles at the Investors Group Ontario Junior Girls’ Championship.

Henderson, the recent winner of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the Cambia Portland Classic, was the last to pull off the feat. She did so in 2011 and 2012.

Defending champion Currie took over top spot with a big move on Wednesday at the Loyalist Country Club in Bath, Ontario.

Currie, from Mississauga and the Mississaugua Golf & Country Club, began the day at one-under. The 16-year-old got out to a good start thanks to birdies on the third and fifth holes. She gave one back with a bogey on the seventh, but was one-under at the turn. The Team Canada Development Squad member found herself even for the day after a bogey on 11, but managed to get back on track with birdies on 12 and 17 to finish the round at two-under (70). Currie is now three-under (70-73-70-213) for the championship and will take a three-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.

That lead will be over London’s Ellie Szeryk. The reigning Junior Spring Classic champion had another solid day during the third round. After shooting the low round during day two, a three-under (69), Szeryk carded a one-under (71) during the third round and now sits at even for the tournament (76-69-71-216).

Sitting in third place is the leader from the first two rounds, London’s Isabella Portokalis. Portokalis, a Team Ontario and West Haven Golf & Country Club member, entered the day at two-under and with a one-shot lead. However, she had trouble early on and was five-over at the turn. She did settle down on the back nine and knocked down a pair of birdies, but finished the day four-over (76) and is now two-over (68-74-76-218) for the event.

In fourth place is another Team Ontario member, Hornby’s Alexandra Naumovski. Naumovski, from Brampton Golf Club, finished the day four-over (76) and is now four-over for the tournament (72-72-76-220).

Rounding out the top five is Kingston’s Diana McDonald. McDonald, from the host Loyalist Country Club, ended the day at three-over (75) and is at five-over (74-72-75-221) for the championship.

Tomorrow’s final round gets underway at 7:00 a.m. from Loyalist Country Club, with a split tee start. The final group is schedule to tee off the first hole at 7:54 a.m. Spectators are invited to come and watch the action.

3rd Round Leaderboard

1 Chloe Currie  Mississaugua -2 F -3 70 73 70 213
2 Ellie Szeryk  Public Player -1 F E 76 69 71 216
3 Isabella Portokalis  West Haven G & CC +4 F +2 68 74 76 218
4 Alexandra Naumovski  Brampton GC +4 F +4 72 72 76 220
5 Diana McDonald  Loyalist CC +3 F +5 74 72 75 221
6 Danielle Sawyer  Dalewood GC -1 F +8 80 73 71 224
7 Madeline Marck-Sherk  Bridgewater Country Club E F +9 79 74 72 225
8 Haley Yerxa  Meadows GC -1 F +10 74 81 71 226
9 Emily Ward  Public Player +7 F +12 74 75 79 228
10 Melany Chong  Public Player +4 F +14 78 76 76 230
11 Cynthia Zhao  Station Creek GC +10 F +15 70 79 82 231
12 Victoria Zheng  Station Creek GC +6 F +16 74 80 78 232
T13 Kate Johnston  Brantford G&CC E F +20 78 86 72 236
T13 Kristen Giles  Cutten Fields +7 F +20 79 78 79 236
T13 Hailey McLaughlin  Cedar Brae G & CC +7 F +20 77 80 79 236
16 Alyssa DiMarcantonio  Station Creek GC +7 F +21 77 81 79 237
17 Shehna Akbary  National Pines Golf Club +4 F +22 79 83 76 238
18 Abbie Anghelescu  Cataraqui Golf & Country +4 F +23 82 81 76 239
19 Sukriti Harjai  St. Catharines Golf & Cou +10 F +25 76 83 82 241
T20 Brooke MacKinnon  Maple City Country Club +9 F +26 84 77 81 242
T20 Sydney Naro  Public Player +8 F +26 81 81 80 242
22 Manuela Rincon Torres  Whistle Bear Golf Club +3 F +27 83 85 75 243
23 Dylann Armstrong  Public Player +10 F +28 82 80 82 244
T24 Kiley Rodrigues  Cataraqui Golf & Country +9 F +31 84 82 81 247
T24 Ellice Hong  National Pines Golf Club +13 F +31 82 80 85 247
T26 Lauren Bevan  Whitevale GC +10 F +35 83 86 82 251
T26 Anna Foley  Weston G&CC +9 F +35 88 82 81 251
28 Sarah Cushing  Brockville CC +17 F +36 84 79 89 252
T29 Claire Hwang  King’s Riding GC +12 F +41 86 87 84 257
T29 Jue Wen  Cedar Brae G & CC +15 F +41 89 81 87 257
T31 Melissa Gabriele  Brampton GC +14 F +46 95 81 86 262
T31 Ciara Costabile  Brantford G&CC +14 F +46 84 92 86 262
33 Kayla Burke  Public Player +12 F +49 95 86 84 265
34 Alexis McMurray  Glen Abbey GC +15 F +51 90 90 87 267
35 Julia Malone  Affiliate Member +18 F +52 86 92 90 268
36 Lexie McKay  Public Player +12 F +53 94 91 84 269
T37 Hansika Tathgur  Rattlesnake Point GC +18 F +56 94 88 90 272
T37 Taylor Simoneau  St. Catharines Golf & Cou +21 F +56 87 92 93 272
39 Vanessa Chychrun  Beacon Hall GC +18 F +59 92 93 90 275
40 Katie McTaggart  Cutten Fields +25 F +63 90 92 97 279
41 Natasha Stasiuk  Hidden Lake GC +24 F +65 95 90 96 281