Yeji Kwon wins both Canadian Junior and Juvenile Girls Golf Championships at The Marshes Golf Club
She is a player of few words but Yeji Kwon’s game spoke volumes this week at the 2022 Canadian Junior Girls Championship, presented by BDO.
In fact, Kwon’s skills loomed over the field as she handily won both the coveted Junior and Juvenile (16 and under) title at The Marshes Golf Club in the west end of the National Capital.
Just 16, the Port Coquitlam, British Columbia golfer carried a four stroke lead into the final round after scores of 75, 67, 65 (-9) and she did nothing but add to that, tacking on a two-under-par score of 70, to eclipse her nearest rival, Lucy Lin, by nine strokes.
Both Lin and another B.C. golfer, Erin Lee, applied pressure early in the last round, but were not able to close the gap as Kwon steadily paced her way through the Robert Trent Jones II design.
“I didn’t really try to think about it (her score) but I just tried to stay as calm as possible and focus on my own game,” Kwon shared with Flagstick.com moments after hoisting the biggest prize of her golf life so far, the Brokenshire Trophy. “I think that really helped me this week.”
Kwon, who won the 2020 Alberta Women’s Amateur and is a member of the National Junior Amateur Team, finally seemed in awe of what she had accomplished once she set her eyes in the trophy and spotted the names of players like Brooke Henderson, the 12-time LPGA Tour winner, that she is now in the company of.
“It feels amazing to be part of Team Canada and represent our country, and to win this now, it’s really amazing.”
With the hardware comes an exemption into the 2023 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Ashburn Golf Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as an entry into the 2023 U.S. Junior Girls Championship.
“I didn’t qualify for the U.S. Junior Girls this year so I am really looking forward to that,” said Kwon of the exemptions.
Kwon will also be awarded a cheque of $1,200. To align with the modernized Rules of Amateur Status, players at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, competed for a purse of $8,000 CAD. Along with Kwon, top-10 finishers and ties earned a piece of the prize money.
12-year-old Lucy Lin earned the runner-up honours in both the Junior Girls and Juvenile Girls divisions. The Vancouver, B.C. native, who is only getting started on the national stage, finished the tournament at two-under par for a total score of 286.
Erin Lee of Langley, B.C., completed the all-British Columbia podium sweep with a third-place finish. Lee, who was under par in each of the first three rounds, started hot with three birdies in her first four holes, but struggled to establish any pressure thereafter. She closed out her tournament with a four-over par 76.
In the Juvenile Girls divisions, the bronze medal was shared by three participants: Amy Seung Hyun Lee, Alissa Xu and Anna Huang. Xu’s medalist honours are her second in as many weeks. The Richmond Hill, Ont., native finished as the runner-up at last week’s Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Westmount Golf & Country Club.
Team Ontario – made up of Swetha Sathish, Sarah Gallagher, and Kelly Zhao – took home the Interprovincial Team Trophy. The Ontarians edged the British Columbians by five strokes in the team event, which concluded earlier in the week.
The 2023 Canadian Junior Girls Championship will be played at the Hampton Golf Club in Hampton, N.B.. Dates are to be announced in the coming months.
Click here for full results of the 2022 Canadian Junior Girls Championship