Ottawa’s Kiersten Klekner-Alt Wins CJGA National Championship

-Klekner-Alt, MacDonald, and Kalkanis Victorious at Grey Silo-

Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa wins the CJGA Mizuno National Championship (Photo: Gannon University)

(Via CJGA) Waterloo, Ont. (August 11, 2011) Tensions were high this morning at the Grey Silo Golf Club as the final round of the CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship was underway and as predicted, it was an exciting day. Competition was tight in all divisions with the largest lead at 5 strokes in the Boys 15-19 division.  Juniors were greeted with pleasant conditions for the first time since round 1 opening the door for some solid play and movement on the leader board.

In the Girls division Kiersten Klekner-Alt of Ottawa, Ont. and Begum Yilmaz of Istanbul Turkey were tied for the lead going in to the final round.  In the end it was Klekner-Alt finishing at the top of leader board after Rachel Pollock of Guelph, Ont. missed a crucial 6 foot putt on hole 18 to force a playoff for the Girls title. “I had my first three putt of the day on 18 which opened the door for Rachel so I was a little nervous when she was standing over that putt; but it all worked out in the end and I have to give Rachel credit, she played really well today” admitted Klekner-Alt.  When asked about her experience over the week Klekner-Alt had this to say, “This was a really fun week, the competition was great as we had a very strong field of girls”.  With this win Klekner-Alt becomes the first girl to win both the CJGA Mizuno National Golf Championship and the CJGA Canadian Junior Match Play in the same year, her final score was 312 (+28).  Pollock finished one behind Klekner-Alt at 313 (+29) and rounding out the top three was Rachel Shi of Vancouver, BC shooting a four day total of 316 (+32).

In the Boys 14 and Under division to no surprise the witty Jonathan MacDonald of Mississauga, Ont. was able to complete his dominating wire to wire win shooting a final round 76 (+5) making his tournament total 296 (+12).  “I am very happy about the win, this was a great way to close out my 14 and Under career, I think I would attribute my good play today to my lucky red pants” explained MacDonald jokingly.  “Last year I was in contention but didn’t play the best when it really counted so it was good to get back to that point this season and finally capitalize like I knew I could”.  Logan Yanick of Courtenay, BC was able to apply some pressure to MacDonald shooting a division low 72 (+1) today but fell one stroke short finishing the tournament at 297 (+13).  Behind Yanick with a four day total of 300 (+16) was Isaac Chen of Richmond, BC and one stroke back of him was Kyle Gorospe of Mississauga, Ont. at 301 (+17).

Colton Kalkanis of Hillsdale, Ont. was able to continue his steady play in order to be crowned Boys 15-19 champion shooting a final round score of 74 (+3) making his four day total 292 (+8).  “This win feels great, I’m all smiles right now” said an ecstatic Kalkanis.  “This made up for my play at the CJGA Match Play event, this is going to give me a lot of confidence moving forward”.  Finishing behind Kalkanis with a tournament total of 296 (+12) was 2010 champion Cole Kent coming up a little short in his comeback run.  Behind Kent was a tie for third between Chatham, Ont. native Kyle Wicks and Grey Silo exemption David French of Camlachie, Ont.

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