Wong and Kirby Recognized As Top Amateurs

EUGENE WONG AND JENNIFER KIRBY NAMED CANADA’S TOP AMATEUR GOLFERS FOR 2010

– Albin Choi and Rebecca Lee-Bentham Earn Canada’s Top Junior Golfer Honours –

Eugene Wong (Photo: Golf Canada)
Eugene Wong (Photo: Golf Canada)

Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Eugene Wong of North Vancouver, B.C. and Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont. have been recognized as Canada’s top male and female amateur golfers as Golf Canada announced the final standings of the 2010 National Order of Merit, presented by Under Armour.

In the men’s national ranking, Wong improves on his 9th place finish from 2009 to take home top spot this year. In 2010, the 20-year old finished runner-up at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, tied for fourth in individual play at the World Amateur, placed eighth at the Pacific Coast Amateur, tied for 12th at the Sahalee Players Championship and advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur. He also competed at the 2010 RBC Canadian Open at St. George’s Golf and Country Club where he missed the cut by four shots.

As a member of the University of Oregon Ducks, Wong was the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award winner, an honour given to the Division I Collegiate Player of the Year as voted by golf coaches throughout the United States. He was also named to the PING All-America First Team, the All-Nicklaus Team and All-Pac-10 First Team as well as earning Pac-10 co-Golfer of the Year honours.

Rounding out the top-five on the men’s Order of Merit are Mitchell Evanecz of Red Deer, Alta., Albin Choi of Toronto, Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. and Cam Burke of New Hamburg, Ont.

On the women’s side, Jennifer Kirby, a 2010 Team Canada member and sophomore at the University of Alabama, was a semifinalist at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, a quarterfinalist at the British Ladies Amateur Championship and finished ninth individually at the Copa de las Americas.

Jennifer Kirby (Photo: Golf Canada)
Jennifer Kirby (Photo: Golf Canada)

The 19-year old finished 7th at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship and successfully defended her title at the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship. She also competed at the 2010 CN Canadian Women’s Open at St. Charles Country Club and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.

Rounding out the top-five in the women’s national rankings are Sara-Maude Juneau of Fossambault, Que., Christine Wong of Richmond, B.C., Jessica Wallace of Langley, B.C. and Nicole Vandermade of Brantford, Ont.

Albin Choi of Toronto and Rebecca Lee-Bentham of Richmond Hill, Ont. finished atop the CN Future Links Junior Boy’s and Girl’s Order of Merit to be named Canada’s top junior golfers for the 2010 season.

In 2010, 18-year old Choi claimed titles at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship, the Investors Group Junior Spring Classic and the CN Future Links Quebec Championship.

Choi also recorded runner-up finishes at the CN Future Links Ontario Championship and the Ontario Junior Boys Championship, as well as a 6th place finish at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship. The 18-year old also finished tied for 9th at the Ontario Men’s Amateur Championship and advanced to the Round of 64 at the U.S. Men’s Amateur Championship.

Choi, a member of Team Canada’s Development Squad in 2010, was also on the Canadian contingent that finished third at the World Junior Golf Team Championships. In the fall of 2010, he joined the North Carolina State Wolfpack men’s golf team.

Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., Richard Jung of Toronto, Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont. and Raoul Ménard of Ange-Gardien, Que. round out the top-five on the junior boys order of merit.

Lee-Bentham’s biggest victory of 2010 came at the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship. She also won the CN Future Links Ontario Championship with other highlights from the past season including a semifinalist finish at the British Ladies Amateur Championship, advancing to the Round of 64 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship and a seventh place finish at the Ontario Women’s Amateur Championship.

She played in two LPGA Tour events, the U.S. Women’s Open Championship and the CN Canadian Women’s Open.

Lee-Bentham, 18, was a member of Team Canada’s Development Squad in 2010. She is also in her freshman year at the University of Texas.

Rounding out the top-five on the 2010 CN Future Links Girls National Orders of Merit are Jisoo Keel of Coquitlam, B.C., Jennifer Yang of Coquitlam, B.C., Christine Wong of Richmond, B.C. and Michelle Lee of Mississauga, Ont.

The following are the Top-10 on the Men’s and Women’s 2010 National Orders of Merit presented by Under Armour:

Men’s – Top 10

1.    Eugene Wong (North Vancouver, B.C.)           1290

2.    Mitch Evanecz (Red Deer, Alta.)                    936.5

3.    Albin Choi (Toronto, Ont.)                            777.5

4.    Nick Taylor (Abbotsford, B.C.)                      717.5

5.    Cam Burke (New Hamburg, Ont.)                  605

6.    Mackenzie Hughes (Dundas, Ont.)                 590

7.    Cory Renfrew (Victoria, B.C.)                       585

8.    Darren Wallace (Langley, B.C.)                     516

9.    Corey Conners (Listowel, Ont.)                     500

10. Adam Svensson (Surrey, B.C.)                     500

Women’s – Top 10

1.    Jennifer Kirby (Paris, Ont)                            1784

2.    Sara Maude Juneau (Fossambault, Que.)        1465

3.    Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.)                   1069.25

4.    Jessica Wallace (Langley, B.C.)                     890.5

5.    Nicole Vandermade (Brantford, Ont.)             839

6.    Stephanie Sherlock (Barrie, Ont.)                  813

7.    Rebecca Lee-Bentham (Toronto, Ont.)            789

8.    Sue Kim (Langley, B.C.)                              547

9.    Delaney Howson (Newmarket, Ont.)              542.625

10. Anne Catherine Tanguay (Quebec, Que.)         514

The National Men’s and Women’s Order of Merit presented by Under Armour recognize season-long achievements and were established to identify Canada’s top amateur golfers. For full standings and points breakdown, please click here.

The following are the Top-10 on the CN Future Links Boys and Girls 2010 National Orders of Merit:

Boys – Top 10

1.    Albin Choi (Toronto, Ont.)                            5185

2.    Adam Svensson (Surrey, B.C.)                     4685

3.    Richard Jung (Toronto, Ont.)                        4190

4.    Corey Conners (Listowel, Ont.)                     3845

5.    Raoul Ménard (Ange-Gardien, Que.)               2910

6.    Eric Banks (Truro, N.S.)                              2840

7.    Brandon Ng (Toronto, Ont.)                          2540

8.    Alexis Gemme Piacente (Montreal, Que.)        2525

9.    Aaron Cockerill (Stony Mountain, Man.) 2410

10. Wilson Bateman (Spruce Grove, Alta.)            2400

Girls – Top 10

1.    Rebecca Lee-Bentham (Richmond Hill, Ont.)    1654

2.    Jisoo Keel (Coquitlam, B.C.)                         1253.5

3.    Jennifer Yang (Coquitlam, B.C.)                    1221.5

4.    Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.)                   1153

5.    Michelle Lee (Mississauga, Ont.)                    1099.5

6.    Taylor Kim (Surrey, B.C.)                            1097

7.    Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ont.)             1083.5

8.    Vivian Tsui (Markham, Ont.)                         995

9.    Delaney Howson (Newmarket, Ont.)              978

10. SooBin Kim (Port Coquitlam, B.C.)                 876.5

The CN Future Links Junior Boy’s and Girl’s Order of Merit recognizes season-long achievements, and were established to identify Canada’s top junior golfers. For full standings and points breakdown, please click here.

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