MONCTON – The best season to date in Atlantic Canada on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour came to a successful conclusion this past weekend at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Moncton.
Young golfers including Tignish’s Tyson Gavin competed for titles in six divisions in the MJT-PGA Atlantic Canada Junior Championship / Golf NB Player of the Year Series on Aug. 23 and 24, and two juniors shot five-under-par to close out the tournament in style.
The field comprised players on the MJT Mini Tour for ages 12 and under, as well as players up the age of 19 on the regular tour, and in the latter competition both Gavin, 17, and Alexandre Belanger, 16, tied for low overall and won their respective divisions after firing outstanding five-under-par 67s on moving day to close with identical scores of 77, 67 (144).
Gavin came from behind and beat out 2013 MJT National Champion Danek Hadley, 17, of Bathurst, NB (73, 73=146) for the MJT-PGA Atlantic Canada Junior Boys 17-19 Champion’s trophy.
“Danek and I were tied after nine holes today – I birdied 10 and he bogeyed,” said Gavin, who cited birdying the first two out of three holes on day two as his highlight that got him going.
“It feels really good (to win) after being eight shots back going into Sunday and I just believed in myself that I could still do it.”
Belanger, of St-Jacques, NB, took the MJT-PGA Atlantic Canada Juvenile Boys 15-16 Champion’s trophy by six shots over Calvin Ross, 16, of Fredericton, NB (77, 73=150).
The MJT-PGA Atlantic Canada Bantam Boys 14 and under Champion was Graham Gourley, 14, of Fredericton.
Playing in the last junior event of her career, Rachel Cormier, 18, of Rothesay, N.B., made it count and won the title of MJT-PGA Atlantic Canada Junior Girls Champion with solid scores of 76, 75 (151).
Winners in the Mr. Lube Long Drive Competition were Rachel Cormier, Billy Smith, Dylan Chase of Brigg’s Corner, N.B., and Gavin.
Sundog Eyewear Closest-to-the-Pin Competition winners were Annick Duguay of Bathurst, Alex Wynter of Moncton, Calvin Ross and Morgan Barnes of Salisbury, N.B. Golf Town Comeback Awards for best second day improvement in score went to Duguay (9), Nash Smith of Moncton (19), David Patterson of Bedford, NS (14) and Gavin (10). Tournament highlights and a photo gallery can be seen online at http://www.maplejt.com/tour.php?id=2014051 .