Hall wins S’side club junior title

Jason Simmonds
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Murphy top female golfer

LINKLETTER – Owen Hall likes the challenge of golf, and there was certainly a high degree of difficulty for participants in the Summerside Golf and Country Club’s annual junior championships.

Elizabeth Noonan presents the Future Star boys club champion plaque in memory of her husband Richard Noonan to Owen Hall. Hall was recently the overall winner of the Summerside Golf and Country Club’s junior championship. Also taking part in the presentation is club general manager Dallas Desjardins.

The one-day event was held in very windy conditions on Friday, but Hall carded an 84 score through 18 holes to win the overall club championship by one stroke over last year’s winner, MacKenzie Clow.

“It was difficult,” said Hall in describing the conditions. “You have to flight the ball lower.”

Hall, who is from Summerside, is the 15-year-old son of Sandra Zarvie and Mike Hall. His father introduced him to the sport eight years ago.

“I like the challenge of always getting better,” said Hall, who won his first club championship. “It feels good.”

Hall, who will enter Grade 10 at Three Oaks Senior High School this week, credited his iron play in the club championship as a key to his success.

“It helped me hit more greens,” he said.

An active member of the Amalgamated Dairies Limited P.E.I. development team, Hall generally golfs 18 holes “five or six times” a week, and says the biggest improvement he’s seen with his game over the years is his short game – chipping, putting and around the greens.

Female champion

Lexi Murphy of Kensington won the club’s junior female championship after shooting a 55 through the nine-hole event. She finished one stroke ahead of Reese MacDonald.

“She is new this year and is a really good athlete,” said Summerside Golf and Country Club general manager Dallas Desjardins in referring to Murphy. “She is hitting the golf ball really well.”

Murphy was unable to attend the awards presentations due to another commitment.

Championship plaques

The championship plaques for the top junior male and female golfers are presented in memory of Richard Noonan, who was a longtime member at the Summerside course and a strong supporter of its junior program.

“I like the challenge of always getting better. It feels good.” Owen Hall

Noonan’s widow Elizabeth Noonan was on hand to make the presentation to Hall.

Over 100 competitors

Desjardins was delighted with the junior club championships, which attracted 103 competitors.

“It was a very good day,” said Desjardins. “That much wind makes it extremely challenging for them.

“Overall, it was great to see that great of a turnout.”

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Results

Summerside Golf Club junior championships:

Girls

Four Holes

Jayden Gallant 28

Madison Dyer 31

Lauren Johnston 31

Marleigh-Jayne Smallwood 31

Nine Holes

Lexi Murphy 55

Reese MacDonald 56

Sofia Campos 61

Emma Dyer 61

Mya Chisholm 67

Boys

Four Holes

Drew Drummond 18

Josh Pridham 22

Carson Griffin 22

Ted Laureijs 22

Nine Holes

Reece Cameron 42

Sheldon Blanchard 42

Connor Gallant 42

Rankin Noye 43

Ethan Gallant 43

18 Holes

13-Under

Sam McNeill 85

Colby MacArthur 86

Brandon Ramsay 88

Landon Clow 97

Steven Smallwood 97

14-Over

Owen Hall 84

MacKenzie Clow 85

Malone MacArthur 86

Brodie MacArthur 88

Matt Thompson 90

Organizations: Summerside Golf and Country Club, Twitter.com/JpsportsJasonResultsSummerside Golf Club

Geographic location: Summerside, Kensington

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