Junior Maple Leaf golfer drives to St. Andrews


PETERSBURG, Ont. – Mike McKenzie is taking on Scotland. But he won’t be alone. The 18-year-old Cambridge native and Galt Country Club junior earned a spot on Team Canada to compete in the Scotland Kingdom of Fife Team matches at St. Andrews.

McKenzie, competing in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, shot a two-round total of 146 (72-74) at the Rebel Creek Golf Club. His score was the lowest overall to take the Boys 17 and up division and to grab one of two international spots up for grabs.

Josh Bamberger of Waterloo, won the Boys 14-16 division and a spot for the East Aurora International Junior Master Tournament in New York, June 26-30.

McKenzie competes in Scotland on Aug. 22-24.

The Rebel Creek event was the season opener for the Maple Leaf Tour. It is the only major junior tour in Canada run by golf pros. The program is designed to develop junior golfers in Canada through clinics, tournaments and international competitions.

The tour resumes it Ontario schedule on June 10-11 at Foxwood Golf Club in Baden. That will be a qualifier the fifth International Junior Gold Invitational in Cuernavaca, Mexico, which was won by Maple Leaf Team Canada last year.

Results for area golfers

Boys 13 and under Par 71, Yardage 6,040

3) Brad Burgess, 13, Caistor Centre, Southbrook, (87-82) 169; 6) Christian Jeffery, 12, Burlington, Burlington G&CC, (84-89) 173; 7) Dylan Smallwood, 12, Cambridge, Galt G&CC, (93-89) 182; 9) Matthew Speyer, 12, Cambridge, Galt CC, (97-97) 194; 10) Matthew Chiasson, 12, Cambridge, Puslinch Lake GC, (95-106) 201.

Boys 14-16 – Par 72, Yardage 6,060

2) Ryan Terdik, 16, Mt. Pleasant, Brantford G&CC, (75-78) 153; 3T) Jacob Ohanian, 14, Winona, Glendale G&CC, (81-76) 157; 6) Brendan Leonard, 14, Cambridge, Galt GCC, (82-78) 160; 8) Brent McKenzie 14, Cambridge, Galt CC, (86-76) 162; 10) Brandon Pearce, 14, Cambridge, G&CC, 14, (79-85) 164; 12) Connor O’Brien, 16 Burlington, Burlington GCC, (82-83) 165; 13) Keeton Wilcock, 15, Brantford, Brantford G&CC, (85-82) 167; 15) Mike Rizzetto, 15, Brantford, Paris GC, (85-84) 169; Nathan Irwin, 16, Ancaster, Heron Point GC, (81-88) 169.

Boys 17 & Up – Par 72, Yardage 6,460

1) Mike McKenzie, 18, Cambridge, Galt CC, (72-74) 146; 4) Scott Graf, 17, Cambridge, Galt G&CC, (78-76) 154; 8) Justin Wareham, 18, Cambridge, Galt CC, (80-81) 161; 10) Kyle Priest, 18, Cambridge, Galt G&CC, (86-85) 171; 11) Marko Zupet, 18, Burlington, Hidden Lakes, (87-89) 176.

Girls – Par 72, Yardage 5,157
2) Brittany Manning, 13, Cambridge, Galt CC, (105-100) 205.