BARRIE – Lightning may have caused a brief pause in the opening round of the CN Future Links Ontario Championship series on June 2, but Hamilton’s Elliot Whitley was carrying his own thunderstick.
The 13-year-old bantam boys golfer scored a hole-in-one on the Horseshoe Resort’s Highland course. Whitley aced the 13th hole, using a seven iron on the 158-yard test.
That ace allowed Whitley to grab second place with a 76 he fashioned on the par-73, 5,963 layout, four shots back of leader Jordan Oudyk of Oshawa.
The CN Future Links act as stepping stones along the RCGA’s 2006 Pathway to Champions, with junior boys competing for a berth in the Canadian Junior Boys Championship (Aug. 6-10 at Sussex Golf and Curling Club in Sussex, N.B.) while the top three finishers in the junior girls division will gain an exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Tour.
The program is Canada’s national junior golf campaign conducted by the RCGA, the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association and Canada’s provincial golf associations. It is meant to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in the country. Since its inception in 1996, more than 418,000 young Canadians have taken part in Future Links.
Additionally the CN Future Links Championships provide Canada’s best junior golfers a chance to hone their competitive skills in multiple day championships in two age divisions: Junior (boys and girls aged 14-18 years) and Bantam (boys and girls aged 11-13 years). Almost 3,000 top juniors have competed in these premier championships since their inception in 2000. For more information about CN Future Links, please visit www.future-links.org.
Scores for other Junior golfers from the Hamilton area included:
Junior boys – T6, Michael McKenzie, Cambridge, 71; T17, Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, 76; Brad Larente, Cambridge, 76; Ryan Putnam, Georgetown, 76; T26, T26, Brian Churchill-Smith, Oakville, 77;T53, Brent McKenzie, Cambridge, 83; 65, Mitchell Molen, Fort Erie, 88.
Junior girls – 2, Nicole Vandermade, Brantford, 77; T5, Laura Hildebrandt, Ancaster, 85.