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BARRIE – Elliott Whitley of Hamilton claimed the bantam boys crown with a one-stroke victory at the CN Future Links stop at Horseshoe Resort’s Highlands golf course. Whitley finished the three-round affair with a 225 total after coming home with a two-over-par 75 on Sunday (June).

He beat Jordan Oudyk of Oshawa.

Champions were also declared in three other divisions. The bantam girls winner was 13-year old Vivian Tsui of Markham, Ont. She shot a 13-over-par final-round 86 for a tournament-total 244.

In the junior girls division, Laura Hildebrandt of Ancaster tied for second with Melissa Mabanta of Langley, B.C. They had 240, 12 shots back of winner Rebecca Lee-Bentham.

Bentham, Hildebrandt, and Mabanta earned exemptions, via the Royal Canadian Golf Association’s pathway to champions, to compete on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour. That tour, Canada’s top female development Tour, continues July 16-18 at Ottawa Hunt and Country Club in Ottawa.

The junior boys winner was 17-year-old Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., which is the home of a golfer named Mike Weir.
Hill had rounds of 70-71-69 for a tourney total of 210, which was six-under par and five shots better than second place finisher Eugene Wong of North Vancouver.

Hill, the 2005 Canadian juvenile champion will now prepare to join Wong, Mitchell Fox of Okatoks, Alta. and Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. in representing Canada June 20-23 at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in Japan.

The following are final-round scores for Hamilton and area golfers:

Junior Boys, par 72, 6624 yards

Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, (76-70-74 – 220), tied for fifth; Michael McKenzie, Cambridge, (71-77-74 -222), tied for ninth; Brian Churchill-Smith, Oakville, (77-76-74–227) and Brad Larente, Cambridge, (76-74-77-227), tied for 19th); Ryan Putnam, Georgetown, (76-84-79–239), and Adam Wilson, Port Colborne ( 84-74-81–239) tied for 45th; Traynor Turkiewicz, Brantford, (80-88-82 – 250 ), 59th; Brent McKenzie, Cambridge, (83-89-84–256),65th.

CN Future Links is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by the RCGA, the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association and Canada’s provincial golf associations. The program is designed to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. Since its inception in 1996, more than 418,000 young Canadians have taken part in Future Links.