Hildebrandt, Vandermade chase leaders at CN Future Links Pacific Championship

Ancaster’s Laura Hildebrandt, Brantford’s Nicole Vandermade, and their Paris neighbour Jennifer Kirby are getting their start to the CN Future Links tour at the Pacific Championship.

Hildebrandt is in 15th place after a two-round total of 165 (82-83), playing in the Junior Girls Division (14 to 18), at the Royal Colwood Golf Club in Victoria, B.C.

Vandermade is 14 strokes off the pace, and in 13th place, with 162 (81-81) heading into Sunday’s (April 1) final outing.

Kirby is sitting in fifth place with a 153 (79-74) and five strokes back of the co-leaders.

National Junior teammates Ashley Smith of Calgary and Kim of Langley, B.C. share the lead with 148.

In the junior boys division, Eugene Wong of North Vancouver had another one-under 69, for a two-day leading total of 138. The 16-year old Wong extended his lead to four strokes going into the final round on the 6,676 yard par-70 Royal Colwood course.

There are no Hamilton-area boys competing in this event.

CN Future Links is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by the Royal Canadian Golf Association 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 523,000 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). Over 3,000 top juniors have competed in these premier championships since their inception in 2000.