Winona’s Jacob Ohanian found himself with the first-round lead on the recent Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s stop and in a two-way tie for first when the 36-hole event was completed.
But Spencer Buck, 16, of Etobicoke, claimed the top spot in a playoff win against the 15-year-old Ohanian who golfs out of Hamilton’s Glendale Golf and Country Club. The victory for the Weston G&CC player earned him a paid spot into the MJT Boston Pizza National Tour Championship in Whistler, B.C. this August. Ohanian (68-76) and Buck (71-73) were tied at 144 after regulation play in the Boys 14-16 Division at Willow Valley Golf Club in Mount Hope on July 19 and 20. The MJT, which is Canada’s only national junior tour run exclusively by Canadian PGA Professionals and is presented by Boston Pizza, runs 40 high-level junior golf tournaments across the country and is a developmental tour for aspiring young players.
Third spot in the division was also a tie, at 147, between Brent McKenzie, 15, and Brendan Leonard, 16, both of Cambridge and Whistle Bear Golf Club. McKenzie fired 74-73 and Leonard 73-74. Scores of 75-70 gave a three stroke lead and the Boys 17 and up division title to Will Thornburrow, 17, of Toronto and Donalda Golf Club.
Truman Tai, 13, of Markham and Deer Creek Golf Club easily won his first Boys 13 and under division title on the MJT this season after firing 83-71 (154). Matthew Speyer, 13, of Cambridge and Galt Country Club, shot 84-79, and Matt Gerber, 13, of Kitchener and Rebel Creek Golf Club, shot 81-82, to tie for second place in the division with 163 total score.
Kathryn Corbiere, 17, of Manitoulin Island and Brookwood Brae Golf Club, won the Girls division after posting back-to-back scores of 84. Cambridge’s Brittany Manning placed second with scores of 89-96, and Kaitlin Marrin, 16, of Oakville, placed third (102-111).
The final stop on the MJT’s Ontario circuit is the 54-hole Ontario Tour Championship at Grand Niagara Resort in Niagara Falls on Aug. 13, 14 and 15, a qualifier for the CAN/USA team matches at ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Arizona, this December. Registration is open to all juniors and information is available at www.maplejt.com or by calling 1-877-859-4653.
Scores of other and area competitors included:
Boys 13 & Under
Christian Jeffery, 13, Burlington G&CC, fourth (83-81); Sean Carlino, 13, Hamilton, eighth, (89-93); Jordan Williamson, 13, Cambridge (Whistle Bear GC), (117-96).
Christopher Lancaster, 14, Ancaster (Glendale G&CC),.ninth, (75-83); Derek Brenzil, 16, York (Southbrook GC), 10th, (80-80); Brandon Pearce, 15, Cambridge (Whistle Bear GC), 11th, (82-79); Jordan Ryan, 16, Brantford G&CC, tie 14th, (89-74); Cameron Lancaster, 14, Ancaster (Glendale G&CC), tie 14th, (82-81); Robert King, 15, Cambridge (Whistle Bear GC), tie 17th, (85-80); Andy Swaniga, 16, Cambridge (Whistle Bear GC), tie 17th, (79-86); Taylor Prilisaue, 15, Cambridge (Whistle Bear GC), tie 20th, (85-84); Nick Halliday, 16, Caledonia (Chippewa Creek), tie 20th, (83-86); Steven Filipovic, 16, Cambridge (Whistle Bear GC), 22nd, (88-82); Jay Doherty, 14, Cambridge (Galt CC), 23rd, (82-89); Joshua Richard-Monro, 14, Oakville, 23rd, (96-94).
Boys 17 & Up
Nathan Irwin, 17, Ancaster (Heron Point GC), 17th, (89-76).