Ohanian grabs third in junior golf tour stop

With aspirations of securing a spot on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Team Canada, to play in either Scotland or Mexico, competition at the MJT tour’s second stop was intense from the outset. And it didn’t let up over the two days at the beautiful Paris Grand Golf Course, which served as a double qualifier for the Scotland Kingdom of Fife Junior Team Matches in St. Andrews, U.K., and the International Junior Golf Invitational (IJGI) in Cuernavaca, Mexico, both scheduled for August.

Newcomer to the MJT, Shyamal Nagindas, 14, of Aurora, ON, improved on his day one score by seven strokes, finishing with a two-day total of 147 (77-70) to take the division title for boys 14-16 and the low overall score for the field. Brent McKenzie, 16, of Cambridge, placed second in the boys 14-16 division and claimed the second overall low score with a two-day total of 73-75=148, qualifying for a spot in the IJGI in Mexico.

Jacob Ohanian, 16, of Winona, who previously qualified through the MJT for the East Aurora International Junior Masters this June, finished third in the division with a two day total of 78-74=152.

The boys 17 and up division went to Chris Hall, 18, of Mississauga, who came out extremely strong on day one finishing six strokes ahead of the pack with a 71. Day two proved to be a tighter race with Hall shooting a 78 to hold onto the top spot with a 149 total score.

Andrew Smith, 17, of Kitchener, played consistent golf to shoot 77-76=153 and secure second place in the division. There was a tie for third place at 155 total score between Brendan Leonard, 17, of Cambridge (79-76) and David Mathers, 17, of Kitchener (76-79).

Paulino Fernando, 12, of Mississauga, shot 84-90=174 to win the Boys 13 and under division. Second place went to Mac Dirstein, 13, of Kitchener (88-98=186) while third place went to Greg Fiorenzini, 13, of Cambridge (110-100=210).

Divisional winners in the Mr. Lube Long Drive Competition were Kabir Nanar, 13, of Brampton, Brad Burgess, 15, of St. Catherines, and Sterling Emery, 17, of Orangeville. The Sundog Skills Competition divisional winners were Greg Fiorenzini, Tyler Stone, 14, of Peterborough, and Chris Hall.

The MJT continues its Ontario schedule June 14-15 in Alton at Osprey Valley Golf Course – a double qualifier for the Texas Junior Masters in San Antonio, TX, and the CKG Tour World Championship in Myrtle Beach, SC. For more information or to register, visit www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-4653.

Results for Hamilton and area competitors

Boys 14-16
Jacob Ohanian, 16, (3), Winona, Glendale G&CC, (78 – 74- 152).
Brad Burgess, 15, (7), St. Catherines, St. Catherines G&CC, (81 – 80-161).
Sean Carlino, 14, (17), Hamilton, Glendale G&CC, (88 – 83 -171).
Joshua Richard-Monro, 15, (29), Oakville, (97 – 89 – 186).

Boys 17 & Up
Nick Halliday, 17, (7), Caledonia, Chippewa Creek, (78 – 84 – 162)