Bonus reward for junior golfer from St. Kitts


LONDON, ON – St. Catharines’ Brad Burgess took third place and won the Closest-to-the-Pin contest in his age division as the Maple Leaf Junior Golf tour stopped at the Forest City National Golf Club on the weekend (June 28-29).

The 15-year-old Burgess, who plays out of the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, carded a two-day total of 151 (77-74) at the sixth annual MJT-Ontario PGA Junior Championship in the boys 14-16 year old division.

The 36-hole tournament was won by Brantford G&CC member Zachary Kempa, 16, who scored 75-72 (147). That also earned Kempa a spot to the 2009 China Junior Open.

Sean Carlino, 14, playing out of Hamilton’s Glendale G&CC placed 26th in the boys 14-16 division with a two-day total of 177 (87-90).

For the third straight year, Johnny Hall, 19, of Mount Elgin GC, finished in top place for the Junior Boys 17 and Up championship after winning a two-hole playoff over first-round leader Austin Kelly, 17, from Chatham and Maple City GC. Braam Botha, 17, finished in 15th place in the division. The Glendale G&CC player had rounds of 88 and 87 for his 175 total.

The MJT continues its Ontario schedule with a double-qualifier at Willow Valley GC in Mount Hope on July 21-22 where players will vie for spots to the Canada International Friendship Cup in Surrey, BC, and CAN-USA Team Matches in Tempe, Arizona. The series then continues with a 54-hole stop at Mystic GC in Ancaster on Aug. 4-6 and a collection of four one-day tournaments this fall. For more information or to register, please visit www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-4653.