Blair battles to tie for second in junior golf tour event

A brief rain delay failed to dampen the mood at Mount Hope’s Willow Valley Golf Club as the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s (MJT) Ontario Series continued with a double qualifier on July 21-22. Up for grabs were spots into the Canada International Friendship Cup (CIFC) in British Columbia and the CAN-USA Team Matches in Arizona.

The Boys 13 and under division proved exceptionally exciting with Ryan Borg, 13, of Mississauga and Matt LeMay, 12, of Waterloo, going head-to-head both days, each carding 78-71 (149) to force a playoff. Borg prevailed, winning the division title as well as the Sundog skills competition. Second-place LeMay took the top spot for the division’s Mr. Lube Long Drive competition as well as the spot for 11-12 year olds in the CIFC Matches.

Shyamal Nagindas, 14, of Aurora, finished day one in the top position for the Boys 14-16 category shooting 70, two strokes ahead of the entire field. Round two proved to be a more challenging day as he temporarily lost the lead to Javier Diaz, 15, of Woodbridge, ON, but managed to regain the top spot after shooting 75 for a two-day total of 145.

Diaz (72-76) and Michael Blair, 16, of Burlington (74-74), kept the gallery on the edge of their seats finishing in a tie for second place in the division at 148. Another tie for fourth place at 154 was between Gregory Cooke, 15, of Cambridge (74-80) and Blake Thompson, 15, of North Listowel (73-81).

The Boy’s 17 and up category was won by Chad Currie, 17, of Owen Sound. He fired 72-73 (145) and receives the exemption for boys 16-18 to the matches in Arizona for boys 16-18. Theo Agathos, 19, of London overcame a shaky start to shoot 77-71 (148) and scoop second place in the division, while Brantford’s Jordan Ryan, 17, came in third with scores of 74-76 (150). Andrew Smith, 17, of Kitchener, shot 74-79 (153) and ended up tied for fourth spot with Mike Rizzetto, 17, of Brantford (73-80). Nick Halliday, 17 of Caledonia, won the division’s Mr. Lube Long Drive competition and the Sundog Skills competition winner was Luca Salvador, 17, of Brampton.

The MJT Ontario Series continues with the MJT Ontario Tour Championship at Mystic Golf Club in Ancaster on August 4- 6. This will be a 54-hole qualifier for the FCWT National Championship in Florida next year. For more information or to register, visit or call 1-877-859-GOLF.

Results for local golfers were:

Boys 14-16
Par 72, Yardage 6,522

Sean Carlino, 14, (8), Hamilton, Glendale G&CC, 74 – 83
Christian Jeffery,14,(9), Burlington, Burlington G&CC, 82 – 77
Dylan Smallwood, 15,(T10) Cambridge, Whistle Bear GC, 84 – 76
Matthew Chiasson, 14, (T13), Cambridge, Whistle Bear GC, 84 – 77
Dylan Hamara, 15, (15), Cambridge, Whistle Bear GC, 89 – 76
Taylor Burgess, 16, (16), Campbellville, Rattlesnake G&CC, 85 – 82
Joshua Richard-Monro, 15 (T19), Oakville, 94 – 86
Traviss Wiechers, 16, (T19), Cambridge, Whistle Bear GC, 89 – 91

Boys 17 and up
Par 72, Yardage 6,522

Eric Edelman, 18, (6), Paris, Paris Grand G&CC, 77 – 77
Dan Morris, 17, (T8), Cambridge, Galt CC, 82 – 79
Nick Halliday, 17, (T9) Caledonia, Chippewa Creek, 81 – 85
Wesley Hawthornthwaite, 17, (12), Cambridge, Whistle Bear/Rockway , 87 – 89
Braam Botha, 17, (13), Stoney Creek, Glendale G&CC, 93 – 84