Blair shows flair as weather tests junior golfers

Burlington’s Michael Blair was five strokes off the pace and settled for second place in the 14-16 age group of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s (MJT) Ontario Tour Championship at Ancaster’s Mystic Golf Club on Aug. 4-6.

Blair fired a three-round total of 231 (75-75-81) to tie Truman Tai, 14, of Markham (75-74-82) for runner-up honours. Lucas Kim, 14, of Etobicoke took the Boys 14-16 title with outings of 77-76-73 (226) for his five-stroke victory on the par-72, 6,398 layout.

Rain delays forced many players to complete their rounds the following day, as they battled for division titles as well as a spot to the Future Collegiate World Tour (FCWT) National Championship in Florida, USA, in the 54-hole event.

David Mathers, 17, played consistent golf over 6,398 yards to card solid rounds of 75-74-75 (224), winning the Boys 17 and up division by four strokes and earning the spot to Florida as MJT Ontario Tour Champion with the low overall score. This is Mathers’ sixth year on the MJT and first win this season. Tied for second place at 228 in his division was seven-year MJT veteran, Spencer Buck, 17, of Etobicoke, who shot 76-75-77, and Sterling Emery, 17, of Orangeville (75-76-77).

The Boys 13 and under division was won by Matt LeMay, 12, of Waterloo, after he shot 77-85-81 (243) to beat runner-up Nicholas Crozier by four shots on their par-72, 6,096 layout.. Crozier, 13, of Unionville, posted scores of 76-87-84 (247). Ryan Borg, 13, of Mississauga, placed third in the division with rounds of 83-87-78 (248).

The divisional winners in the Mr. Lube Long Drive Competition were Ryan Borg, Brian Jurkiewicz, 15, of Hamburg, N.Y., and Chris Riediger, 20, of Kitchener. The Sundog Skills competition divisional winners were Crozier and Kevin McDonald, 15, of Delhi.

Results for others from the Hamilton area included: Oakville’s Joshua Richard-Monro, 15, placing 14th in the Boys 14-16 division with scores of 84-90-84 (258); Hamilton’s Sean Carlino, 14, placing 22nd in the same division; and in the 17 and up section, Braam Botha, 17, of Stoney Creek tied for eighth place after rounds of 80-80-78 (238).

The tournament at Mystic marks the end of the multi-day event schedule in Ontario for the MJT but a series of one-day tournaments run this fall. In the interim players will be receiving invitations to the MJT Boston Pizza National Tour Championship at Nicklaus North Golf Club in Whistler, British Columbia, on Aug. 25- 26. For more information please visit or call 1-877-859-4653.