Junior golfers wrap up Maple Leaf tour

Howling winds resulted in an overall low score of 79 at the final stop on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s (MJT) Ontario Fall Series at Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge on Saturday (Oct. 25).

Claimed in the Boys 14-16 division by Sameer Kalia, 14, of Campbellville, this low score won him his first title in just two starts on the MJT. “Finishing with the low overall score was my highlight,” he said. “It feels great to win an MJT event in my second appearance.”

Three players tied for second place just one stroke back of Kalia in this division: Dylan Hamara, 15, of Cambridge, Cody Bergamin, 16, of Toronto, and Dylan Smallwood, 16, of Cambridge.

Chris Riediger, 20, of Kitchener, and Sterling Emery, 17, of Orangeville, both shot 80 to tie for the lead in the Boys 17 and up division. Riediger was awarded first based on retrogression. Third spot in the division went to Chad Currie, 18, of Owen Sound, who carded 83.

The Girls division was won in fine style by newcomer Samantha Spencer, 12, of Georgetown, who shot 88. “It feels great to play well in such wind and win a tournament on the MJT in my first event,” she said. “This is a great tour that puts fun first.”

Second place went to Brittany Davidson, 17, of Mississauga, who carded 94, while Kirsten Degutis, 15, of Waterloo, placed third among the girls with a score of 101.

Matt LeMay, 13, of Waterloo, maintained his perfect record of late and repeated as winner of the Boys 13 and under division after firing 81. Tied for second place behind LeMay with a score of 87 were Mark Wodz, 10, of Scarborough, and Joseph Kremer, 13, of North York.

The divisional winners in the Mr. Lube Long Drive competition were Mark Wodz, Dylan Smallwood, Sterling Emery and Samantha Spencer, while the Sundog Skills competition winners were Joseph Kremer, Dylan Hamara, Taylor Prilisauer, 17, of Cambridge, and Brittany Davidson.

Results for Hamilton and area golfers included:

Dunnville’s Tom Spencer, who tied for eighth in the Boys 14-16 Division. Playing out of the Port Colborne Golf and Country Club, the 16-year-old shot an 83.

Fonthill’s Steven Baltjes, 15, was 12th. The St. Catherines G&CC member carded an 84.

Placing 13th was Dundas’s Cameron Garon, 16. The Dundas Valley GC member posted an 85.

In 16th was Sean Carlino, 14, of Hamilton’s Glendale G&CC, with an 87. Oakville’s Joshua Richard-Monro was 22nd.

In the Boys 17 & Up group, Stoney Creek’s Braam Botha, 17, (Glendale) finished eighth with a 93.

The MJT season starts up again in Spring 2009, and an early-bird registration will be available later this year. The full schedule of over 40 tournaments across Canada will be available in February 2009. For more information please visit http://www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-GOLF.

The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) is presented nationally by Boston Pizza and is Canada’s premier and only junior golf tour run exclusively by Golf Professionals. The MJT is proud to play a role in developing young players, including several Canadian National Champions and many Future Links and Provincial Champions. The MJT also provides opportunities for young Canadians to learn how to golf and introduces players as young as four years old to the game via free instructional clinics. In addition, the MJT encourages young players to further their education with scholarship awards.