Team Ontario member Grace Chung of Richmond Hill came from behind to capture the Investors Group Junior Spring Classic Girls’ championship title at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Stouffville.
Chung, 17, carded the low round of the 54-hole competition on Monday (May 21) with an even-par 72, pulling ahead of first and second round leader Samatha Spencer of Georgetown. The victory is Chung’s first Golf Association of Ontario provincial championship title, and comes at a tournament that she hadn’t qualified for in the past.
Burlington’s Lorelle Weavers, who plays out of Hamilton’s Glendale Golf and Country Club, finished fifth. She carded rounds of 79-78-78 for a 235 total, nine over par. Kennedy Bodfield of St. Catharines and the Rockway Glen Golf Club came in ninth after rounds of 84-79-76 for a 239 total, 23 over par.
“It’s a confidence boost times a million,” said an elated Chung. “I knew Samantha was a good player so even if I didn’t win, I just wanted to play well and post a good score to boost my confidence for the rest of the season. Having won it my first time out just feels great.”
The Station Creek Golf Club member closed out the tournament with a total score of 224 (78-74-72, +8), earning a two stroke victory over the field. Chung credited her solid putting over the weekend as the defining factor in her win.
Runner-up honours went to Spencer, 15, who led the tournament through the first two rounds. The Club at North Halton member struggled on her way back into the clubhouse with a triple bogey on 16, but finished in style with a birdie on the final hole of the tournament to finish at 226 ( 76-73-77, +10). Spencer will compete alongside Chung again this coming weekend at the CN Future Links Ontario championship at Loyalist Country Club.
Two Team Ontario members finished tied for third place; Meghan McDougall of Markham (78-78-76) and Sophie Kitchen of Collingwood (80-73-79) who both earned identical scores of 232, 16-over par.
Barrie’s Corrine Grans-Wood delivered a tournament highlight on Monday with an ace on the 162-yard third hole. The 17-year-old finished in 15th position overall.
The Investors Group Junior Spring Classic Girls’ Championship is a 54 hole stroke play competition contested annually over the Victoria Day long weekend. The field of competitors gained entry to the competition through a qualifying process earlier in the season.