Melancthon, ON – It was a spectacular day for the final round of the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship at Shelburne Golf and Country Club. With the weather on everyone’s side today, the players looked to finish their final round on a high note and take advantage of the sun and the calm winds. Both the Ontario Juvenile (U17) and Junior (U19) Girls’ Champions were recognized at today’s award ceremony.
Heading home with very full hands, the 2020 Ontario Juvenile and Junior Girls’ Champion is Team Ontario member Katie Cranston (Oakville GC). Cranston carded a two-over 74 on the final day, to finish a stellar week of golf at 6-under par 282, for an impressive 4 stroke victory. While reflecting on the title and today’s round, Cranston said “I can’t complain, it was pretty good but I had a rough start. I started with three bogeys and then I birdied four, so after that I started to believe in myself more and thought that this is possible”. When asked how it feels to win not only her first title, but two titles at once, Cranston replied ecstatically “it feels amazing! I have two more years to compete in Junior, so I’m really looking forward to the 2021 season”.
A strong group of Juvenile (U17) players dominated the (U19) leaderboard this week, as Nicole Gal (Oakville GC) takes home the silver with a final round 70 to finish the week a 2-under (286), and Jillian A Friyia (Highland CC) and Rozlyn Rooke (Blue Springs GC) shared the bronze in a three-way tie (289) with Junior (U19) player, Raesa Sheikh (TPC at Osprey Valley).
Devoted owner, designer, and builder of Shelburne Golf and Country Club, Sam Young, said “it was a pleasure to host this event and I think it was truly important to have it. Thank you Golf Ontario for giving me a call, as I was happy to step up to the plate and get things going here. I am very impressed with these athletes as they played great golf this week. I have a bunch of ten year old girls to teach tonight, so I’ll be a little more inspired”. In an interview following the awards ceremony, Young expressed his appreciation for the junior golfers, saying “it’s so different from when I got into the business many years ago, as more girls’ are athletes now. They all conducted themselves so well, that it was almost like you were watching a mini LGPA tour. They really handle themselves well and can they ever hit it, like really hit it!” The Ontario and Professional Golf Association of Canada Hall of Famer, Sam Young, has coached the likes of Brittany Marchand and Augusta James.
Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, staff, and volunteers for their support of the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship. To Shelburne Golf and Country Club, Owner Sam Young and Superintendent Brooks Young, and all their hard-working staff, thank you for being gracious hosts on such a well conditioned course. A big thank you to the volunteers, as you are extremely valuable and we appreciate the time you take out of your week to assist. Lastly, a huge thank you to our sponsors and partners, Adidas, Taylor Made, BioSteel, Modern Golf, Dormie Workshop, Durham Artificial Grass, Humber College, Barcelo Bavaro Grand Resort, Baka Mobile, and Play Golf Myrtle Beach. We are grateful for your continued support.
For full results and information on the championship, visit the official championship page here.
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About The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship
First contested in 1927, the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls’ Championship features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers age 18 and under. The event consists of 72 holes of stroke play competition.
The championship has a rich history of young Ontarians who have gone on to have successful golf careers, such as World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Stewart Streit (1951, 1952). Other notable winners include, Sandra Post (1965, 1966), Sue Hilton (1962), Alena Sharp (1997, 1998), Jessica Shepley (2001), Jennifer Kirby (2008, 2009), and Brooke Henderson (2011, 2012).
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