Juvenile Girls’ and Boys’ ChampionshipAugust 23, 2012
Final Round Recap
Janet Zhang and Henry Lee Capture Juvenile Boys’ and Girls’ Championship
at Princeton Golf Club
Henry Lee’s win was wire-to-wire
Princeton, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)– Henry Lee and Janet Zhang capture the British Columbia Juvenile Boys’ and Girls’ Championships at Princeton Golf Club.
Lee, a fourteen year old from Coquitlam and member at Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club, completed a wire-to-wire victory, holding off Vancouver’s Trevor Yu and Dewdney’s Jake Scarrow by three strokes.
Coming into the day, Lee held a four-stroke lead on the field and admitted he wasn’t gunning for any more.
“My game plan for the final round was to keep it steady and shoot even for the day,” stated Lee. “I made a bad shot coming into 17 and wasn’t able to get up-and-down, then made a double on 18. I was nervous I wasn’t going to win but relieved when I did.”
By shooting a three-day 213, -3 total (68-71-74), Lee made the Championship closer than it should have been, slightly opening the door for Scarrow and Yu to sneak into the mix before they finished with bogeys on 18 and made Lee’s first provincial title official. Scarrow (70-73-73) and Yu (72-72-72) would both shoot 216 totals, good enough for even-par on the Championship.
“I didn’t really expect to win coming in. The course was tough because you had to keep it straight and if you miss, you were in trouble,” said Lee. “I am just happy to be called the Juvenile champion.”
For Lee, now the practice begins for his repeat in 2013.
“My year is done after this tournament. I need to practice harder so that I can come out and repeat as champion.”
At fourteen, Lee has the opportunity to play in two more Juvenile Championships until he loses eligibility due to age.
In the Girls’ division, first round leader Janet Zhang, 15 of Richmond, came from behind to top the field and capture her first provincial Championship with a three-day 222, +3 (73-75-74).
Heading into the day, Zhang sat three-strokes behind Annie Lee, 16 of Surrey, before mounting a comeback that saw six birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys for a final round +1, 74 and four shot victory.
When asked of how it feels to be a Juvenile champion, Zhang was humble.
“I didn’t think I even had a chance to win coming into the event so to pull it off feels amazing. “
At 16, Zhang wins the Juvenile Championship in her last year of eligibility, something she is very pleased with.
“To be able to call myself a provincial champion is special. I now feel that going into other tournaments, I can place in the top-5. This is going to give me great confidence for next year.”
Rounding out the top-3 were course-record holder and second round leader Annie Lee of Surrey at +7 (75-70-81-226) and Victoria’s Naomi Ko at +13 (80-74-78-232).
Both champions had great things to say about the Championship and Princeton GC, especially Zhang.
“This course was playing very difficult all week and British Columbia Golf did an amazing job at hosting this tournament. It was a lot of fun.”
For final round scoring results for the Boys’ Championship, please click here.
For final round scoring results for the Girls’ Championship, please click here.
Round Two Recap
Princeton, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)-Annie Lee of Surrey cards a new course record at Princeton Golf Club to take a three-stroke lead in the Juvenile Girls’ while Henry Lee of Coquitlam further separated himself from the field in the Juvenile Boys’.
Annie Lee, 16, came into the day in a tie for third at +2 before carding what turned out to be a new woman’s course record with a three-under-par 70, good enough for a 145 two-day total (75-70). Her round featured a staggering six birdies, offset by three bogeys.
Sitting alone in second place is first round leader Janet Zhang of Richmond. The fifteen year old member of Quilchena G&CC followed up an opening round even par with a second round +2, 75 to sit at a two day 148 total (73-75). Rounding out the top three is fifteen year old Maple Ridge resident Keanna Mason who fired her second-consecutive two over par 75, leaving her five strokes back of Lee at +4 (75-75-150).
In the Boys’ division, Henry Lee, 14 of Coquitlam, continued to set the pace as he followed up his first round four-under-par 68 with a -1 round of 71. The two-round-total of 139, -5 (68-71) now has him four strokes ahead of his nearest competitors.
Three players sit in that tie for second at a one-under par, two round total of 143. These players are fifteen year old Jake Scarrow of Dewdney (70-73), fifteen year old Patrick Tan of Vancouver (72-71) and thirteen year old Roy Kang of North Vancouver (74-69).
Kang’s three-under-par 69 was the round of the day at Princeton Golf Club.
Following round two, a cut in the Boys’ division to the lowest 60 players and ties was made. The cut line sat at 165 (+21) with 63 players making it into final round action tomorrow. The Girls’ division did not have a 36-hole cut.
Taking place concurrently during the first two round was the Zone Team competition with the winners representing Zone 4. The team of Trevor Yu (Vancouver), Kevin Vigna (Coquitlam), Chris Crisologo (Richmond) and Diego San Pedro (Richmond) fired a two-day aggregate team total of +8, 440, good enough for a three-shot victory over Zone 3.
Final round action of both the Juvenile Boys’ and Girls’ is set to take place tomorrow morning. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Entrance is free-of-charge.
For final round tee times and scoring results for the Boys’ Championship, please click here.
For final round tee times and scoring results for the Girls’ Championship, please click here.
Round One Recap
Princeton, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)-Round one action got underway at the British Columbia Juvenile Boys’ and Girls’ Championship hosted by Princeton Golf Club, seeing Coquitlam’s Henry Lee take a two-shot lead in the Boys’ division while Richmond’s Janet Zhang openrf a one shot margin in the Girls’ division.
Lee, 14 and a member at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort and Country Club, fired a flawless four-under-par 68 (-4) which featured four birdies and fourteen pars to open up a two shot lead over Dewdney’s Jake Scarrow. Scarrow, 15, finished his first 18-holes of the 56-hole Championship with a two-under-par 70.
Sitting three-strokes back of Lee’s pace is a pair of players in Coquitlam’s Jun Kang (16) and Kaleb Gorbahn (15) of Smithers who both shot -1, 71′s. Gorbahn could easily have had the best round of the day as he was sitting at five-under-par heading into his final two holes before finishing triple bogey, bogey to slip four strokes but still post an impressive under-par figure.
Defending champion Trevor Yu, 15 of Vancouver, is still within grasp of defending his title as he sits four back in a tie for fifth with three others at even par, 72.
In the Girls’ division, Janet Zhang, 15 of Quilchena G&CC, grasps a one stroke lead after posting an up-and-down round of even-par 73 that included five birdies and five bogeys. Carding a similar round that featured a plethora of different scores, including an eagle on the par-5 ninth was Surrey’s Michelle Kim, 15, who scored a one-over-par 74.
Sitting tied for third only two strokes back of Zhang’s pace are Maple Ridge’s Keanna Mason and Surrey’s Annie Lee. Mason, 15 and Lee, 16, both shot rounds of two-over-par 75, leaving themselves well within striking distance with 36-holes to go in the Championship.
Princeton Golf Club is playing as a par-73 5,643 yard course for the Girls’ Championship compared to a par-72 6,506 yard course for the Boys’ Championship.
Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend the Championship as entry is free-of-charge.
For second round tee times and scoring results for the Boys’ Championship, please click here.
For second round tee times and scoring results for the Girls’ Championship, please click here.
Richmond, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)-British Columbia Golf’s Juvenile Boys’ and Girls’ Championship is heading to Princeton Golf Club in Princeton, B.C. on August 21-23, 2012.
Featuring fairways lined with Ponderosa Pines, Princeton Golf Club will play as a par-73 5,643 yard course for the Girls’ Championship compared to a par-72 6,506 yard course for the Boys’ Championship.
Defending his 2011 Boys’ title against a hungry field of challengers will be Trevor Yu of Vancouver. Yu recently captured the Canadian Juvenile Boys’ Championship in a record setting fashion and would love to add another B.C. title to his résumé.
Challengers to his reign on top will be 2012 CN Future Links Pacific champion Zach Anderson of Nanaimo, 2012 BC Summer Games silver medalist Diego San Pedro of Richmond and third place finisher at the 2012 B.C. Junior Boys’ Championship Chris Crisologo of Richmond.
Other notables are Coquitlam’s Kevin Vigna, Surrey’s Marcus Brown, Roy Kang of North Vancouver, Johoo Lee of Vancouver and 2011 B.C. Bantam Boys’ champion A.J. Ewart of Coquitlam.
In the Girls’ Championship, Alix Kong will not be defending her 2011 title, leaving the way for the likes of Maple Ridge’s Keanna Mason, Surrey’s Michelle Kim, Victoria’s Naomi Ko and Richmond’s Janet Zhang to take the title. Other notables for contention include Coquitlam’s Ally Shin, Vernon’s Mackenzie Barrie and Halfmoon Bay’s Avery Struck.
Both the Boys’ and Girls’ Championships will be 54-hole stroke play competitions. The Boys’ features a cut to the low 60 players and ties following 36 holes. Due to a limited field, no cut will occur after 36 holes for the Girls’. During rounds one and two, the zone and club team competitions will be contested.
First contested in 2005, the Juvenile Girls’ Championship has been captured by a number of Team Canada players including current members Anica Yoo (2010) and Taylor Kim (2009). Other champions include 2011 Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls’ champion Jennifer Yang (2006) and North Carolina State University Wolfpack member Amanda Baker (2007).
The Juvenile Boys’ Championship was first played in 1974 and since then a plethora of champions have emerged victorious including notables such as Jim Rutledge (1976), Gordie Scutt (1995, 1996), Team Canada Development Squad member Kevin Kwon (2009) and 2012 BC Summer Games gold medalist Curtis Chan (2010).
Spectators are welcomes and encouraged to attend the Championship as entry is free-of-charge.
For tee times and scoring results for the Boys’ Championship, please click here.
For tee times and scoring results for the Girls’ Championship, please click here
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