England wins Canadian International Junior Golf Challenge

England CJGA

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Sept. 14th, 2014 – Douro-Dummer, Ontario (VIGolf.ca)  – England Golf captured the team title today at the Canadian International Junior Challenge at Wildfire Golf Club. Cold, windy conditions challenged the field of international juniors in today’s final round however that was not enough to slow the English boys as they cruised to a sixteen stroke victory.

George Gardner led the English team in the final round firing a 1-under par (71) round in the tough playing conditions. He also catapulted up the leader board to capture medalist honours by a single stroke over Sahith Theegala (San Diego Junior Golf Association). Gardner birdie six of the last eight holes on the golf course to finish the competition at three under-par (213). The team from England shot a three day team total 653 (+5).

“I did not start off well but I decided to just go for it on the back nine” said an elated Gardner. “It is the best event I have played in this year and the golf course was spectacular. It was an awesome week.”

“It was a fantastic week and I could not be happier for the boys and the way they handled themselves and the way they played” said Bryan Ross, England Golf team manager. “They played beautifully and to have George capture medalist honors, it could not have been better.

After winning the event five consecutive years before the Canadians took the title last year, the English team regained form to take home their sixth title in the events eight year history. Jack Singh-Brar closed out the tournament with a 75 (+3) while Jamie Dick and Oliver Clarke shot a pair of 79’s (+7) for the champions.

Team USA (San Diego Junior Golf Association) finished runner-up in their first appearance at the event. Lead by Sahith Theegala, the team from San Diego was not able to stay up with the English team. Theegala closed the tournament with a round of 74 (+2) and finished one stroke behind Gardner in the individual competition with a one under-par total (214). Tyler Moore shot a final round 78 (+6) while Sage Casaga shot a final round 89 and Noah Henderson shot a final round 85. The team finished with a score of 669 (+21).

CJGA Team Canada had the best team final round score with a team total of five over-par (220) for the day.  Vancouver native Trevor Yu led the Canadian squad with a final round 71 (-1) after closing out birdie-birdie-eagle. Keaton Gudz (Victoria, BC) was the top Canadian after shooting a final round 73 (+1), finishing fifth in individual play. Josh Montgomery (Ancaster, ON) shot 76 (+4) while Patrick Murphy (Crossfield, AB) shot a second round 79 (+7). The team finished in a tie for third place with a score of 671 (+23).

The team from Chile finished in a tie with the Canadians after a final round 228 (+12) team total, 671 (+23) for the tournament. Mexico held on to fifth spot with a team 689 (+41), followed by Colombia at 718. Costa Rica finished in seventh spot with a team score of 724 followed by Team USA (IJGT) with a team total of 763.