Alex Zhang Takes The Lead into The Final Round at The 2023 Canadian Junior Boys Championship
Zhang leads both the Junior and Juvenile Boys Championships
North Bay, Ont. – Alex Zhang continued his solid play on Wednesday, shooting an even par, 72 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the 2023 Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO at the North Bay Golf and Country Club in North Bay, Ont.
The 14-year-old from Richmond, B.C. sits at 4-under for the tournament and leads both the Junior Championship and Juvenile Championship by one-shot.
“I kind of struggled off the start, I just had lots of pars and wasn’t hitting it too close and wasn’t giving myself many opportunities. I was one over through 13, but I made a few good putts on 14 and 15…two birdies in a row that helped my round a lot,” said the Team Canada NextGen team member.
“I made a good par save on 17 after hitting it in the trees, that kept momentum and 18 I’ve been struggling on it all week and I just hit a bad drive and kind of led to a bogey, but everything was pretty solid today,” he added.
In the Junior Championship, Zhang is a shot ahead of first rounder leader, Aydan Downer of Keswick, Ont. and James Lee of Whistler, B.C. both sitting at 3-under heading into Thursday. Lee is also a shot back in the Juvenile Championship division.
Downer fired a 2-under, 70 on Wednesday, after a challenging second round of 75, “yesterday I was nervous. The first time ever leading an event, first time ever going that low in the first round in a big event like this. The first nine was a little shaky, brought it back the second nine and then waking up this morning I’m like I proved to myself I could do it the first day so it’s just about doing the same things, going through the same steps, breathing, taking your time on shots, and just believing in yourself,” said Downer.
Lee posted back-to-back rounds of 70 following an opening round of 73 to sit tied for second in the Junior Championship and solo second in the Juvenile Championship after round three. A trio of golfers are just behind at 2-under including, Matthew Javier (North York, Ont.), Joshua Ince (Surrey, B.C.) and Isaiah Ellis (Smithville, Ont.). All six players that are under par will tee off in the final two groupings tomorrow. For Thursday’s final round tee times, please click here.
Players 18-and-under are competing for the Canadian Junior Boys Trophy, also known as the Silver Cup. In addition, players 16-and-under are eligible for the Juvenile Boys Championship and the Jack Bailey Trophy. Since its inception, only ten golfers have won both the Juvenile and Junior titles — Jim Rutledge, Jeff Makahon, Rob McMillan, Jesse Collinson, Dustin Risdon, Gord Scutt, Rafael Lee, Mitch Sutton, Charles-Éric Bélanger and Christopher Vandette.
The Junior champion of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship earns an exemption into the 2024 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship as well as the 2024 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
For the full leaderboard of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, presented by BDO, please click here.
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