Currie’s even second round moves her to top of Spring Classic leaderboard; Callens takes boys’ outright lead
Golf Ontario – UXBRIDGE/WATERLOO — The Golf Ontario junior season is officially underway with the Investors Group Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Spring Classics from Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge and Grey Silo Golf Course in Waterloo. After interesting opening rounds on both the boys’ and girls’ sides, round two helped to shed more light on who could emerge as 2016 champions.
Investors Group Junior Boys’ Spring Classic
The first round at Wooden Sticks saw five players all with a share of the lead at one-under. One of the co-leaders, Peyton Callens, a Team Ontario member from Langton and Delhi Golf & Country Club, follow up his one-under (71) with a stellar three-under (69) to move to four-under for the tournament and into the outright lead. Callens also holds the lead in the juvenile division.
Two shots back, in second place, at two-under is Oakville’s John Burghardt, from Blue Springs Golf Club. Burghardt had the low round of the day, a five-under (67), which catapulted him up the leaderboard after finishing round one at three-over (75).
Three players share third place all at even for the tournament. Team Canada Development Squad member Jack Simpson, from Aurora and Beacon Hall Golf Club, who held a share of the lead after round one, shot a one-over (73) during the second round to fall to the tie for third.
Also in the group is another player who was tied atop the round-one leaderboard Thornhill’s Kelvin Lim. The Station Creek Golf Club member also finished the round one-over (73).
Another big mover during the day was Team Ontario’s Jason Chung. Chung, from Thornhill and the Thornhill Golf & Country Club, fired a four-under (68) to go along with his four-over (76) from the first day to now sit at even.
After the second round the field of 60 players was cut to the lowest 40 scores, including ties. The cut was set at 15-over and 42 players advanced to the final round.
The final round begins tomorrow at noon with the final group of Callens, Burghardt and Simpson hitting the course at 2:10 p.m. For full tournament information, including the leaderboard and final round pairings, see the tournament site at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao16/event/gao162/index.htm
Investors Group Junior Girls’ Spring Classic
After the first round, London’s Isabella Portokalis held the lead among the 39-player girls’ field at Grey Silo at four-under. However, the Team Ontario and West Haven Golf & Country Club member was not as dominant during the second round, firing a five-over (76), which opened the door for the rest of the field.
Chloe Currie, from Port Credit and the Mississaugua Golf & Country Club, would be the player to capitalize on the opening. Currie, a Team Canada Developmental Squad member, began the day at three-under and was the only player to finish the second round even (71) to stay at three-under for the tournament. She finds herself alone in first with a five-shot lead.
Three players, including opening-round leader Portokalis, all have a share of second place at one-over for the tournament. Also in that group is Team Ontario’s Monet Chun. Chun, from Richmond Hill and The Summit Golf & Country Club, began the day one-under and shot a two-over (73) to sit in the tie for second.
Completing the group is London’s Ellie Szeryk. Szeryk opened round two at two-under and carded a three-over (74) to earn her share of the three-way tie.
Rounding out the top five is Kingston’s Diana McDonald. McDonald, from the Landings Golf Club shot a three-over (74) to bring her tournament total to four-over.
The final round begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow, with the final group of Currie, Chun and Szeryk set to tee off at 3 p.m. Full information, including pairings and the leaderboard can be found on the tournament site at: https://gao.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/gao16/event/gao1618/index.htm
About the Investors Group Spring Classic
The Investors Group Junior Spring Classic is a 54-hole stroke-play competition contested annually over the Victoria Day long weekend that features many of Ontario’s best male and female junior golfers. The field of competitors gained entry to the competition through a qualifying process earlier in the season.
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