HOYDALO, SCRABA EARN MEDALLIST HONOURS AT FUTURE LINKS, DRIVEN BY ACURA PRAIRIE CHAMPIONSHIP
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Wesley Hoydalo and Sydney Scraba shot 2 under and 13 over, respectively, to emerge victorious at the Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie Championship at Portage Golf Club on Sunday.
The junior boys, who failed to score in the red after two tough rounds, brought their A-game to the final day.
With three sets of consecutive birdies across his final 18 holes, Wesley Hoydalo, who started the day sharing the lead with Saskatoon’s Bradley Moser, fought hard to emerge victorious in the junior boys division. The Selkirk, Man., talent was the only player to finish under par at the tournament at 2-under-par 208.
“I started off great at 4 under through seven. I missed a few putts early but I got to 14 and went birdie-birdie and birdied 17, which was probably a highlight,” said Hoydalo. “Last year, I just missed it by a shot, so it feels really great to win.”
Next up for the 18-year-old is the Elmhurst Invitational, where he will compete for an exemption into the Canadian Amateur Championship.
Calgary’s Jakob Chicoyne put on a spectacular show, fighting hard during the final day to tie with Hoydalo for a tournament low (66) and earn a piece of second alongside Bradley Moser of Saskatoon, Sask., at 1-over-par 211.
Gerry Mei of North York, Ont., Sylvain Ruest of Winnipeg, Man., and Jacob Armstrong of Winnipeg, Man., all shot 10-over-par 220 to tie for fourth and earn exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 30-Aug. 2 at Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club in Medicine Hat, Alta.
The course proved to be challenging for the junior girls during the final round of the tournament but Sydney Scraba managed to hold on to her lead, carding a 7 over to secure a four-stroke victory in the junior girls division at 13-over-par 229.
The 17-year-old started the tournament tied for fourth but moved up the leaderboard on Saturday after being the only junior golfer at the tournament to score under par after two rounds.
“I finished the way I wanted to on Father’s Day with my dad, so it’s a really good moment for him and I to spend together,” said the Calgary, Alta., native. “I’m so grateful that I got to play really well and see how good I can become when I go to college in August. I’m quite excited for what’s going to come to me.”
Michelle Liu of Vancouver, B.C., ended the tournament in second at 17-over-par 233 while Bobbi Uhl claimed third at 19-over-par 235.
Rounding out the top-six earning exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship on July 31-Aug. 3 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, B.C. are Vanessa Zhang (Vancouver, B.C.), Jillian Friyia (London, Ont.) and Sandee Park (West Vancouver, B.C.).
NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos from the final round can be found here. Credit: (Trevor Hagan/Golf Canada)
RESULTS – JUNIOR BOYS DIVISION
1. Wesley Hoydalo, Selkirk, MB, *70-72-66-208 -2
2. Jakob Chicoyne, Calgary, AB, *72-73-66-211 +1
2. Bradley Moser, Saskatoon, SK, *71-71-69-211 +1
4. Gerry Mei, North York, ON, *72-75-73-220 +10
4. Sylvain Ruest, Winnipeg, MB, *72-75-73-220 +10
4. Jacob Armstrong, Winnipeg, MB, *74-72-74-220 +10
7. Brady Bandura, Selkirk, MB, *73-71-77-221 +11
8. Steven Duchscher, Saskatoon, SK, *72-74-76-222 +12
9. Andrew C Campbell, Saskatoon, SK, *74-73-76-223 +13
10. Nathan Kraynyk, Buffalo Point, MB, *73-82-72-227 +17
10. Jordon McDonald, Winnipeg, MB, *77-75-75-227 +17
12. Josh Nagy, Saskatoon, SK, *78-77-73-228 +18
13. Adam Ingram, West St Paul, MB, *79-74-77-230 +20
14. Brent Ingram, West St Paul, MB, *77-77-77-231 +21
14. Carson Rody, Calgary, AB, *75-79-77-231 +21
14. Cole Obrigewitsch, Deer Valley, SK, *77-71-83-231 +21
17. Clark Bolton, Portage la Prairie, MB, *79-78-75-232 +22
18. Matthew Peesker, Toronto, ON, *80-75-78-233 +23
18. Richard Dou, Calgary, AB, *76-77-80-233 +23
18. Nolan Pierce, Whitby, ON, *76-72-85-233 +23
21. Braden O’Grady, Edmonton, AB, *76-78-80-234 +24
22. Jace Carlisle, Estevan, SK, *77-77-81-235 +25
23. Cole Nagy, Saskatoon, SK, *78-80-79-237 +27
23. Domenic De Luca, Woodbridge, ON, *75-83-79-237 +27
25. Ben Hirasawa, Toronto, ON, *79-77-84-240 +30
26. Jacob Kydd, Regina, SK, *80-84-78-242 +32
27. Alex Gerrard, Red Deer County, AB, *83-82-80-245 +35
28. Eric Reid, Virden, MB, *79-81-88-248 +38
29. Thomas Scott, Dauphin, MB, *90-86-87-263 +53
30. Ajay Ranganathan, Calgary, AB, *89-94-87-270 +60
31. Carson Inman, Portage la Prairie, MB, *90-94-93-277 +67
32. Jacob Bell, Headingely, MB, *109-120-107-336 +126
DID NOT FINISH
WD. Owen Gillespie, Portage la Prairie, MB, *78-77-0-155 +15
RESULTS – JUNIOR GIRLS DIVISION
1. Sydney Scraba, Calgary, AB, *79-71-79-229 +13
2. Michelle Liu, Vancouver, BC, *78-73-82-233 +17
3. Bobbi Uhl, Erickson, MB, *77-78-80-235 +19
4. Vanessa Zhang, Vancouver, BC, *79-80-77-236 +20
5. Jillian A Friyia, London, ON, *76-79-82-237 +21
6. Sandee Park, West Vancouver, BC, *85-77-81-243 +27
7. Kaitlyn Wingnean, Edmonton, AB, *84-82-78-244 +28
8. Sarah Phipps, Victoria, BC, *79-86-84-249 +33
9. Alexa Wingnean, Edmonton, AB, *91-81-85-257 +41
10. Malaina Sidhu, Burnaby, BC, *93-89-82-264 +48
Full results can be found here
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FUTURE LINKS, driven by Acura
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