MCMILLAN COMES FROM BEHIND, BAEK GOES WIRE-TO-WIRE TO WIN FUTURE LINKS, DRIVEN BY ACURA PRAIRIE CHAMPIONSHIP
Golf Canada – Ryan McMillan and Chaewon Baek are champions of the fourth Future Links, driven by Acura Championship of the season
ESTEVAN, Sask. – Ryan McMillan came from behind while Chaewon Baek went wire-to-wire to win the Future Links, driven by Acura Prairie Championship at TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club on Thursday.
McMillan, who started the day T2, shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 to close out the tournament 5 under par. The 17-year-old from Winnipeg, Man., made the turn at 1 under par in a tie with Tayden Wallin and then carded three birdies in five holes to cruise to the finish line.
Kade Johnson, from Yorkton, Sask., finished in solo-second after he made an eagle on the par-5 15th hole. The 18-year-old was in a three-way tie after the seventh hole, but made a double-bogey on the par-3 eighth hole and ultimately finished four strokes back of McMillan.
Wallin started his round at the top of the leaderboard and got off to a strong start with two birdies in the first five holes. After he carded a triple bogey he bounced back and scored two birdies after he made the turn, but he struggled in the final six holes where he went 5 over par.
Rounding out the top six finishers in the boys division who earned exemptions into the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 31-Aug. 3 at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ont., are: Callum Davision from Duncan, B.C., Andrew Campbell and Josh Nagy, who are both from Saskatoon, Sask.
In the girls division, Baek completed her wire-to-wire victory with a 5-over-par 77 in her final round. The 13-year-old from Langley, B.C., carded a triple-bogey on the par-5 fifth hole but had already built up a comfortable cushion between second place.
Angela Arora, from Surrey, B.C., shot the low round of the day in the girls division with an even-par 72 and jumped up the leaderboard to finish in solo-second place, nine shots behind Baek.
She got off to a slow start with two bogeys in her first three holes, but a bogey-free back nine paired with two birdies got her back in it.
Vaijayanti Bharkhada finished her tournament with an 80, moving her to 23 over par for the tournament and a solo-third finish.
Rounding out the top six earning exemptions to the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Champions on Aug. 1-4 at Camelot Golf & Country Club in Cumberland, Ont., are: Samantha Copeland of Calgary, Alta., Chloe Sies of Melville, Sask., and Hannah MacNeil of Shaunavon, Sask.
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2017 FUTURE LINKS, DRIVEN BY ACURA QUEBEC CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – JUNIOR BOYS DIVISION
1. Ryan McMillan, Winnipeg, MB, *71-72-68-211 -5
2. Kade Johnson, Yorkton, SK, *71-72-72-215 -1
3. Tayden Wallin, Humboldt, SK, *70-70-77-217 +1
4. Callum Davison, Duncan, BC, *72-76-72-220 +4
5. Andrew C Campbell, Saskatoon, SK, *76-75-71-222 +6
5. Josh Nagy, Saskatoon, SK, *73-73-76-222 +6
2017 FUTURE LINKS, DRIVEN BY ACURA QUEBEC CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – JUNIOR GIRLS DIVISION
1. Chaewon Baek, Langley, BC, *71-78-77-226 +10
2. Angela Arora, Surrey, BC, *79-84-72-235 +19
3. Vaijayanti Bharkhada, Brampton, ON, *77-82-80-239 +23
4. Samantha Copeland, Calgary, AB, *76-85-87-248 +32
5. Chloe Sies, Melville, SK, *82-84-87-253 +37
6. Hannah MacNeil, Shaunavon, SK, *85-84-87-256 +40
FUTURE LINKS, driven by Acura
Future Links, driven by Acura is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations. Proudly supported by Acura, Puma, The R&A, NGCOA Canada, ClubLink and Sport Canada, the program is designed to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. The program features three core areas of focus—in-school programming, facility programming and community outreach—including elements such as Golf in Schools, Learn to Play, PGA Junior League, Girl’s Club, Mobile Clinics, Junior Skills Competition and Community Golf Coach, along with six regional Future Links Junior Championships. Since the inception of the program in 1996, more than 1.3 million young Canadians have taken part in Future Links. For more information, visit golfcanada.ca/futurelinks.
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