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Golf Canada – Team British Columbia wins the Inter-Provincial Team Competition

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – YanJun (Victoria) Liu of Vancouver carded her second straight round in the 60s, opening a three-stroke lead at the 65th Canadian Junior Girls Championship held at Lethbridge Country Club.

Liu shot 3 under 69, moving herself to 10 under for the tournament. Her 65 yesterday tied the old course record at Lethbridge Country Club – the record was broken by Euna Han only minutes earlier. Liu has only committed a single bogey through 36 holes.

“Today was a different round from yesterday,” said Liu. “Yesterday I had lots of birdie opportunities. Today was more of a regular day – lots of up-and-downs and some birdies too. I kept it real consistent today and made many great putts.”

This is the 16-year-old’s third appearance at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship. She finished in a tie for 13th and a tie for seventh in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Liu won the D.A. Points Junior Championship earlier in July.

“I think my putting’s been really good for both rounds,” added Liu. “I had some miss hits with my driver, but I saved them. Also, my mental game was key – I kept everything together.”

The low round of the day belonged to Tiffany Kong. The Vancouver product carded a 5 under par 67, bringing her score on the tournament to 7 under. She sits three strokes back of Liu heading into moving day.

Brooke Rivers (Brampton, Ont.) shot 4 under in round two, which included an eagle on the par-4 No. 14. Rivers is tied with Han, a Coquitlam, B.C. product, for third. Han carded 3 over on the day.

Team Canada National Junior Squad member Emily Zhu (Richmond Hill, Ont.) posted her second consecutive round of 70, moving her to 4 under for the tournament in fifth. 

Team British Columbia won the Inter-Provincial Team Competition. The trio of Angela (ZiLan) Zhang (Vancouver), Cindy Koira (Victoria) and Erin Lee (Langley, B.C.) finished at even par, four strokes ahead of Team Québec in second place.

“The players did all the work – we came up with a good plan and they all stuck to it,” said Team British Columbia coach Colin Lavers. “It’s awesome for B.C. golf. We’re really proud and we’re trying to build a strong program. Results aren’t everything, but they are nice.”

This is Team British Columbia’s first time claiming the Mary Pyke Trophy since 2016 and they have now won three of the last five Inter-Provincial Team Championships. 

NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos from the second round can be found here. (Photo credit: Golf Canada).

2019 Canadian Junior Girls Championship second round leaders

1. YanJun (Victoria) Liu, Vancouver, BC, *65-69-134 -10

2. Tiffany Kong, Vancouver, BC, *70-67-137 -7

3. Euna Han, Coquitlam, BC, *64-75-139 -5

3. Brooke Rivers, Brampton, ON, *71-68-139 -5

5. Emily Zhu, Richmond Hill, ON, *70-70-140 -4

6. Annabelle Ackroyd, Calgary, AB, *70-71-141 -3

7. Hsin Chiao Chang, Chinese Taipei, *67-75-142 -2

7. Luna Lu, Burnaby, BC, *74-68-142 -2

7. Hailey McLaughlin, Markham, ON, *72-70-142 -2
 

2019 Canadian Junior Girls Inter-Provincial Team first round leaders

1. YanJun (Victoria) Liu, Vancouver, BC, *65-69-134 -10

2. Euna Han, Coquitlam, BC, *64-75-139 -5

2. Brooke Rivers, Brampton, ON, *71-68-139 -5

4. Emily Zhu, Richmond Hill, ON, *70-70-140 -4

5. Luna Lu, Burnaby, BC, *74-68-142 -2

6. Angela Arora, Surrey, BC, *73-70-143 -1

7. Michelle Liu, Vancouver, BC, *73-71-144 E

7. Hyeji Yang, Langley, BC, *72-72-144 E

7. Vanessa Zhang, Vancouver, BC, *74-70-144 E
 

2019 Canadian Junior Girls Inter-Provincial Team Competition final results

1. British Columbia, E

2. Québec, +4

3. Alberta, +5

4. Ontario, +9

5. Nova Scotia, +25

6. Saskatchewan, +26

7. New Brunswick, +43

8. Manitoba, +59

Full scoring can be found here.

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For more information:

Graham Neysmith
Media & Public Relations
Golf Canada
(t) 514-435-4389
(e) gneysmith@golfcanada.ca