CAMBRIDGE, ON – The second round of the 84th Ontario Junior Girls Championship began on another beautiful morning from Galt Country Club but saw the weather turn windy and rainy causing higher scores than yesterday’s opening round.
The weather may have changed but the leader after both rounds did not. Sarah Beqaj (Toronto Golf Club), a National Junior Squad member, didn’t score as well as her course record 66 yesterday, but did play well enough with a +4 (76) to hang onto the lead.
A relieved Beqaj spoke of her challenging round afterwards. “Today was a little different, after my first bogey free round yesterday, I was nervous out there and knew I wasn’t going to shoot as well. Putts weren’t going in today that were in round one.”
Beqaj talked about the remaining golf that is still left to play this week. “There is still lots of golf left to play especially when you see the changing scores from day to day, and personally I need to capitalize better on the par 5’s.”
Chasing down Beqaj are three member of Team Ontario sitting in second, third and fourth place. Ashley Chow (The Lake Joseph Club), Victoria Zheng (Granite GC) and Alexis McMurray (Glen Abbey GC), all had solid second rounds with 73, 73 and 77 respectively. Also in the top 10 is fellow Team Ontario member Raesa Sheikh (TPC at Osprey Valley) who sits tied for eighth. 2017 Junior Girls Champion Ellie Szeryk, also a National Junior Squad member, caught fire on the back nine with 5 birdies in that stretch to finish the day T13.
The immense talent in the top 20 here this week can still make this anyone’s tournament to win. Play resumes Wednesday morning for the third round after the field is cut down with tee times commencing at 7:30am.
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About the Ontario Junior Girls (U19) Championship
The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Championship is contested annually and features Ontario’s best amateur female golfers age 18 and under. Established in 1927, The event has a wealth of notable past champions including: World Golf Hall of Fame member Marlene Streit, Sandra Post, Sue Hilton, Alena Sharp, Jennifer Kirby and Brooke Henderson in 2010 and 2011.
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