Excitement builds heading into the final day of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship

Elmira, ON- The second round of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship saw scattered rain and cold temperatures as the competitors fought to make the cut at Elmira Golf Club. Upon the conclusion of round two, the top 40 and ties players on the boy’s side moved on to the final round. On the girl’s side, the top 20 and ties advanced to the final round. The boy’s division saw Brampton Golf Club’s Manav Bharani maintain his lead, on the other side, the girl’s division saw a three-way tie for the lead heading into the final day.

In the boy’s division, Brampton Golf Club’s Manav Bharani continued to display his consistent form as he shot even par (70) to maintain his spot on top of the leaderboard heading into the final day. Team Ontario’s Luke Smith finished his second round with a 1-under par (69) once again to take sole spot in second place. He looks to maintain consistency in his game in an attempt to stake his claim at the title tomorrow. Defending champion Matthew Javier moved down to third place after shooting a 3-over par (73) in his second round.

In the girl’s division, there is currently a three-way tie for first place upon the completion of the second round as Kaprice and Nobelle Park (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) and Angela Cai (Heron Points Golf Links) are all currently 2-over par heading into the final day. Not too far behind is Team Canada’s Lindsay McGrath who is currently three shots back of the lead in fourth place.

Competitors will be ready to go at it again early tomorrow for the final round. Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. Thursday from hole 1. For media coverage of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile Championship, please visit the Golf Ontario Facebook Page to view our photo albums. To follow along with the leaderboard, visit our tournament website.

 About the Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ and Girls’ Championships

The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Boys’ Championship is a 54-hole competition featuring the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Mike Weir trophy. Notable past champions include Josh Whalen, Brandon Ng, Tim McCutcheon, Peter R. Knechtel, Bob Panasiuk, and Gary Cowan. The Ontario Juvenile (U17) Girls’ Championship features the province’s best junior golfers under 17, competing for the Sandra Post trophy. Past event champions include Sandra Post, Jessica Shepley, Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock, Rebecca Lee-Bentham, current Team Canada member Katie Cranston, and Grace St. Germain.

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