Exciting start to the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship

Elmira, ON- With sunny skies and pristine fairways, the first round of the 2023 Ontario Juvenile (U17) Championship at Elmira Golf Club concluded as Manav Bharani (Brampton Golf Club) & Sarah Yang (Heron Point Golf Links) & Kaprice Park (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) lead their respective divisions upon the completion of the opening round.

 In the boy’s division, Brampton Golf Club’s Manav Bharani took the outright lead after shooting an impressive 5-under par (65) which included seven birdies. Followed closely behind is defending champion Matthew Javier (Scarboro Golf & Country Club) who finished at 4-under par (66). There is a six-way tie for third place as Luke Smith, Connor Kanellis, Aidan Talent, Charlie Vokins, and Spencer Shropshire all finished at 1-under par (69)

 In the girl’s division, there is currently a tie for first place upon the completion of the first round as Kaprice Park (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) and Sarah Yang (Heron Point Golf Links) both see themselves at even par (70) for the round. Kayla Black (Markland Wood Golf Club) and Nobelle Park (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club) are also tied for third place as they both shot 1-over par (71).

 Competitors will be ready to go at it again early tomorrow for round two. Tee times will begin at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. 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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