Fenwick, ON – On a much brighter day at Sawmill Golf Course, Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club) and Manav Bharani (Brampton Golf Club) were crowned Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Champions. Both competitors had amazing performances in the final round to win their respective titles.
Liu put up two outstanding performances in these couple of days. After shooting a 67 yesterday, she shot even Par (72) to finish a convincing five strokes ahead of fellow Station Creek combatant, Sadie Wu, who shot a 73 in the final round. Nobelle Park (RattleSnake Point Golf Club) shot a 70 today to finish third. With the victory, Liu has done it again. This year, she is now a winner of the Ontario Junior Girls Spring Classic, the Ontario Junior Girls Championship, the Ontario Junior Girls Match Play Championship, and now the Bantam Girls Championship.
As for the bantam boys’ division, Bharani completed an incredible comeback. Down four strokes on Brayden Card (Galt Country Club) with three holes to go, Bharani stayed consistent through to the end and was able to get the victory by one stroke after shooting a 68 in the final round. Card shot 71 today after shooting a 69 in yesterday’s first round. In third place came a three-way tie between Vasili Gianakas (The National Golf Club of Canada), Matthew Simpson (Lambton Golf & Country Club) and Michael Vivone (Royal Ottawa Golf Club).
Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2023 Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys and Girls Championship. We would also like to thank Sawmill Golf Course for hosting this meaningful event, as well as the support from their staff and board of directors towards the players throughout these couple of days.
Lastly, a huge thank you to all Golf Ontario sponsors; Adidas, TaylorMade, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Tournkey. We are grateful for your continued support.
The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship has a rich history of excellence. First contested in 1923, the championship features the province’s top male golfers, 15 and under, competing for the James H. Peacock Trophy. Past Champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bob Panasiuk (1955) and Kelly Roberts (1966), as well as Team Canada National Amateur Squad member Johnny Travale (2015).
About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship
The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship features the province’s top female golfers, 15 and under, competing for the Cathy Sherk Trophy. Many past champions have gone on to represent Team Ontario and Team Canada. Notable past champions include Jennifer Kirby, Augusta James, and Chloe Currie.
About Golf Ontario
Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the most significant golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.
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