Picturesque Port Hope G&CC hosts Ontario Junior (U19) Boys & Girls Match Play Championships

Port Hope, ON – The 2022 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys’ and Girls’ Match Play Championship at Port Hope Golf & Country Club is next up on the championship schedule from August 16-18. A field of 64 boys and 32 girls (96 players total) will seek out to conquer the 1 on 1 challenge of match play.

“Match play has a long history and tradition of providing an exciting way to compete in the game of golf. The newly remodelled Port Hope G&CC is ideal for this competition,” says Jason Miller, the Golf Course Architect. “As there is a great variety of risk/reward shots required at this course, the green’s complexities will provide yet another level of excitement. Set against Lake Ontario, the golf course layout will test the golfer and their gamesmanship and bring back some of that same competitive spirit of golf that started in 1894. It will be a superb facility for these very competitive junior golfers.”

The match play format for the boys will consist of a split tee start for the first matches and then the round of 32 will occur in the afternoon, following the girl’s round of 32. The round of 16 will take place on Wednesday morning, with quarter-final matches that afternoon. Action from the semi-final matches will begin on Thursday, followed by the final matches of the championship.

The junior girls will start with the round of 32 on Tuesday afternoon, with the round of 16 and quarter-final matches taking place on Wednesday. Semi-final matches will begin on Thursday morning, with the final round of the two remaining competitors playing in the afternoon for the match play title. Team Ontario girls to watch include Emma Hansen and Tara O’Connor.

Players to watch on the boy’s side include our 2022 Bantam Boys Champion Jager Pain and Team Ontario members Andreas Diogenous, Isaiah Ellis, Isaiah Ibit and Luke Smith. The girl’s side will also feature our current 2022 Bantam Girls champion Michelle Xing. She will look to keep up her hot play against the strong field, including Emma Hansen and Tara O’Connor from Team Ontario and 2022 Women’s Match Play runner-up Aryn Matthews.

Match play action will get underway at 8 am on Tuesday, August 16, with the Boys teeing it up first. The Girls will start their first round matches at 12:32 pm. For Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Match Play Championship information, visit this Golf Genius Page. Information for the Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Match Play Championship can be found on this Golf Genius Page.

About the Ontario Junior Boys & Girls (U19) Championship

The Junior Boys’ Match Play Championship has been contested since 1998, featuring Ontario’s top amateur male golfers age 18 and under. Results from four qualifiers determine the field. Notable past champions include Matt McQuillan, Justin Shin, Stephane Dubois, and Jon Boncoddo.

The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Match Play Championship is contested annually and features Ontario’s top 32 amateur female golfers aged 18 and under. Players can earn their way into the championship through the Jr. Girls Spring Classic and the Ontario Jr. Girls Championship. Notable past champions include Alena Sharp, Stefi Markovich, Christina Yoon, Elizabeth Tong and Grace St-Germain.

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