Cambridge, ON – The weather couldn’t have been more agreeable as the players teed off for round one of the Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ and Girls’ Championship at Cambridge Golf Club. Golf Ontario will be recognizing both the Ontario Peewee (U13) and Bantam (U15) Boys’ and Girls’ champions following tomorrow’s second (and final) round.
On the girls’ side of the championship, an impressive round of 4-under 68 gave Kelly Zhao (Station Creek GC – North) to give her a 4 stroke lead after the first round of the Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship. Tied for second with even par 72’s are Vanessa Borovilos (Weston G&CC) and Shauna Liu (Station Creek GC – North). Liu is the current leader for the Peewee (U13) Girls’, with Michelle Xing (National Pines GC) and Elliana Buhagair (Deer Creek GC) following with two and four over par respectively.
Zhao’s round included an incredible 3 eagles, and reflecting on her round today, Zhao said “my putting and drives were working really well for me. The course is quite narrow so I had to make sure my placement was accurate and that I followed through with my line. I carded my three eagles by hitting my three wood, which was bang on every time and got me really close to the pin”. Heading into the final round tomorrow, Zhao is looking to “stay confident, energized and hydrated throughout the day, while focusing on what’s to come”.
Taking his place at the top of the Boys’ leaderboard after today’s round, with a two-under par 70 is Bantam (U15) player Jax Sisson (Ambassador GC). Sisson’s round included 3 birdies and only 1 birdie to give him a two stroke lead heading into the final round. Close on his tail and sitting atop the leaderboard for the Peewee (U13) Boys’, is Jager Pain (Public Player), with a solid round that included three birdies for an even par 72. In third place on the overall leaderboard and second for the Peewee, player Brayden Card (Galt Country Club), finished his round with a one-over 73.
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About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship
First contested in 1929, the Ontario Bantam (U15) Boys’ Championship is a 36-hole competition featuring the top Bantam (U15) male golfers from across the province. Past Champions include Ontario Golf Hall of Fame members Bob Panasiuk (1955) and Kelly Roberts (1966) as well as former Team Canada member Johnny Travale (2015).
About The Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship
First contested in 2003, the Ontario Bantam (U15) Girls’ Championship is a 36-hole competition featuring the top Bantam (U15) female Golfers from across the province competing for the Cathy Sherk Trophy. Notable past champions include Jennifer Kirby, Augusta James and Chloe Currie.
Key Provincial Competitions Protocols/Restrictions (subject to change)
- No caddies permitted. (all events)
- No spectators, including coaches and media, permitted. (**Exception: Players 18 & Under may have one accompanying adult)
- No motorized carts permitted. (**Exception: Single rider carts only for Senior & Disability Championships)
- All events will be a single tee start – no shotguns or split tees.
- Restricted field numbers. (see individual championships)
- Qualifiers will have limited field sizes. Entries will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.
Click here for the full version of the Championship protocols. **These protocols are subject to change as new guidance is received from the government.
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