SURREY — A field of 120 young golfers teed off during the MJT Prodigy Series tournament at Morgan Creek, and the playing was impressive.
The Maple Leaf Junior Golf event, held April 9 and 10, was highlighted by an 11-under-par winning score from 14-year old Surrey phenom Susan Xiao.
She finished with scores of 66-69 (135), winning the Girls division as well as the Girls-14-and-under champion’s trophy and a spot into the US Kids Teen World Championships in Pinehurst, NC.
“I feel honoured to win this tournament because this is my home course and I know (it) very well,” said Xiao, who claimed her second MJT victory in as many starts this season.
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Sandee Park, 14, of West Vancouver, finished second in division with scores of 77, 76 (153) and third place went to Angel Lin, 13, of Surrey (80, 78, for 158).
Another tourney highlight was a hole-in-one on the eighth hole, on day one, from Surrey’s Dawoon Jung, 17 – her first ever in her inaugural MJT event. The ace won her a special Miura Golf gift certificate.
Low Overall Boy and MJT Juvenile Boys Champion was Andy Kim, 16, of Langley, who made two eagles on day one to shoot 69, followed by a 76 (145 total) to hold off Samuel Su, 16, of Surrey (73, 73 = 146).
Other age-specific exemptions into the U.S. Kids Teen World Championships went to Xander Bankes of Rossland, Junwoo Nam of Abbotsford, Coco Pei of Surrey, Mai Hayashi of Vancouver, Leo Harper of Burnaby, Ilirian Zalli, Angel Lin and Tiffany Kong.
The next Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour stop in B.C. is the MJT Lindsay Kenney Classic/Junior Worlds Qualifier at Pagoda Ridge Golf Course in Langley on May 7 and 8. Details are posted at Maplejt.com.
The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, presented by Boston Pizza, is billed as “Canada’s number-one played junior golf tour as well as the only national junior tour run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals and the ‘Road to College Golf’ in Canada.”