Last Updated on Friday, 20 August 2010 18:04 Friday, 20 August 2010 17:31
Moka, Miraval (August 20, 2010) The team of ten Canadian junior golfers from the Canadian Junior Golf Association avenged a loss last season on home soil to capture the Stephen Ames Cup for the first time away from home winning 11 ½ to 8 ½ at St. Andrews Golf Club in Moka, Miraval Trinidad on Friday afternoon.
With Canada only needing four points in the final round of singles matches, they were able to split the matches and pick up the necessary points need to capture the cup.
“It was a great final day of matches to end a fantastic week of golf for both sides” said tournament host and PGA Tour Professional Stephen Ames.
“I am sure the experience the kids had this week, both golfing and culturally will stay with them for a long time, and that is really the main goal of the event” he added.
“I am really proud of what we have been able to accomplish over the last six years thanks to the great support of my partners at RBC and Nike Golf. I look forward to many great things in the future”.
In the Boys 15 & Under Division, Matt Williams of Calgary, Alberta led off the round playing against Robert Boocock. After opening a commanding lead through nine holes, Boocock never let up, closing the margin to one heading to the 18th tee.
After Williams hit his approach into the front greenside bunker, and Boocock hitting the middle of the green, Williams was able to get up and down, halving the hole and winning the match to take the first point of the day.
Sun Kim of I’ile Perrot, Quebec was the second match of the day, playing against his opponent Matthew Marquez. Kim played solid and consistent on the front nine, hitting fairways and greens, and taking a 1 up lead at the turn.
The back proved to be a little more difficult, and the solid play of Trinidad’s Marquez was just too much for Kim, dropping the match 3&2.
In what was an exciting match, Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alberta aced the par 3 15th hole with the match two up to go dormie on 16. “It was my first hole in one and it couldn’t have come at a better time” said Fleming.
“I was so pumped on the 16th tee that I had to settle myself down”. Fleming missed a short par putt on 16 to keep his opponent in the match, but stuck his approach on 17 to five feet and dropped the birdie putt to win the match 2&1.
Soobin Kim playing in the Girls 18 & Under Division faced her opponent Monifa Sealy. With solid and steady play by both players, the girls made the turn all square in the match and looking for some excitement on the back nine.
Kim was solid with her play on the back, winning holes #12, 14, and 15 to take a three up lead and dormie on the 16th tee box. With the pressure on to close out her opponent, Kim sank a five foot putt for par to halve the hole and win her match 3&2.
After capturing the first Canadian title on foreign soil, they will look to retain the cup as the event will head back to Canada next year for the seventh addition.