The eighth stop on the Niagara Junior Tour was our 8th Annual Kids Playing for Kids recognition day held at the pristine St. Catharines Golf & Country Club under beautiful sunny skies. The players and their sponsors raised around $24,000.00 this year bringing the 8 year total to close to $250,000.00 for the worthwhile charity that helps children cope with abuse. Many thanks to Jan Handy and all the staff at the centre for helping and supporting the kids.
Also a big thanks to host professional Cameron Thin and all the staff for making it a great day for the players. Dennis Piccolo had the course in amazing shape and I am sure that contributed to the great scores.
There was some excitement as two divisions needed playoffs to decide the winners.
This division needed a playoff as John Kingdon and Isaiah Ellis tied after regulation both shooting scores of 82. The players shook hands on the 18th tee and after they both hit great drives, John pulled his second shot right of the green while Isaiah hit his approach on the green about 30 ft. away. John hit his green side shot to about 10 ft and Isaiah left his first putt 6 ft short of the hole. After John narrowly missed his par putt, Isaiah calmly rolled in his putt for the victory.
Third spot one stroke out of the playoff was Sammy Rootes at 83 and their was a tie for fourth between Hudson Mielko and Michael Martel at 87.
Another playoff was needed in this division and this time there were three competitors vying for the title. After regulation, Nolan Piazza, Luke Delgobbo and Ben MacLean all shot one over par scores of 73. All players hit great drives in the playoff on the first hole at St. Catharines, and with Luke being first to play, he hit a wonderful approach shot to 18 inches from the hole, Both other players had birdie chances but they failed to convert and Luke tapped in his putt to earn the victory.
Matthew Martel was alone in fourth at 77 and fifth was Bradyn Wark at 78.
Jason Maloney was low Under 17 player at St. Catharines firing a score of 75, second was R. J. Derhodge at 77, third was a tie between Stefan Serroul and Johnny Romak at 78 and rounding out the top five was Jordan Antonucci.
U17 & U19 Division
Vincent Dicosimo was the overall victor at St. Catharines firing a 2 over par 74 to nip Jason Maloney and Ben Simmonds by one stroke as both players shot 75. Fourth was a three way tie between Michael Athoe, Eric Baranoski and Rein Zenka at 76.
In the girls division, Sukriti Harjai carded a fine two over par score of 74 to capture the victory. She was two strokes better than newcomer to the tour Alexis McMurray and another stroke back was Susan Leone. Next was Megan Miron and following her was Taylor Simoneau.