The Titleist Niagara Junior Tour held it’s season ending banquet at Beechwood Golf & Country Club after completion of the last round on Monday, August 21st. Many thanks to all the courses involved, parents and volunteers for making it such a successful season. A special thanks to Paul Oehring and Ted Manning of Acushnet/Titleist Canada for helping support the junior tour again making it possible for the players to have such an amazing prize table and access to the best equipment in the game.
Thanks to Dave Reid of Fore Golfers Magazine and Bernd Franke of the local papers for printing the results and allowing the players to see there names in “lights”. A special thanks to Rose and Mike DiLonardo for their continue dedication to the tour and all the players.
There were some very tight races going into the last round at Beechwood and we crowned some worthy champions.
Rein Zenka was the overall winner of the tour capping a very consistent season. Ethan Bennett, the defending champion, couldn’t compete in the season finale as he already started his first year on a golf scholarship at Gannon University in Erie which made it a little easier for Rein to capture the title. Ethan Bennett did finish in second spot, third was Jason Maloney, fourth was Jack Allan and fifth was Andrew Noble.
Sukriti Harjai was the overall victor this year repeating from 2015 when she was the champion. Sukriti had a tight battle with Taylor Simoneau, who is off to play collegiate golf at Lake Superior State, all year. Third place went to Kayla Burke, fourth was Susan Leone and fifth was Payton Bennett.
Jason Maloney captured the U17 division this season. Runner up was Blake Pingue and third was R. J. Derhodge.
U15 boys was close all year long with a battle between Nolan Piazza and Luke Delgobbo. Nolan had a tough decision and opted to forego the final event to prepare for the U15 Ontario Championships which paved the way for Luke to be the overall champion without a fight. Luke had an outstanding season with three victories. Second place was taken by Nolan Piazza, third was Ben MacLean, fourth was Matthew Martel and fifth was Bradyn Wark.
This race was as tight as it gets as Isaiah Ellis and Sammy Rootes were tied going into the last round at Beechwood. Isaiah claimed the Beechwood title which solidified his spot as the overall champion. Sammy was second, third was Anthony Sartor, fourth was Michael Martel and fifth was John Kingdon.
At the banquet we recognize special accomplishments and announce winner of certain awards
Chuck and Judy Smith Scholarship
Chuck Smith a pillar of the Niagara Community when he was alive and along with his wife Judy were staunch supporters of the Niagara Junior Tour have set aside money that is awarded in a scholarship to a player that is attending either Brock University or Niagara College.
This years winner- Matt Persia
Steve “Butch” Fellinger Award
This award is in recognition of one of the best players to come out of Niagara. Steve was from Niagara Falls and had just completed his college career at the University of Maryland when he suffered and aneurysm and passed away. Each year we recognize the best left handed golf in the U19 division.
This years winner- Jack Allan
Rookie of the Year
Each year we award the Rookie of the Year to a first year player that had a great season. This year there were no female winners.
This year boys winner- Michael Martel