A record field of 112 players will compete at the Maple Leaf Junior (MJT) Boston Pizza National Championship in Florida this weekend including 14 from Saskatchewan.
Trent Matson, the Director of National Operations said the number of players qualifying for the event shows the strength of junior golf in Canada.
“The field attending shows that junior golf is thriving in Canada. We are very proud to continue as the number-one played junior tour in the country and look forward to hosting everyone,” Matson said in a news release.
The players will compete in seven different age groups for 54 holes at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. The competitors received members-only invitations based on performance during the season, and the high caliber field includes 2019 MJT Players of the Year, regional Order of Merit winners, MJT Team Canada members and individual tournament champions.
Saskatchewan athletes competing are:
- Dade Bernatchez, 12, La Ronge
- Tommy Danielson, 14, Saskatoon
- Dane Giesbrecht, 12, Warman
- Elias Haukeness, 11, Buena Vista
- Darien Herlick, 14, Weyburn
- Adam Husli, 17, Regina
- Cole Jenkins, 18, Prince Albert
- Ella Kozak, 13, Yorkton
- Keighton McNab, 20, Saskatoon
- Autumn Neiszner, 15, Regina
- Noah Parent, 18, Prince Albert
- Chase Pochylko, 15, Saskatoon
- Max Regier, 14, Saskatoon
- Alex Swinnerton, 15, Saskatoon
(Autumn Neiszner plays a practice round on Wednesday at Reunion Resort.)
The official practice round goes Thursday, the competition starts on Friday with a 7 a.m. (Sask. time) shotgun start.
The MJT is excited to confirm that Sean Foley, one of the biggest names in golf instruction who coaches the likes of Justin Rose, Danny Willett, Cameron Champ and was formerly the coach of Tiger Woods, will be in attendance during the opening reception on Thursday to the participants.
This is the 21st edition of the tournament. More details including the results can be found here.