Cote’s ace steals headline at MJT stop

Walker Cote of Saskatoon aced Birch number 8 in Elk Ridge this past weekend at the MJT PLYR Series event. (MJT/Facebook)

Over 80 junior golfers were in Elk Ridge on the weekend for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) PLYR Series stop.

Highlighting the event was Saskatoon’s Walker Cote hitting a hole in one on Birch #8 during his first round of the two-day event at Elk Ridge Golf Resort.

Cote ended up tied for sixth in the junior boys category.

Taking the overall junior men’s championship was Saskatoon’s Carter Degelman. The Riverside Country Club player shot 75 and 73 to take the title by five shots. That’s Degelman’s second MJT win of the year.

Saskatoon’s Brody Sawchyn and Ochapawace First Nation product Drayjon Sparvier tied for second in the junior boys category with 36-hole scores of 152.

Nipawin’s Owen Myhre was a shot back in fourth, Marcus Cameron of Duck Lake was at 154, rounding out the top five.

In the juvenile boys (under-17) division Coben Taylor fought off Jack Maharaj in a playoff to take the win. Each Saskatoon golfer was tied at 153 before Taylor was able to secure the victory.

Hudson Heistad of Avonlea was a couple strokes behind in third, Ryan Mosher and Ben Staines, both of Saskatoon tied for fourth at 155.

In the under-15 age group Aricin Franklin continued his dominance. The Riverside Country Club bomber shot an incredible 66 on day two helping him almost lap the field winning by 13 shots with a 36-hole score of 136. Franklin now has five wins on the MJT this season to go with a bantam win at the Golf Saskatchewan provincials.

A pair of North Battleford golfers were behind Franklin, Finn Silver placed second at 149 (75, 74) and Shae Maunula was third after rounds of 77 and 75.

The under-13 age group saw a familiar face at the top of the leaderboard as Austin Nesbitt of Pilot Butte won the division, his fourth win on the MJT in as many starts this year. The Wascana Country Club member posted rounds of 76 and 73 to win by 12 shots over Tylan Wallin of Humboldt.

On the girls side, Grace Odnokon won again in the under-15 age group. The Saskatoon Golf and Country Club player leads the Order of Merit standings for her age group after her first win on the MJT this summer. Odnokon shot 83 and 84 on route to the title.

Youran Zhu of Saskatoon was second, Arwen Mosher was third.

In the under-19 girls division Chloe Wills of Kyle was the winner. With an 85 and 82, the Saskatchewan Landing Golf Resort member held off Niya Friesen of Swift Current for the win. Wills’ 167 was three shots better than Friesen.

Saskatoon’s Sarah Henderson was third.

The complete results can be seen here.

The junior OMT standings are up to date and can be found here, the 2023 Junior Lobstick at Waskesiu Golf Course is now underway, to see results click here.