Junior golfers tee it up in Saskatchewan’s biggest cities

Tayla Perry of Regina won the under-15 girls' division at this week's MJT event at Moon Lake Golf & Country Club. (Photo/https://www.maplejt.com/)

The Golf Saskatchewan Junior Order of Merit Tour (OMT) has been busy of late with a couple events taking place since the provincial under-19 championships in Swift Current in early July.

On July 18 and 19 the Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) made a stop at Deer Valley Golf Club for a two day event, the results can be seen here.

From July 24 and 25 the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) was just outside Saskatoon for a tournament at Moon Lake Golf and Country Club.

Tayla Perry of Regina was the winner of the under-15 girls division thanks to rounds of 81 and 83. The Wascana Country Club player was 30 shots better than fellow Regina golfer Yuna Lee. Saskatoon’s Youran Zhu was third.

Kaylee Chung of Vancouver was the lone participant in the under-19 category, largely due to the Canadian Junior Girls Championship in Hampton, N.B.

On the boys’ side of the 36-hole event Hunter Kutcher of Regina was the overall winner holding off Darien Herlick of Weyburn in a playoff in the under-19 boys category and overall championship.

Both Kutcher and Herlick were at 142 following two rounds but a par for Kutcher gave him the win in his last MJT event.

A three-way tie between Brett Leonard, Davin Karst, and Josh Czuy made up third place.

In the under-15 division Saskatoon’s Aricin Franklin won again. Fresh off an under-15 provincial win and events in California (IMG Academy Junior World Championships and the Callaway World Championship) the Riverside Country member has won every bantam event on the MJT Saskatchewan slate this year and leads the OMT standings for his age group by 350 points.

Lucas Sturgeon of Saskatoon was second, North Battleford golfer Finn Silver placed third.

The under-13 division winner was Austin Nesbitt of Pilot Butte.

Just like Franklin, the 12-year-old returned from California events to capture another MJT title. The Wascana Country Club member shot 70 and 73 to win by seven shots over Regina’s Jun Lee.

Melville golfer Keaton Kreklewich was third at 155 (79, 76).

There was also a playoff for the under-17 title that was won by Saskatoon’s Jack Maharaj.

The 15-year-old was tied with Ryan Mosher and Dane Giesbrecht after 36 holes, but in the playoff Maharaj sunk a 15-foot birdie putt to claim the win, the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club members’ first of the year.

Ben Staines was fourth a shot outside the three-way playoff, Jordan Heller shot 152 to round out the top five.

All the results can be found here, the one-day MJT Mini-Tour was also in the Bridge City on Monday, the results are available here for the 18-hole event at Wildwood Golf Course.

To see the up to date OMT standings for all the tours click here.

Next up for the juniors on the OMT is the CJGA Saskatchewan Championship at Deer Park Municipal Golf Course in Yorkton from Aug. 1 to 3.

The Women’s OMT resumes Aug. 5 to 7 with the TS&M Woodlawn FrameTech Ladies Classic in Estevan.

The Men’s and Senior Men’s OMT also features Estevan’s FrameTech event. Cooke Municipal Golf Course in Prince Albert will hold the Men’s Northern Championship that weekend as well.