Kozak top Sask. finisher at Canadian Junior Girls Championship, Crozier makes cut at nationals

L to R; Hallie Crozier (Regina), Sarah Henderson (Saskatoon), Niya Friesen (Swift Current), and Anna Young (coach, Saskatoon). (Golf Canada)

The Canadian Junior Girls Championship wrapped up in Hampton, N.B. Thursday at the Hampton Golf Club.

Yorkton’s Ella Kozak was the top placing Saskatchewan player at the national event tying for 24th at 19-over par. The 17-year-old Deer Park Municipal Golf Course member shot 77, 75, 75, and 76. Kozak was 22 shots back of winner Eileen Park of Red Deer, Alta.

Regina’s Hallie Crozier made the cut as well carding rounds of 83, 77, 89, and 81 for a 72 hole score of 46-over par, 330. The 18-year-old was 67th overall.

Sarah Henderson of Saskatoon and Niya Friesen from Swift Current joined Crozier as Team Saskatchewan. Both players missed the cut, but gained valuable experience with several years left as junior competitors.

Friesen, 14, shot back-to-back rounds of 86 in her national debut. Henderson was also competing in her first national event, the 15-year-old posted a 94 on day one before shaving six shots off her score in round two carding an 88.

Grace Odnokon also competed as the team alternate, the 13-year-old shot 91 and 93 in her first of potentially many Canadian events.

In spite of a young team representing the province the team placed a respectable seventh overall just 13 shots back of both Ontario and Alberta at 8-over par. Ontario won the team competition through a tie breaker.

The next national event is the Canadian Amateur Women’s Championship in Halifax, N.S. at the Ashburn Golf Club. Autumn Neiszner of Regina and Kyle’s Chloe Wills are the lone Saskatchewan competitors at the championship that begins on Aug. 1.