Kozak wins on home course, Sturgeon’s impressive season continues on MJT

The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) was in Yorkton this past weekend for a 36-hole event at Deer Park Municipal Golf Course, the host course for this year’s Saskatchewan Junior Championships.

Taking the girls under-19 category was Yorkton golfer Ella Kozak, she fired back-to-back 71’s for a 12 shot win.

Chloe Wills of Kyle opened with a 74 before shooting 80 on Sunday to claim second place, Tayla Perry of Regina rounded out the top three.

In the under-15 age group Grace Odnokon of Saskatoon was the champion. The Saskatoon Golf and Country Club player shot 79 and 84 at Deer Park, Yuna Lee was second.

In the peewee boys division, Jun Lee took the title by a dozen shots over Keaton Kreklewich. Lee, who plays at the Royal Regina Golf Club shot rounds of 74.

Kreklewich shot 79 and 81, meanwhile Cooper Roberge of Lloydminster also made the podium with a 36-hole score of 175.

In the bantam boys division, Saskatoon’s Lucas Sturgeon continues to dominate the age group picking up his third win in four MJT starts this season. The Riverside Country Club junior held off fellow Bridge City player Hudson Deiderichs winning the event by three shots.

Sturgeon shot 75 on day one, and 85 on day two, Diederichs went 78, 85 at the tournament.

Cohen Hepburn of Saskatoon and North Battleford’s Shae Maunula tied for third in the age group at 164.

Ethan Hunter from Casa Rio, Sask. has his first win of the season in the under-17 boys category.

Hunter opened with a 75 on Saturday and followed with an 82 on Sunday, good enough to take the age group by three over Ryan Tuck of Winnipeg who was second.

Aricin Franklin of Saskatoon and Grady McDougall of Prince Albert tied for third at 162.

In the junior boys age group, Kaleb Lambert of Lorette West, Man. was the champion with a two-day score of 150.

The top Saskatchewan player in the under-19 division was Swift Current’s Makstyr McIntyre, the Elmwood Golf Club member tied for second at 154 thanks to rounds of 75 and 79.

For the complete results, click here, to see the updated Saskatchewan Junior Order of Merit standings click here.

The next Junior OMT event is the The Willows Club Junior Open on June 22 and 23, which is also a Saskatchewan Summer Games Qualifier.

All photos courtesy Jeff Chambers.