Last week the Maple Leaf Junior Tour handed out a couple prizes for young golfers who signed up for membership prior to their early bird deadline.
One of those prizes was a set of Tiger Woods Taylormade P-7TW irons valued at $2,600. The lucky winner was Saskatoon’s Taylor Lofgren. Lofgren, 17, said he was scrolling through phone last week when he received an Instagram notification regarding the MJT draw.
“I hear P-7TW irons for the grand prize and I went into a shock type feeling, is this really about to be my name called? You have to be kidding me right now?” he told Golf Saskatchewan. “Just an insane experience, I loved it.”
Ever since Lofgren found out he was the grand prize winner of entrants across Canada he has been on pins and needles waiting for his prize to arrive.
“I have been on every site you can think of looking into these things. It’s kind of been my obsession the last few days. It’s hard to get my mind off them,” he chuckled.
Lofgren was introduced to golf by his dad around nine years old when he got his first set of clubs. He said the game became more serious to him when he was about 13. He said playing Maple Leaf events has several benefitting factors.
“I found there’s more to it than the competitive aspect although that’s very much there,” he said. “The community that surrounds the events is neat. A few things that stick out to me over the years is spending time with friends, sharing stories of rounds and bringing smiles to people’s faces despite how the round went. Plus I get to play courses I generally wouldn’t find myself at if it wasn’t for the MJT events is a bonus.”
Lofgren finished in 21st place at the provincial championship at the Evergreen Golf Course last year. His top finish was a 14th place spot at the OMT Championship at The Legends Golf Course. He hopes his final year of junior golf, that is already been kickstarted by the irons win is a memorable one.
“I’m looking to build on the closing MJT event and looking to get to that level shortly after the season starts. I’m looking to make my last year memorable both with the people I spend it with and how I perform. I’m pretty excited to get the season going,” Lofgren beamed.