Maple Leaf Junior Tour opens Sask. schedule

Saskatchewan's first MJT event took place this weekend.

The first Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT) and Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit (OMT) event took place at Estevan’s TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club May 4 and 5.

Almost 50 junior golfers from Saskatchewan and two from Manitoba took part in the 36-hole event.

The largest field consisted of the juvenile boy’s (15-16 years old) category with 17 athletes entered. Hometown product Jayden Dudas was a six-stroke winner over Kindersley’s Cort Tunall shooting a 149 (76, 73). Regina’s Drayjon Sparvier placed third carding a 160 (76, 84).

There were 14 golfers in the bantam (13-14) boy’s division. Saskatoon’s Alex Swinnerton edged Max Reiger, also of the Bridge City by one stroke to take first place. Swinnerton carded a 156 (81,75) just ahead of Reiger’s 157 (79, 78). Thomas Danielson, another Saskatoon golfer placed third at 158 (86, 72).

In the junior boys age group, that’s golfers aged 17 and 18, 10 boys competed. Reigning provincial junior champion Josh Nagy started his season on the right foot shooting a 144 (75, 69) outlasting Estevan’s Chase Gedack by seven shots. Woodlawn member Jace Carlisle and Winnipeg’s Jacob Armstrong tied for third place at 155.

Half a dozen peewee (under-12) boys took part in the tournament, Warman’s Dane Giesbrecht was the winner posting a 167 (81, 86). Cashton Yaremko of Orkney finished just a shot back at 168 with back-to-back 84’s. La Ronge golfer Dade Bernatchez finished in third place at 173 (88, 85).

Ella Kozak of Yorkton was the lone competitor in the U15 girl’s category, she shot 164 (78, 86).

In the 15-18 girl’s age group, Autumn Neiszner of Regina edged Carey McLean by one stroke for the victory. Neiszner posted a 174 (86, 88), McLean fired rounds of 88 and 87.

Full results can be seen here.

The next MJT and junior OMT event is May 19 and 20 at Swift Current’s Elmwood Golf Club.