MJT makes tour stop in Bridge City

Grace Odnokon won the under-15 girls division at this past weekend's MJT stop in Saskatoon. (Photo courtesy Jeff Chambers)

Wildwood Golf Course in Saskatoon was this past weekend’s stop for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour.

Over 110 players including several from Alberta and Manitoba competed in the 36-hole two-day tournament on June 1 and 2.

Grace Odnokon of Saskatoon was the winner of the girls under-15 division. The Saskatoon Golf and Country Club (SGCC) junior fired rounds of 80 and 78 to claim the win. Sienna Taylor, also from the SGCC was second at 177 (90,87).

Chloe Wills’ strong season continues, but the Kyle product was pushed in the 15 to 19 year-old girls category. Wills shot 85 and 84 on the weekend, just good enough to hold off Tayla Perry of Regina and Lethbridge, Alta golfer Grace Murphy who both finished two shots back at 171.

The peewee boys category was decided in a playoff with Casa Rio junior Kellen Hunter getting the victory edging Cooper Roberge of Lloydminster. Each posted rounds of 89 and 87, flip flopping on days however Hunter won in a playoff.

Emmett McDougall of Prince Albert placed third in the age group.

The bantam boys’ division winner was Lucas Sturgeon of Saskatoon. The 14-year-old has two championships on the MJT this season now after taking the title in Estevan back in May. Sturgeon shot 73 and 74 at Wildwood to take the division by four shots over Bennett Love of Red Deer, Alta.

Hunter Oakden of Brandon, Man. rounded out the top three.

The juvenile boys’ winner and overall champion was Jack Maharaj of Saskatoon. The 15-year-old outscored all competitors playing the course at just over 5,700 yards shooting 73 and 71 for a two-day score of 144.

Fellow Saskatonians Brady Guenther and Griffin Blanch also made the podium with scores of 148 and 153, respectively.

Casey Sliva (Red Deer, Alta) and Aricin Franklin (Saskatoon) tied at 154 to round out the top five.

The champion of the junior boys division was Ryan Chernoff from Estevan. The long time TS&M Woodlawn junior posted a score of 147 with rounds of 74 and 73, beating Solomon Ness by four strokes. Ness shot 76 on day one and 75 during the second round Sunday.

Blake Derksen and Brody Sawchyn tied for third place at 157.

Three others tied for fifth at 158.

The complete results can be seen here. The Junior Order of Merit Tour (OMT) standings are also up to date, click here to view all age groups.

The next junior event on the OMT is the NextGen Prairie Championship in Thunder Bay, Ont. beginning on June 8.

All photos courtesy Jeff Chambers.