MJT opens Saskatchewan season in Estevan

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The 2023 Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour teed off this weekend at Estevan’s TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club for the first Saskatchewan event of the year.

Just over 50 junior golfers from across the province battled wind and cool temperatures for 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday to open the under-19 Order of Merit Tour.

In the under-15 girls category Tayla Perry (pictured top-left) won with a score of 173 (91,82). The Regina golfer edged Grace Odnokon of Saskatoon by three shots.

Drayjon Sparvier (top-middle) needed a playoff to win the junior boys division. The Ochapowace First Nation player was tied with Assiniboia’s Davin Karst through two rounds at 150 before Sparvier won the event.

Kipling’s Winston Grayson was third four shots back.

Ella Kozak (top-right) of Yorkton won the 15-19 girls’ division by eight strokes over Regina’s Hallie Crozier. Kozak shot 78 and 71 on the weekend to finish at 149, Crozier shot 76 and 81 on the weekend.

Brady Guenther of Saskatoon started his season with a win in the juvenile boys’ category thanks to rounds of 83 and 76 for a 36-hole finish of 159, just a shot better than Sucker River golfer Dade Bernatchez (82, 78) and two ahead of Jack Maharaj who shot 83 and 78.

Austin Nesbitt of Pilot Butte won by the widest margin on Sunday in the peewee boys category. Nesbitt posted a round of 79 on Saturday and followed that with a tidy 73 to win by 18 shots over Humboldt’s Tylan Wallin. Caydin Karst was third.

In the bantam boys’ division it was Saskatoon’s Aricin Franklin taking the win by six shots over Jayden Chernoff.

Franklin shot 77 and 75 while Chernoff stroked an 80 and 78. Ethan Hunter was third.

The complete results of the event can be seen here.

Nine players also took part in the MJT Mini Tour on Saturday, the results can be found here.

The next MJT event in the province will be the May long weekend at Elmwood Golf Club in Swift Current.