MJT opens Saskatchewan season

The 2024 Saskatchewan Junior Order of Merit Tour (OMT) is underway following this past weekend’s Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) event in Estevan.

TS&M Woodlawn Golf Club hosted over 70 players on May 11 and 12 for the 36-hole event.

In the 15 to 19 year-old girl’s category Ella Kozak of Yorkton was champion shooting rounds of 72 and 81 for a two-day total of 153.

Tayla Perry of Regina was second at 160 after the Wascana Country Club member carded back-to-back rounds of 80. Chloe Wills from Kyle was third, three shots back of Perry at 163 (82,81).

Yuna Lee was the lone competitor in the under-15 girl’s division. The Royal Regina Golf Club junior shot 93 and 89.

In the peewee boy’s division, Jun Lee was the champion with a score of 143. The 11-year-old posted rounds of 72 and 71 to take the age group by 13 shots.

Keaton Kreklewich of Melville was second at 156 (79,77), Lloydminster golfer Cooper Roberge was third at 181 (91,90).

Lucas Sturgeon of Saskatoon took home the bantam championship edging Shae Maunula of North Battleford in the under-15 age group.

Sturgeon shot 75 and 70, Maunula carded rounds of 73 and 74, giving Sturgeon the opening win of the year. Pilot Butte’s Austin Nesbitt posted scores of 78 and 76 to place third. Tylan Wallin of Humboldt was fourth at 155 (79,76).

Ethan Hunter of Casa Rio started his season with a win in the juvenile boy’s division. The Saskatoon Golf and Country Club member posted 73 on day one and a 77 in round two to win by three shots over fellow Saskatonian Aricin Franklin (79,74).

Another Bridge City player, Brady Guenther was third at 156 thanks to back-to-back rounds of 78, Gray’s Wyatt Frei was fourth at 157 (75,82), Ayden Ross of Swift Current rounded out the top-five at 158 with identical 79’s on the card.

Brandon, Man. Product Zostrianos Giordani-Gross took the overall boy’s title and the junior division with a 36-hole score of 149 (76,73).

Swift Current and Rocky Mountain College commit Makstyr McIntyre and Brayden Skene of Martensville tied for second place at 151.

Weyburn’s Darien herlick started his summer with a 153 (74,79) taking fourth place, Brody Sawchyn of Saskatoon picked up a top five finish with a score of 154 (79,75).

The complete results can be seen here. To see the updated 2024 OMT standings click here.

The next event on the schedule is the MJT Spring Classic in Swift Current at Elmwood Golf Club on May 18 to 20.

(All images courtesy Jeff Chambers)