Pochylko wins MJT National Championship

Saskatoon’s Chase Pochylko is a national Maple Leaf Junior Tour champion.

The 17-year-old posted rounds of 77, 66, and 70 this weekend at Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey, B.C. to claim the juvenile boys division with a 54-hole score of 213. He was five shots better than St. Albert, Alta. product Ethan Wilson.

Pochylko finished second overall in the event, Ryan Vest, a 15-year-old from Vernon, B.C. was the lowest shooter from the 6,670 yards the course was set at at 207.

Pochylko will receive and exemption into the IMG Junior World Florida Challenge from Dec. 18 – 20.

Theoren West of Wawota and Waskesiu golfer Guillermo Salazar were tied at 233. Saskatchewan junior champion Hunter Kutcher of Regina shot 236.

Tommy Danielson was the top local juvenile boy, he carded a three-round total of 235. Max Regier, also of Saskatoon was a shot behind Danielson at 236. Weyburn’s Darien Herlick shot 238, Ryan Chernoff of Estevan fired a 239.

The top Saskatchewan player in the bantam boys division was Kerr Cuddmore of Wawota. The 14-year-old shot 245. Warman’s Dane Giesbrecht finished with 249, Elias Haukeness shot 264 and Sucker River’s Dade Bernatchez put up a 265.

Aricin Franklin of Saskatoon placed fifth in the peewee boys age group. He shot 237 from 5,721 yards. Fellow Saskatoon golfer Lucas Sturgeon placed ninth at 252.

The complete results can be seen here.

*Golf Saskatchewan will have more from the event this week including reaction from Pochylko and others.