Sparvier wins junior division at MJT Nationals

Drayjon Sparvier was able to meet PGA Tour star Adam Hadwin after his win at the MJT National Championship at Wigwam Golf Resort. (Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour/Facebook)

Saskatchewan had 10 players competing in Litchfield, Ariz. on the Remembrance Day long weekend at the 2023 Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) National Championship.

Heading the results was Ochapowace First Nation product Drayjon Sparvier who won the junior boys age category with a 54-hole score of 212, three ahead of Edmonton’s Ryan Garbutt. Sparvier, 19, carded rounds of 67, 76, and 69 at Wigwam Resort claiming the win in in his final MJT event.

Golf Saskatchewan spoke with Sparvier upon his return to Regina.

Kipling’s Winston Grayson and Carter Degelman of Saskatoon tied for 20th in the age group at 236.

Saskatoon’s Aricin Franklin fell just short of claiming the bantam boys age group. The 14-year-old Riverside Country Club competitor lost in a playoff after he was tied with Pitt Meadows, B.C. player Jaden August. Franklin shot rounds of 73, 71, and 69 for a 54-hole total of 213.

Ethan Hunter was the other Saskatchewan player in the bantam age division. The Casa Rio product opened with an 80 in round one, a 74 during the second round, he concluded the event with a 79 for a total of 233, he tied for 15th in the age group.

Brayden Skene of Martensville competed in the juvenile boys age group, as did Dane Giesbrecht of Warman. Skene tied for 26th at 233 (84,74,75) and Giesbrecht was 28th at 235 (75,75,85).

Pilot Butte youngster Austin Nesbitt placed fourth in the peewee boys age category. The 12-year-old Wascana Country Club member posted scores of 75, 77, and 74 for a three-day total of 226, six shots back of the winner.

In the women’s age groups of under-15 and 15 to 19 Saskatchewan had two players in Arizona competing. Tayla Perry of Regina placed fifth in the under-15 division shooting 87, 84, and 89 for a 54-hole score of 260.

Chloe Wills of Kyle was in the field for the older age group, the Sask. Landing Golf Resort member went 82, 87, 77 at Wigwam to finish in sixth place at 246.

The complete results can be found here.