Wills breaks Elmwood Golf Club record on route to MJT win

Chloe Wills is the new owner of the Elmwood Golf Club’s women’s course record after posting a 69 in the final round of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) Spring Classic this past weekend.

The Kyle product and member at Saskatchewan Landing Golf Resort posted the record-breaking round on Victoria Day leading to a win in the 15 to 19 women’s category. Wills shot 80 in round one, and 79 during the second round before going three-under par over the final 18 holes to take the championship by 13 shots.

In second was Swift Current’s Niya Friesen, she finished at 241 (83,79,79), Camrose, Alta. golfer Jayla Kucy was third at 244 thanks to rounds of 84, 83, and 77.

In the under-15 women’s division, it was Calgary’s Sela Ogada taking the win, edging Saskatoon Grace Odnokon by a single stroke. Odnokon opened the 54-hole event with an 80, she followed that with a 71 on day two, the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club member finished with an 83, just missing out on the win with a score of 234.

Just three peewee boys were in the event, Oscar Gosgnach was the winner shooting 225, Regina’s Jun Lee was second at 234 (76,73,85), Kellen Hunter of Casa Rio, Sask. was third at 283.

Winning the bantam boys’ category was Chase Strang of Airdrie, Alta. The top Saskatchewan player in the under-15 age group was Austin Nesbitt of Pilot Butte. The 12-year-old was just three strokes back of the winner despite being two years younger. Nesbitt was very consistent on the weekend, going 75, 73, 75, tying for third at 223.

Lucas Sturgeon of Saskatoon rounded out the top-five at 225 (82,73,70).

Alberta golfers took the juvenile and junior age groups at the event as well.

Jalen Apedoe of Calgary took the juvenile (under-17) and overall title with a score of 215. The top juvenile from Saskatchewan was Aricin Franklin of Saskatoon who shot 229 (80,77,72), 14 back of the champion.

Two other Bridge City players rounded out the top five of th,e division, Oliver Matyczuk was fourth at 233 (71,77,85) and Jack Maharaj was fifth at 234 (85,73,76).

Strathmore’s Parker Riou won the junior group in a playoff with Zaiden Dennis of Calgary after both players shot 226 over the three rounds.

Weyburn’s Darien Herlick was in the hunt, tying for third at 227, just a stroke back.

Myles Johnson of Martensville was seventh at 231.

The full results can be seen here.

The Saskatchewan Junior Order of Merit (OMT) standings have been updated, to see the rankings after two events, click here.

The next event on the Junior OMT is the MJT Maui Jim Series at Wildwood Golf Course in Saskatoon on June 1 and 2.