Luke Smith (Thornhill) and Michelle Xing (Station Creek) capture Ontario Junior Match Play titles

Port Hope, ON – Tight and exciting competition played out on the final day of the 2022 Ontario Junior Boys & Girls Match Play Championship from Port Hope Golf and Country Club.

The final four boys featured matchups between Adam Brenton (Galt Country Club) and Domenic De Luca (The National Golf Club of Canada), and Team Ontario Member Luke Smith (The Thornhill Club) versus Gregor Lawson (Shelburne Golf & Country Club). Shauna Liu (Station Creek Golf Club) and Rozlyn Rooke (Blue Springs Golf Club), and Michelle Xing (Station Creek Golf Club) against Emma Hansen (Blue Springs Golf Club), formed the girl’s matches.

De Luca would win his semi-final matchup 2UP, after battling back and forth for the lead with Brenton. Smith would go on to win his semi-final matchup on a playoff hole after being down early to his opponent Lawson.

Liu and Rooke also settled their match in a playoff. Liu would sink the putt on the 3rd hole to secure the victory and a spot in the final. Michelle Xing would move onto the finals following an exhilarating ending to her match with Hansen.

De Luca got off to a great start in the boys’ final matchup. He would take an early two hole lead before Smith began to crawl his way back and take a lead of his own. The lead changes would continue until the boys found themselves even after 17 holes of play. On the 18th, Smith played a perfect tee shot and approach, followed by a two-putt for the win.

The girl’s final match was just as exciting as Xing and Liu bounced back and forth with the lead, unable to settle the match in regulation. On the first playoff hole, Xing stuck her approach close to the pin and would go on to secure her second Golf Ontario Provincial Championship in less than a month.

 JUNIOR BOYS LEADERBOARD

JUNIOR GIRLS LEADERBOARD.

Golf Ontario would like to thank all the players, staff, and volunteers for supporting the 2022 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys & Girls Match Play Championship. Thanks to Port Hope Golf & Country Club for hosting this incredible event. Lastly, thanks to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, StrackaLine, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, and Sport Travel.

About the Ontario Junior Boys & Girls (U19) Championship

The Junior Boys’ Match Play Championship has been contested since 1998, featuring Ontario’s top amateur male golfers age 18 and under. Results from four qualifiers determine the field. Notable past champions include Matt McQuillan, Justin Shin, Stephane Dubois, and Jon Boncoddo.

The Ontario Junior (U19) Girls Match Play Championship is contested annually and features Ontario’s top 32 amateur female golfers aged 18 and under. Players can earn their way into the championship through the Jr. Girls Spring Classic and the Ontario Jr. Girls Championship. Notable past champions include Alena Sharp, Stefi Markovich, Christina Yoon, Elizabeth Tong and Grace St-Germain.

About Golf Ontario

Golf Ontario is Ontario’s Provincial Sport Organization focused on enhancing participation, elevating performance, and supporting the passion of golfers in Ontario. With over 100,000 individual members and 500 member clubs, Golf Ontario is one of the largest golf associations in the world. From rating courses and keeping the integral rules of the game intact to growing the game at the grassroots level and hosting the best amateur tournaments in Canada, Golf Ontario is a passionate group dedicated to Shaping Lives Through Golf.

 

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