Champs crowned in junior golf tour 0
Dan McCausland of Access Credit Union, Chris Worley, tour organizer with Pembina Valley Junior Golf Tour winners Jesse Enns, Bart Kaminski, Spencer Norrie with Keith Norrie of Access Credit Union. Missing was Maddux Matychuk.
By Lorne Stelmach
They led the way through much of the inaugural Pembina Valley Junior Golf Tour and came out on top as the event concluded this week with the final round at Minnewasta in Morden.
The overall champions crowned in the tour sponsored by Access Credit Union were Maddux Matychuk in the 2001-2003 age category, Spencer Norrie in 1999-2000, Bart Kaminski in 1996-1998 and Jesse Enns in 1993-1995.
The tour was part of the various events to help mark 2012 as the 50th anniversary of Minnewasta.
With the sponsorship of Access Credit Union, the tour took place at six courses where it has branches - Morden, Miami, Morris, Gretna, Winkler and Carman.
The tour succeeded in not only benefitting the courses but also the players and the game of golf in the region.
"The idea was that we involve kids from any community in the Pembina Valley who wanted to play," said Chris Worley, head pro at Morden's Minnewasta Golf and Country Club - one of six sites for the tour.
"It's just something more for our juniors to do. If it gets more kids involved at the end of the day, that's a good thing," he added.
"It's exciting for the kids. It's good because it's not just for the best golfers in the region. It's for anybody who wants to play. And how do kids get better? By playing. So it's good for growing the game in the region."
Each week, there was one event at one of the six participating courses with each event having prizes for that day, and points accumulated over the tournament schedule to crown the overall champions in each age division.
Matychuk took three firsts through the first four rounds and was second in the final two rounds to Trent Crane, who took round six with a nine hole score of 46 followed by Matychuk at 54.
Other final round scores included Rachonne Henry at 62, Eaton Worley at 63, Tom Friesen at 64, Riley Goertzen at 67, Cullin Driedger and Mackenzie Holness at 69, Cameron Brunn at 74 and Tyler Park at 75.
In the 1999 - 2000 category, Spencer Norrie took the honours with a couple of firsts through the six rounds as well as seconds and thirds. In round six, he equaled the 84 shot by Marcus Neufeld who won the round.
The top five in round six included Quinton Henry at 86, Dylan Dacquay at 89 and Caydon Klassen and Rylan Metcalf tied at 90.
Other final rounds scores included Matt Fehr at 91, Noah Robidoux at 99, Aaron Brunn and Riley Shore at 101, Oren Worley and Matthew Friesen at 103, Ryan Thiessen at 106, Keane Boucher at 107, Jordan Deamel at 111, Mitch Penner at 123, Noah Goertzen at 129 and Robbie Driedger at 131.
Bart Kaminski took the 1996-1998 category by winning five of the six rounds with the only blemish being a fourth place in round four.
Kaminski took the final round with a 78 followed by Martin Friesen and Chad Orchard tied at 84. Rounding out the top five in the final round were Mason Metcalf and Ben Woelk at 87.
Other final round scores included Jayden Cox at 97, Scott Adamson at 98, Devon Thiessen at 101, Joey McNair at 104, Jesse Warkentine at 115, Johnathon Vermette at 121, Kaleb Hunt at 123 and Nathan Holness at 124.
And in the 1993 - 1995 category, Jesse Enns clinched the overall title with a final round victory by shooting an 80 for his fourth win in the six rounds. Josh McCharles was second in the final round with a 90 followed by Bobby McNair at 96 and Brad Fehr at 97.