Edwards Shoots Low Score In MJT’s Rain-Shortened Wintergreen Stop

BRAGG CREEK, Alberta — A packed field of close to 90 young golfers on Canada’s number-one played junior golf tour teed it up in the MJT Alberta Series at Wintergreen Golf Club in Bragg Creek, AB, this week, where the 36-hole competition set for August 16 and 17 was abruptly shortened to 18 holes due to heavy rain affecting round two.  

Nolan Edwards, 18, of Okotoks, AB, who returned to the MJT this season after a three-year break, was awarded his first career win after shooting 72 in the MJT Junior Boys Division. “Going into the tournament I didn’t know what to expect as I had never played the course before,” commented Edwards. “I came in with the mindset of playing simple golf by avoiding risks and I’m glad my first round was able to secure the win.” Medicine Hat, AB, player Sam Bratvold, 19, after winning the previous MJT Alberta event, finished runner-up with a score of 73. Calgary, AB, golfer, Carter Code, 18, rounded the podium in third place with a score of 74.

Emerging at the top of a pack of five golfers in the MJT Juvenile Boys Division was 16-year-old Aneesh Kaura, of Calgary, AB, who shot 73. “After starting with a double, I kept stayed calm and trusted my game,” commented Kaura, who showed a spectacular bounce back after his start. “There’s always a great group of guys in contention and I was happy to pull through this time.” Finishing in a four-way tie for second with a score of 75 were Connor Cziriak, Kye Fisher, Zachary Haydamack, and Josiah Tong.

An opening round of 75 was enough for 14-year-old Aastha Savadatti, of Calgary, AB, to take home the division title in the MJT Girls 15-19 Division in style. “I felt pretty confident going into the tournament as I’d been playing pretty consistently,” commented Savadatti. “I played my own game and wasn’t worried about the rest of the field.” Runner-up was Calgary, AB, player Emily Cornwall, 18, who carded a score of 80.

The MJT Girls U15 Division saw returning champion Eileen Park, 12, of Red Deer, AB, shoot 80 to win the division title over Jordan Harvey, 14, of Calgary, AB (87). Park’s win at the MJT Alberta Series at Wintergreen Golf Club marked her seventh win this year on the MJT Alberta Junior Tour.

Charlie Gillespie continued his fine campaign this year in the MJT Bantam Boys Division. The 14-year-old from Calgary, AB, fired a score of 74 to win the shortened event by three shots. “I felt great going into this tournament after having back-to-back wins on the MJT tour,” commented Gillespie. “I made sure I did not get overly confident and played one shot at a time.” Tied for second place with a score of 77 were Brae Rogalczyk, 13, of Innisfail, AB, and Peyton Stahl, 14, of Priddis Greens, AB.

Calgarians finished in the top two spots in the MJT Peewee Boys Division at Wintergreen Golf Club. Eleven-year-old Ethan Parkinson fired a round of 79 to take home the division title by three shots over 12-year-old runner-up Evan Evaskavich (82). Full results can be viewed here

The Alberta Junior Tour next heads to Medicine Hat to host the MJT Alberta Series at Desert Blume Golf Club on August 30 and 31. More details can be found at www.maplejt.com.

About the MJT
The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour is Canada’s number one-played Junior Golf Tour as well as the only national junior tour run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals and the ‘Road to College Golf’ in Canada. The organization is supported by valued Premier, Tournament and Product Partners. The MJT hosts close to 90 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 12U and multi-day events for competitive players aged 11-19 which also offer qualifiers for international tournaments. The program has annual awards, scholarships and incentives to help reward performance and participation throughout each season. MJT alumni include many Professional Tour players and PGA of Canada Professionals, as well as Canadian Amateur, National and Provincial Junior Champions. The MJT aims to develop champions, in golf and in life, promoting the game from grassroots through to the provincial, national, university and professional levels.