The MJT Boys 8U division’s top three: Bennett Love (right), Tiger Zhao (middle) and Matthew Cui. (submitted photo)

GOLF

Three young Surrey golfers are national champs after MJT tourney in Delta

Two-day event held at Tsawwassen Springs course

Preteen golfers from Canada’s western provinces took to Delta’s Tsawwassen Springs course during the MJT Mini Tour National Championship.

Three Surrey-based players topped the leaderboard after the two-day tournament, held Aug. 22 and 23.

Surrey’s Jonathon Xia, 9, came back from being down two shots after the first day to become the MJT Boys 9-10 national champ. Xia (79, 74 = 153) played his last six holes of the tournament at even par, including a birdie on 18 to secure the victory.

“I played good overall,” Xia said in a news release. “I was happy with all parts of my game.”

Another Surrey-based player, Jingwen (Anna) Dai, 11, won the MJT Girls 11-12 national title. Dai, who trailed by one shot after the first round, stayed consistent the entire second day, making 16 pars. “My driver was the strongest part of my game,” she said. “And I made all of my short putts.”

In the MJT Girls 8U Division, Surrey eight-year-old Sky (Haneul) Park shot back-to-back rounds of 80 to finish with a total score of 160.

Extra holes were needed in a playoff to crown the MJT Boys 8U National Champion after Bennett Love, 8, of Red Deer, and Tiger Zhao, 8, of Vancouver, both scored well from the 3,000-yard modified tee at Tsawwassen Springs and tied for the lead at a total score of 146 in their division. In the end, it was Love who stepped up on the first playoff hole and drained a seven-foot birdie putt to win the title.

11-year-old, Michael Li, of Vancouver, fired rock solid rounds of 73 and 76 (149) from the Blue Tees to become MJT Boys 11-12 national champion. Finishing four shots back in second place was Surrey’s Sukhraj Singh Gill, 11, who shot 79 and 74 (153). Third place sent to Andy Liu, 11, of Surrey, who scored 80 and 75 (155).

Full tournament results are posted on maplejt.com.

The non-profit MJT (Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour), presented by Boston Pizza, is billed as “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.

Later, at the MJT Big Max Series tourney in Whistler on Aug. 26 and 27, more than 70 young golfers played Whistler Golf Club during the final event of the summer season on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour.

In a battle of Surrey-based golfers aged 11, Andy Liu won the MJT Peewee Boys division over second-place finisher, Sukhraj Singh Gill. “Coming down the stretch, I knew that I was down by three shots,” Lui said. “I tried to keep in the good parts of my round and not think too much about the scores. In the end I caught up and won.”

Liu finished with scores of 75 and 72 (147) to win his first career MJT title. Gill carded scores of 76 and 74 (150) to finish three shots back.

Surrey’s Jingwen (Anna) Dai finished second in the MJT Girls U15 division in Whistler.



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

5,000 ducks race at Surrey beach

‘Ducktona’ event raises funds for Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 5

Seventh lane now open on Alex Fraser Bridge

Four lanes heading southbound, three heading northbound for now

Developer looks to build 25-storey office tower by Surrey mall

Proposed for site of former Best Buy store

Infant’s sudden death at Surrey complex for vulnerable women prompts police probe

Officials say child was two years or younger; won’t comment on cause of death until investigation complete

New survey aims to create a ‘vibrant downtown that all of Surrey can be proud of’

Downtown Surrey BIA’s 20/20 Vision project asks residents for input

VIDEO: Vancouver Island mayor details emergency response after fatal bus crash

Sharie Minions says she is ‘appalled’ by condition of road where bus crashed

Vancouver’s Tristan Connelly shocks the UFC world

Late replacement upsets big favourite Pereira, main event sees Gaethje stop Cerrone in round one

UVic president offers condolences after two students killed in bus crash

‘We also grieve with those closest to these members of our campus community,’ Cassels says

Coming Home: B.C. fire chief and disaster dog return from hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

The pair spent roughly one week on Great Abaco Island assisting in relief efforts

Newcomer Ferland lines up with sniper Pettersson as Vancouver Canucks camp opens

Ferland provides more depth and a scoring threat up front, Pettersson says

Intelligence official charged seemed to be ‘exemplar of discretion’: UBC professor

Professor Paul Evans says he served on Cameron Ortis’s doctoral dissertation committee

B.C. company gets licence to test psychedelic drugs for therapy treatment

Salvation Botanicals interested in manufacturing, testing and research and development

B.C. police watchdog to investigate man’s head injury during RCMP arrest

Suspect fled on a bicycle and fell off when an officer attempted to stop him

‘A real shame’: B.C. MLA says factors behind Tolko mill closing should have been caught

Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson said the industry is in bad shape across the province

Most Read

l -->