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Young White Rock golfer wins junior championship at The Hills at Portal

Clara Ding, 12, secures win and spot in 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship
Golfers prepare for their tee time at The Hills at Portal competition in South Surrey on Thursday, Oct. 5. (Tricia Weel photo)

A young Semiahmoo Peninsula golfer had a successful Thanksgiving weekend on the golf course.

White Rock’s Clara Ding, 12, and Edmonton’s Tate Bruggeman won the NextGen Fall Series West Championship at The Hills at Portal Golf Club in South Surrey on Saturday, Oct. 7, according to a post on the Golf Canada website.

Ding played five under 67 on Saturday in the junior girls division, finishing the tournament at even par to secure the championship.

The five-under 67 score set a women’s competitive record at the golf club, with Ding finishing five shots over Rose Zhiyan Chen of Langley.

Her 75-74-67-216 total score also lands her a spot in the 2024 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

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In addition, Ding also won the Bantam girls division, the website notes.

The field of 92 amateur golfers (66 junior boys and 26 junior girls) competed over 54 holes for three spots (each) into their respective junior championships next summer.

– Peace Arch News staff

Tricia Weel

About the Author: Tricia Weel

I’m a lifelong writer, and worked as a journalist in community newspapers for more than a decade, from White Rock to Parksville and Qualicum Beach, to Abbotsford and Surrey, from 2001-2012
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