Over 100 kids enjoy MJT’s Ford Event in Chilliwack

Vancouver, B.C. (May 1, 2017) – The sun came out over the weekend for the first in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT Ford Series of events for 2017, at Chilliwack Golf Club in Chilliwack, BC, April 29 and 30, where junior golfers were vying for titles in seven divisions as well as direct spots into the US Kids World Championship for 11 and 12 year olds.


The weekend’s event also featured a separate Ford Go Golf! Junior Clinic to introduce young kids to the game of golf for free courtesy of Ford Canada and Chilliwack Ford. For more information on the MJT’s Ford Go Golf! Junior Clinic program, please click here FORD Go Golf! Junior Clinics.


Girls U15: Emma Yang 14, of Langley, BC, shot 78,74=152 for an eight shot win over Angela Arora and Lauren Kim, both of Surrey, BC. Yang said the key to her win was, ‘putting and short game, and making some birdie putts, and it feels really great to win my first tournament of the year.’


MJT Girls 15-18: The title went to Alisha Lau, 17, of Richmond, BC, who was consistent all weekend, firing 73,74=147 for a three shot win over Cecile Kwon, 17, of Maple Ridge, BC. Lau stated, “It was my mental game that helped the most. I struggled with my game today, but I was able to keep my game together and grind it out. I just kept being patient for opportunities to score during the round.”


MJT Peewee Boys: Justin Bjornson, 11, of Surrey, BC, took the lead after day one by five strokes, and was able to bring it home with rounds of 73,76=149, an eight-stroke margin over second place Cooper Humphreys of Kelowna, BC. Bjornson credited his putts from 10 feet and in, saying that they were the best part of his game this weekend.


Bantam Boys 13-14: Bailey Bjornson, 13, of Surrey, BC completed the “Bjornson Double,” posting rounds of 74,71 = 145 to narrowly edge Andy Luo, 14, of Burnaby, BC. Bjornson said his putting and chipping were on point. “I feel good as I played well and was well prepared for the event.”


MJT Juvenile Boys 15-16: John Morrow, 16, of Delta, BC, claimed this first Juvenile Boys Crown with rounds of 76,71= 147. The second round of 71 propelled him to a four-shot victory over Aidan Goodfellow, 16, of Parksville, BC. “It felt great to win, the competition was really good, and to pull out my first win feels good.”


MJT Junior Boys 17-18: Andy Kim, 17, of Langley, BC, took home major honors this past weekend, as he claimed both his division’s Golf Town Performance Award for best second day improvement along with the Junior Boys title after shooting rounds of 76, 71=147, allowing him to narrowly take first place by one stroke over both Mitchell Thiessen, 18, of Chilliwack, and Willis Lee, 18, of Langley. “My shots kept me in play, which helped me – it is always fun winning,” said Kim.


Collegiate Men 19-23: The wind came up later on day two, and the Collegiate division faced the most demanding conditions of the weekend. Seowon Chang 19, of Abbotsford, BC, shot 151 over two days to win his division, as his 71 on day one allowed him to breathe a little easier on day two. Sikander Kaleka, 19, of Spruce Grove, AB, came in second place.


For the PLYR Long Drive, PLYR Closest-to-the-Pin and all the Golf Town Performance Award winners, please visit the Ford Series at Chilliwack Results page. The age-specific spots into the US Kids World Championship went to Lauren Kim, Justin Bjornson and Cooper Humphreys.

The next Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour stop in British Columbia is the MJT Lindsay Kenney Classic / IMG Academy Junior World Qualifier at Pagoda Ridge Golf Club in Langley on May 6 and 7, followed by a MJT Mini Tour event for players 12 and under at Tsawassen Springs in Tsawwassen on May 14For more information or to register, please visit  www.maplejt.com or call 1-877-859-4653.

About the MJT: The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour presented by Boston Pizza 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 presented nationally by Boston Pizza and supported by valued Premier, Tournament and Product Partners. The MJT hosts more than 70 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 7-12 year olds, the Collegiate Tour for 19-23 year olds, and multi-day events for competitive players aged 11 to 18 which are also qualifiers for international competitions. The program offers annual awards, scholarships, and frequent player incentives to help reward player's 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 provincial, national, university and professional level. For more information on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, please visit www.maplejt.com


About Ford Canada: Ford of Canada employs over 23,000 talented individuals in the fields of finance, sales and marketing, information technology, manufacturing and engineering, and human resources. This diverse workforce is responsible for the manufacturing and assembly operations that bring 320,000 vehicles and 425,000 engines to market. At Ford we are proud to be Canada’s longest-established automaker and remain committed to building a strong future in Canada.


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