Dao and Vandette, crowned at the Junior Championship
Céleste Dao and Christopher Vandette, champions
Montréal, July 20, 2017 – Golf Québec identified two new champions, this Thursday afternoon, at the Club de golf Beauceville where the Provincial Junior Championship was held. Christopher Vandette and Céleste Dao, both members of the Summerlea Golf and Country Club, were crowned in the Provincial Junior Tour presented by Daigneau, Eau de source.
Another victory for Vandette
At 15 years old, Christopher Vandette maintained a steady pace throughout the first three rounds of the event and started the final round of the competition with the leading cumulative score of 69-69-70 (-5). Despite a final score of 75 (+4), he was able to capture the coveted title with a 1-stroke advance on Louis-Alexandre Jobin-Colgan of Cap-Rouge. A combination of sixteen birdies offsetting 11 bogeys and 2 double bogeys enabled him to be the only player to complete the whole event under par. This is the fourth victory registered by Vandette this summer. In addition, based on his age category, he also earned the provincial juvenile title.
Jobin-Colgan surely put pressure on the winner during the whole final round. Birdies on the 15th and 16th holes enabled the 17 year-old to rank second. Laurent Desmarchais of La Vallée du Richelieu registered a most spectacular first round of 65 (-7). He completed the tournament in third place with a cumulative score of 285 (1). As for Olivier Ménard of Whitlock, he had managed to lead the field after making birdies on the 15th and 16th. Unfortunately, consecutive bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes led him to finish 4th.
Céleste regains her double title
In the girls’ division, Brigitte Thibault of Club Laval-sur-le-Lac led the field since the very first round. As they prepared to tee off for their final rounds, her first two scores of 65 (-7) and 74 (+2) gave her a slim 1-stroke lead on Céleste Dao. Dao had registered a very impressive 66 (-5) in the second round to catch up with Thibault and improve her chances to regain the double title she had earned in 2015. Only one stroke behind as she reached the 18th starting green, Dao played the par and successfully recaptured the provincial as well as the juvenile titles with 211 (‑5). Meanwhile, Thibault completed the play of her final round with a double bogey and ranked second overall with a cumulative score of 212 (-4). As a result, she earned the junior title in the category of girls aged 17-18 years old.
The Nancy Walker Sportsmanship Award is presented to strive upon the importance of respecting fellow competitors, tournament officials, and the game of golf. This year, Sarah-Ève Rhéaume of Royal Québec was honoured in the vote cast by her fellow competitors.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Provincial Junior Championships are the pinnacle of the selection process to identify those who will be representing Golf Québec in the national championships.
The three (3) players representing Golf Québec at the Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship to be held in Kingston, Ontario, at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club, from July 31 to August 3, 2017, will be Christopher Vandette of Summerlea, Louis-Alexandre Jobin-Colgan of Cap-Rouge, and Olivier Ménard of Whitlock. They were the three (3) best players on the Boys Canadian Championship Quota Order of Merit of the current year as of July 20, 2017.
In the girls’ division, the three (3) players representing Golf Québec at the Canadian Junior Girls’ Championship to be held in Cumberland, Ontario, at Camelot Golf & Country Club, from August 1 to 4, 2017, will be Céleste Dao of Summerlea, Brigitte Thibault of Club Laval-sur-le-Lac, and Sarah-Ève Rheaume of Royal Québec. They were the three (3) best players on the Overall Girls’ Order of Merit as of July 20, 2017.
About Daigneau Eau de Source – As transparent as spring water
Daigneau is a Québec company specializing in the distribution of spring and distilled water. Founded in Valleyfield in 1977 by Lucien Daigneau, the company is now based in the Montréal area. Since 1999, the company has been headed by Diane Rioux, president, a 25-year veteran of the food industry. Daigneau offers delivery of spring water in 11- and 18-litre bottles and a selection of water cooler models for rent (commercial only) or purchase. We serve greater Montréal and, like spring water, are transparent. For more information please visit http://daigneau.ca/en.
About Golf Québec – Initiate passions, build dreams
Golf Québec is the governing body of golf, which provides leadership and promotes the growth and development of amateur golf throughout the province, while preserving the integrity and traditions of the game. It has approximately 45,000 members in close to 235 golf clubs in the province of Québec and Eastern Ontario. Some of Golf Québec’s core services include the Golf in Schools Program at the elementary and high school levels, Golfmobile, CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program, First Drive, She Swings, She Scores, and the Junior Golf Development Centres (JGDC), the Rules of Golf, handicap and course rating services, Golf Fore the Cure, as well as the Québec Golf Hall of Fame. In addition, Golf Québec conducts regional and provincial amateur championships. For more information please visit www.golfquebec.org.
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