Romancew and Clément win the Assante Optimiste
Close to forty juniors earned a place for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship
Montréal, June 16, 2019 – A total of 246 young golfers from Québec and Eastern Ontario gathered this Sunday at the Glendale Golf Club for the final round of the 12th Assante Optimiste Classic presented by Daigneau, Eau de source in collaboration with Turkish Airlines.
Throughout the day, the young players competed to qualify for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship, one of the largest and best-known junior golf tournaments in the world. Altogether, close to forty juniors earned a place for the International Championship to be held from July 16 to 31 at the prestigious Trump National Doral Resort, in Florida.
A second consecutive title for Romancew
Montréal resident Emily Romancew dominated the second round with a score of 75 (+4) which led her to be crowned amongst girls of 15-18 years old. This was the second consecutive victory in this event for the Elm Ridge golfer who tied her 2018 overall score of +7 (150).
“The weekend was not very easy, especially with yesterday’s rain (Saturday). Playing conditions were a much better today and we had a lot of fun in my threesome. It is quite amazing to win, here, and earn the chance to go to Florida. I must say that the organizers are doing a wonderful job to accommodate every young participant. It feels like they are rewarding our hard work and they want to help us fulfill our dreams,” said Romancew who won with a 2-stroke lead on her closest rival, Marie-Ève Pilon (Montcalm, + 9). Lory Paradis (Mirage, +12) ranked third.
In the other girls’ divisions, Isabelle Ferguson of Kanata won amongst the 13-14-year-olds with a cumulative of + 13 (156) and Carlee Meilleur (9-12 years old), representing Landings Golf Club, registered a scorecard of 78 (+6). By doing so, she also established a tournament record in her age group.
Emile Lebrun (Pee-Wee), and Antoine Jasmin (Bantam)
A fierce competition in the boys’ division
Alexis Clément (Drummondville) and Thomas Vallières (Victoriaville) gave quite a show to those who followed the last group to tee-off today. Despite his round of -3, which brought him to register an overall score of 143, Vallières was defeated by Clément who played the par for a final cumulative score of 142.
“This is unbelievable! I have been looking forward to competing in the International Championship for so long and worked so hard to get there. I am just ecstatic right now! When I reached the green of the last hole, I saw how close this competition was. I played my best and won. Now, I really hope that I will get to go down to Florida to compete in the international event,” mentioned Clément following his victory.
Other excellent performances were registered in the boys’ division. They include Samuel Breton Gagnon (Royal Québec GC, 14-15 years old) who was crowed in his respective category with +4, Emile Lebrun (Club de Golf Ile de Mont, 12-13 years old) with +9, and Charles-Edmond Proulx (Vallée du Richelieu, 11-12 years old) with +6.
On Monday, the Golf Québec team will resume its activities at the U25 Championship to be held from June 17 to 20 at Club de golf Val des Lacs, in Sainte-Sophie.
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