Québec juniors in the spotlight in Drummondville
Lydia St-Pierre (bantam), Ann-Sophie Bourgault (pee-wee)
Drummondville, August 6, 2019 – Many junior golfers coming from everywhere in Québec and Eastern Ontario had the opportunity to shine, this Tuesday, at Club de golf de Drummondville where the 49th edition of the Provincial Bantam, Pee-Wee, and Mosquito Championship presented by Daigneau, eau de source naturelle in collaboration with Turkish Airlines was held.
Such was the case for Lydia St-Pierre (Royal Québec) who successfully defended her 2018 bantam title. Yet, this was not an easy achievement for the Lévis native who registered a cumulative score of +14 (158). While she admitted that she was hoping for a better performance, St-Pierre was still proud of the way she reacted in front of adversity.
“Everything was so difficult in the second round! My putts did not want to sink in… Fortunately, my tee shots were good and saved the day. In the end, it still felt quite good to defend my title! I tried to focus on my game and it paid off,” explained St-Pierre who won with a 6-stroke lead on Lauren Gervais (Kanata, 164) and Antonia Ho (Kanata, 164).
In the boys’ division, spectators were excited to witness the spectacular come back made by Thomas Lessard (Vallée du Richelieu). The young golfer managed to close up the 4-stroke gap that separated him from the leader, Chad Huber (Whitlock), before making a birdie on the very last hole. This performance led him to complete the tournament at +7 (151) and capture the bantam victory.
“I had such a good day! Even if I experienced a few bad holes, overall, I did pretty well. I think that my short game made the whole difference in the outcome of the tournament. I knew that I had to nail it on the last hole and my putt truly was instrumental to this victory,” confided Lessard when he accepted his commemorative plaque and gold medal.
Ranking second with 153, Huber was presented with the silver medal while
Guillaume Paquette (Gray Rocks, 155)
and Jared Lipski (Kanata, 155) tied
An outstanding performance by Lebrun
At the dawn of the second and final round, Émile Lebrun (Île de Montréal) and Henry Dao (Île de Montréal) were tied for first with +1 (73) in the pee-wee ranking. Throughout the Tuesday round, they fought neck to neck until Lebrun managed to defeat his friend when he registered an impressive final scorecard of -3 (69).
“Things went well for me today. I am very proud of my performance. I always dreamt of playing under 70 and I finally reached this personal goal,” mentioned Lebrun when he completed the competition with an overall score of -2 (142), a 6-stroke lead on Dao (148).
“Henry (Dao) and I get to play together once in a while and it is always a very tight competition! I really enjoyed myself in his company, this week,” he added.
In the girls’ division, Ann-Sophie Bourgault (Le Maître) dominated the whole competition and maintained her winning pace throughout the event. Bronze medalist in 2018, she captured the victory with a score of +10 (154) this year.
“I made a lot of putts in the first round and improved my game significantly today (Tuesday). My approach shots were excellent throughout the tournament and I made quite a few great tee shots too. I truly enjoyed myself and I’m also very proud of this title,” she said.
Traditionally, the mosquito competitors were only playing in the first round, on Monday, to crown their 2019 champions. After completion of the 18 holes, Claire Hu (Whitlock) captured the victory in the girls’ category with +25 (97).
In the boys’ division, Jimmy Galbraith (Le Maître) played +8 (80) and earned the title that he had missed by little last year.
The Provincial Junior Tour is now heading to the Knowlton Golf Club for the 24th edition of the Provincial Junior Match Play to be held from August 19 to 21. In the meantime, the Golf Québec team will visit the Cowansville golf club for the Men’s Provincial Senior Championship to be held from August 12 to 14.
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