Malik Dao and Lydia St-Pierre crowned
Lydia St-Pierre and Malik Dao, winners of the Provincial Junior Match Play Championship
Montréal, August 21, 2019 – Malik Dao of Summerlea and Lydia St-Pierre of Royal Québec are the new champions of the Provincial Junior Match Play presented by Daigneau, eau de source naturelle in collaboration with Turkish Airlines.
A total of forty golfers took part in the 24th edition of this event which was held, for the second year, at the Knowlton Golf Club located in the Eastern Townships. Last year, Laurent Desmarchais of La Vallée du Richelieu and Mathilde Denicourt of Pinegrove captured the victory as the Édouard-Grondin Trophy was introduced for the first time in memory of this young member of the host club who has passed away in a car accident.
This year, Malik Dao earned the title in the boys’ division by winning his final match 3-2 against Alexis Clément of Drummondville. A mistake committed by Clément on hole #16 was decisive and led Dao to the victory.
“The competition had been so tight during the whole match and, then, Clément’s ball landed out of the course on the 16th hole. It changed everything,” explained Guy Normand of Golf Québec. “Malik had a very good week. Actually, his whole 2019 golf season is excellent. He simply maintained his performing pace throughout the tournament,” added Mr. Normand.
From the beginning of the championship, on Monday, Dao proved his superiority. He won his first match 8-6 against Hans Garon (Lorette). Then, he defeated Nicolas Godbout (Lorette) 3-2, eliminated Félix-Antoine Levasseur (Godefroy) 2-1, and won 5-4 against Mathis Rollin (Camelot) to reach the final round.
To face Dao on the last day of the event, Clément had defeated Shawn Robillard (Venise), Mikael Pageau (Rivermead), Justin Fedele (Whitlock), and Jean-Philippe Denicourt (Pinegrove) in his previous matches.
Lydia St-Pierre at the top of the podium
In the girls’ competition, Lydia St-Pierre (Royal Québec) captured the victory by scoring 2-1 against Yasmine Qureshi (Lorette).
“Every single match was very close today. Lydia was quite dominant throughout the week and she stayed in control from day 1 to her very last putt,” mentioned Guy Normand.
The new champion benefitted from a bye in the second round of the event, on Tuesday. Her 3-2 victory against Annabelle Chapleau (Balmoral) in the quarterfinal and her score of 4-2 against Alicia Hénault (Drummondville) in the semi-final led her to compete for the title. Meanwhile, Yasmine Qureshi defeated Frédéricke Desbiens (Royal Québec) and Laurence Lamer (Rosemère) to face St-Pierre in the ultimate match. She also had a bye in her very first match.
Since 2018, a consolation flight is integrated in the tournament. As a result, every young golfer is guaranteed to play at least two rounds should they lose their first match. This year, Hugo Denis (Le Mirage) won against Alexandre Gélinas (Blainvillier) with a score of 2-1 in the boys’ division. In the consolation flight of the girls’ category, Anne-Léa Lavoie (Stoneham) won 2 up against Sarah-Maude Martel (Plessisville).
“The Knowlton Golf Club is a little paradise set in the Eastern Townships,” concluded Guy Normand. “We were received like queens and kings and so many volunteers generously contributed to the success of this year’s edition.”
The next leg of the Provincial Junior Tour will be the Graham Cooke Junior Invitational to be held from August 24 to 25 at Domaine Château-Bromont.
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