Laurence Lamer and Logan Boucher victorious
Laurence Lamer and Logan Boucher, overall champions
Chad Huber and Lydia St-Pierre, bantam champions
Montréal, August 25, 2019 – Thanks to her steadiness, Laurence Lamer (Rosemère) was able to make a comeback, this Sunday, to win the 14th edition of the Graham Cooke Junior Invitational presented by Daigneau, eau de source naturelle in collaboration with Turkish Airlines, at Château Bromont. As well, Logan Boucher (Summerlea) concluded his second round with two birdies, securing a comfortable lead to capture the junior boys’ title.
At the completion of the first round, Emily Romancew (Elm Ridge) who had played 70 (-2) was the only competitor with a score under par. She was ahead of Laurence Lamer (+1) and Mathilde Denicourt (Pinegrove, +2).
From the beginning of the second round, the new champion quickly took the lead of the field with two birdies while Romancew committed two bogeys.
Laurence Lamer (147, +3) maintained her pace up to the very last hole where she made a double bogey, without jeopardizing her final score. Meanwhile, Emily Romancew experienced quite a difficult day on the course of Château Bromont where she signed a card of +8 to cumulate 150 (+6). Marie-Ève Pilon (Montcalm) completed the top-3 at 154 (+10).
“Overall, everything went well. I am very satisfied with my performance. We played another tournament, here, at the beginning of the summer and my score had been higher. I’m glad that I was able to reduce it,” explained Lamer who was also crowned at the U25 Championship held at Val des Lacs in mid-June. According to her, playing on the same course and acquiring experience helped her improve her game. “My putting was not at its best this weekend, but I’ve played this course quite a few times before, so I knew it well. I was able to control the speed and read the putting lines to capture the victory.”
Still in the junior category, the end of the tournament was quite fierce in the boys’ division. Leader of the field for most of the day, Jean-Philippe Parr (Ki-8-Eb) finally tied for 2nd with Malik Dao (Summerlea). An unfortunate mistake committed on hole #16 led Parr to make a double bogey when his ball rolled out of the green. While the two competitors cumulated +2, Logan Boucher (Summerlea) captured the opportunity to take the lead and earn the title with a cumulative score of 142 (-2).
In his opinion, all participants benefited from exceptional playing conditions this weekend at Domaine Château Bromont. “It was a great competition and I had a lot of fun with the other boys. When I show up for a tournament, I always try to win and I am very proud that I was able to play well,” he confided after the final round.
Last year, Laurent Desmarchais (Vallée du Richelieu) has set the record of all junior tournaments when he played 62 (-10) in the first round of this event. He had eventually captured the victory, just like Elizabeth Labbé (Lorette) who tied for 7th this year at +15.
A second consecutive title for St-Pierre
Once again, Lydia St-Pierre (Royal Québec) captured the bantam title, this Sunday, as she had done in 2018. This year, St-Pierre registered a cumulative score of +14 to successfully defend her title ahead of Anne-Léa Lavoie (Stoneham, +17).
“I did not start the day (Sunday) very well, but I was able to regain my focus and complete the round the way I normally play. Anne-Léa is quite a good golfer and she was a strong opponent. My drives were not so good, but my putting skills saved the day,” mentioned St-Pierre who also won the Provincial Junior Match Play Championship less than a week ago as well as the Pee-Wee and Bantam Classic held at the very beginning of the provincial junior golf season.
In the boys’ division, Chad Huber (Whitlock) captured the bantam title with a cumulative score of +4. A 4-under round enabled him to maintain his lead this Sunday. Guillaume Paquette (Gray Rocks, +9) as well as George Siozos (Rosemère, +10) and Félix Prud’homme (Club Laval-sur-le-Lac, +10) are completing the top-3.
A total of 160 young players were competing this weekend. There is only one event left on the schedule of the Provincial Junior Tour. The Inter-Regional Championship will take place at the Stoneham Golf Club on September 14 and 15.
Written by Sportcom for Golf Québec
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