Jake McNulty and Sonia Nagindas Victorious at Junior Spring Classic
Uxbridge, ON -The Golf Association of Ontario’s first junior tournament of the season wrapped up on Monday evening with Port Perry’s Jake McNulty and Aurora resident Sonia Nagindas crowned champions at the Investors Group Junior Spring Classic.
At Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge, McNulty fired a three-under par 69 Monday to edge out Windsor’s Bryce Evon by a single stroke and earn the Boys’ division title. The Granite Golf Club member carded four birdies, three bogeys and an eagle to climb the leaderboard Monday and top the field of 60 of Ontario’s best male junior golfers. McNulty is coming off a strong freshman year with the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams men’s golf team, and closed out his first provincial tournament of 2013 with a total score of 216 (72-75-69), even par.
Runner-up honours went to Evon, the 2012 Ontario Summer Games gold medalist. The 17-year-old put together three solid rounds of 74-71-72 to pick up the silver medal and finish with a total score of 217, one over par. Mississauga’s Andrew Lewis finished three strokes off the lead in third place with a total score of 219 (70-75-74) to earn the bronze medal.
The round of the tournament came from Welland’s Hanish Nagrani, who fired a blistering 66 on Monday to finish in fourth place. The Lookout Point Country Club member laid down seven birdies against a single bogey to make a run for the title after opening with an 82 on Saturday. Nagrani finished at four over par with a total score of 220 (82-72-66).
In the Juvenile Boys’ division (age 16 and younger) Team Ontario athletes claimed the top two spots; Conner Watt of Mississauga finished on top at 221 (75-74-72) followed by Carter Simon of Sutton West who finished a stroke back at 222 (77-75-70). Gavin McQueenie of Toronto finished in third place at nine over with a total score of 225 (71-73-81).
On the Girls’ side at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Stouffville, Nagindas went wire-to-wire to win her first provincial tournament title. The Team Ontario member’s steady play through all three rounds kept her at the top of the leaderboard as the Meadowbrook Golf and Country Club member delivered rounds of 77-79-78 to hoist the trophy.
The 15-year-old feels her game has progressed strongly over last year, where she finished 19th in the same event.
“My game is a lot more consistent this year and this win is very exciting because it’s the first tournament of the season,” said Nagindas of her steady performance. “I try to keep myself calm, do my routine and focus on one shot at a time.”
Next up for Nagindas is the CN Future Links Ontario event next weekend at Listowel Golf Club where she will be up against many of the same competitors.
Second place went to 12-year-old Monet Chun of Richmond Hill. The Summit Golf and Country Club member and youngest player on Team Ontario closed out her event with a total score of 236 (78-80-78) to pick up the silver medal, while Toronto’s Ana Peric finished four strokes off the lead at 238 (83-78-77) in third place.
The Investors Group Junior Spring Classic Championship is a 54 hole stroke play competition contested annually over the Victoria Day long weekend that features many of Ontario’s best male and female junior golfers. The field of competitors gained entry to the competition through a qualifying process earlier in the season. The Golf Association of Ontario would like to thank Wooden Sticks Golf Club and Sleepy Hollow Country Club for hosting the event as well as Investors Group for their continued support of amateur golf in Ontario.