Grace St-Germain Wins Ontario Junior Girls’ Match Play
July 4, 2013
Brighton, ON – Orleans, Ontario resident Grace St-Germain came out on top Thursday at the Ontario Junior Girls’ Match Play championship, defeating Kennedy Bodfield of St. Catharines in the final match.
The stage was set for an all-Team Ontario final after Bodfield defeated top seed Corrine Grans-Wood of Barrie in a tight semi-final match that lasted through 21 holes. In the other semi, St-Germain bested another provincial teammate, Annika Haynes of Oakville, to stamp her ticket to the finals.
Bodfield took charge out of the blocks before St-Germain was able to drop in a pair of birdies to square up the match through the turn and find her stride, taking the lead down the stretch. Bodfield wasn’t able to regain lost ground and the match ended with St-Germain earning a 2up victory over her teammate.
“Kennedy is a very strong competitor, and we played together as partners earlier this year at the Can-Am Matches in Myrtle Beach, so we had fun today,” said St-Germain.
The week was a grind for competitors, with soaring temperatures and humidity to contend with throughout the tournament.
“I focused on keeping my head in the game and taking things one hole at a time,” said St-Germain of her formula for success. “The course was beautiful, a little tricky, but in great condition.”
St-Germain will now try to keep the momentum going into next week’s Investors Group Ontario Junior Girls’ championship, set to take place at The Rock Golf Club in Muskoka from July 9-12, where she will take on the province’s best junior girls alongside her Team Ontario teammates.
The Ontario Junior Girls’ Match Play championship has been contested annually since 1982, with several notable past champions including LPGA Tour players Alena Sharp, Stephanie Sherlock and Jessica Shepley. The Golf Association of Ontario would like to thank the members and staff at Barcovan Golf Club for hosting the event for the fourth straight year, and for their continued support of amateur golf competition in Ontario.