Owen Kim Wins Ontario Junior Boys’ Spring Classic on First Playoff Hole
Shelburne, ON – Over the three-day tournament, Golf Ontario and competitors have been lucky to avoid forecasted rain at Shelburne Golf and Country Club. With a light drizzle starting this morning in Shelburne, the competition heated up for a nail-biting final round of Junior Boys’ Spring Classic action. Going down to the wire with a playoff, the champion of the 25th Annual Junior Boys’ Spring Classic is Owen Kim (Blue Springs GC).
The Team Ontario athlete drained a 20+ foot birdie on the first playoff hole to defeat fellow Team Ontario teammate, Ryan Somerville (Summit Golf and Country Club), and Andre Zhu (National Pines Golf Club). The trio finished the tournament all eight-under (205) after three days. Following close behind at six-under was Austin Matthews (Bigwin Island Golf Club). Another trio of competitors finished at -5 (208) including Andreas Diogenous (Whistle Bear Golf Club), also of Team Ontario, Liam Mosher (Hamilton Golf & Country Club) and Tyler Hurtubise (Pointe West Golf Club).
Kim said “it felt so good. I haven’t won in a few years, felt so good to come back and have a great victory!” When asked about his winning putt Kim exclaimed, “it felt like it was going in, I knew it walking up to it. I putted so well today.”
*Kim and Zhu, both will share the Juvenile Champion title, which is awarded every year for the top (U17) player. The top 5 from this tournament earn a spot in the 2021 Canadian Junior Championship, from Club de golf de la Valee du Richelieu, August 9-12. In addition, Kim lands a spot in the 2021 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship at Ambassador Golf Club, August 1-5.
Golf Ontario would like to thank the players, staff, and volunteers for their support of the Ontario Junior (U19) Boys’ Spring Classic Championship. To Shelburne Golf and Country Club and the Young’s Family, and all their hard-working staff, thank you for hosting at such a beautifully maintained course. A big thank you to the volunteers, as you are extremely valuable and we appreciate the time you take out of your week to assist. Lastly, a huge thank you to our sponsors and partners; Adidas, Taylor Made, Golf Talk Canada, Play Golf Myrtle Beach, Humber College, HUB International, BioSteel, Golf Genius, Modern Golf, Dormie, Durham Artificial Grass, Foresight Sports Canada, Baka, Nikon, Solo Golf, and Sport Travel. We are grateful for your continued support.
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About the Junior Spring Classic (U19) Championships
The Junior Spring Classic (U19) Championship is contested annually over the Victoria Day long weekend and 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.
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