National Championships – 2009 Highlights
Weather threatened to delay play in the early afternoon of the first day but the sky cleared and hot but good weather prevailed for the entire three days of the Eighteenth Annual National Optimist Junior Golf Championships. 184 junior golfers were able to comfortably compete in the six age divisions.
Boys 16 – 18 Division – Half a dozen players had a realistic chance of winning this division in the medal round. Mitchel Kennedy of Scarborough, Ontario and Brett Maue of St. Agatha, Ontario were tied at 147 after 36 holes. Brett had some trouble early in his round while Mitchel was on his way to a under par round of 68 to clinch the Championship by 8 strokes. Hunter McCarroll of Prescott, Ontario and Javier Diaz of Woodbridge, Ontario shot a 73 and 74 respectively to finish the tournament at 223.
Boys 14 - 15 Division – Brett McIntosh of London, Ontario was a model of consistency shooting 71-72-72 for a 215 tournament total. This performance matched that of Mitchel Kennedy of the boys 16 – 18 division. Brett had a 3 stroke lead based on his 1 under par opening round. He was never pressed although second place finisher Paul Doig from Seaforth, Ontario shot a fine 76-73-71 – 220 for the tournament.
Boys 12 - 13 Division – John Boncoddo of Brantford, Ontario held a 2 stroke lead over Hanish Nagrani of Welland, Ontario shooting par in the second round. The two players had a competitive medal round with Hanish turning in a par round to nip John by a stroke.
Boys 10 – 11 Division – This division proved to be a shootout between Max Clift of Kitchener, Ontario and Brendan Seys of Port Lambton, Ontario. Brendan had a 3 stroke lead heading into the final round. Max posted a 78 to go with his previous rounds of 79 and 77 to edge Brendan by one stroke.
Girls 15 - 18 Division – Robyn Doig of Seaforth, Ontario led this division from day one. She shot 74 in the final two rounds to post a 227 tournament total. Laura DeMarco of LaSalle, Ontario had a 242 tournament total to place second.
Girls 10 – 14 Division – Alyssa Getty of Leamington, Ontario came in with a 74 on the first day to a take a 4 stroke lead over Brooke Henderson from Smith Falls, Ontario. Courtney Tolton of Mitchell, Ontario and Alyssa both shot 78 in second round. Courtney pulled within one stroke of Brooke while Alyssa stretched her lead to 7 storkes. Brooke had the best medal round score of 74 however; Alyssa cruised to a comfortable 3 stroke win.Each of the six Division Champions received an exemption to the prestigious 2010 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition, the top three finishers in each division have a bye to the 2010 Canadian Optimist Junior Golf National Championships