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Trio of young guns claim titles in CJGA Mizuno Junior Championship

Three champions were crowned yesterday at the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Championships.
Three champions were crowned yesterday at the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Championships.
Canadian Junior Golf Association

Johnny Travale of Hamilton, Kennedy Bodfield of St. Catharines and Keaton Gudz of Victoria overcame the stress yesterday as all three juniors won their respective divisions at the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship at Rockway Vineyards Golf Course in St. Catharines.

Bodfield rallied from a three-stroke deficit today to capture the Girls 11-19 division. Bodfield, a member of Rockway Vineyards Golf Course, played consistently by shooting her third four-over 76 of the week to win by three shots. Eunice Hong of Thornhill, ON, was looking to capture her division wire-to-wire, but slipped to a 10-over 82.

Hong was still able to finish second though with a four-day total of 24-over 312. Rounding out the top-three was Oceane Jacques of Valcartier, QC, who shot the low-tournament score in the Girls division when she posted a stellar bogey-free round of two-under 70.

Travale carded an under-par score for the third consecutive day as he blew away the field in the Boys 14 and Under division with a four-day total of five-under 283.

He recorded three birdies and a clutch eagle on 16 en route to shooting a four-under 68, which was the lowest score of the tournament. Finishing T2 were Marco Trstenjak of Winnipeg and Matthew Anderson of Mississauga. They finished with four-day totals of plus-three 291.

The Boys 15-19 division came down to the wire between Gudz and Josh Montgomery of Ancaster, ON.

Gudz ended up the victor after he played incredibly steady by carding 11 consecutive pars from holes 8-18 to win by two-shots.

Falling just short of the championship and finishing in second-place, Montgomery recorded a four-day total of two-over 290.

Brad Currier of Oakville was able to nail down third-place after shooting a three-over 75 and finishing with a four-day total of plus-five 293.

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