Ponoka Jr Open Leads Off Busy Week on Tour

The Ponoka Junior Open is one of the four remaining charter members of the McLennan Ross Junior Golf Tour, Presented by Crowe MacKay. Director of Golf Rob McPherson and Head Professional Ryan Moore and their team put on the usual excellent junior event in Ponoka, presenting a golf course in terrific condition and backed by superb organization. We had a season-high field of 11 junior girls on hand this morning, so we are going to lead off our results with their achievements.

Alyshia Suleman of the Royal Mayfair led a race to the wire today, firing an 86 to edge Jenna Bruggeman of the Derrick and Bruggeman's clubmate Kaitlyn Wingnean by a single stroke. Wingnean is the defending Srixon Order of Merit champion and was making only her second start on Tour this summer. Jayla Kucy of Camrose was another shot back in fourth with a fine 89, especially considering this youngster is only ten years old! With the larger number of girls on hand today, two spots were available for the season-ending Tour Championship and those coveted spots went to Suleman and Bruggeman, as Wingnean had previously qualified.

In the junior boys' division, Jordan Williamson of Balmoral GC in Red Deer continued his fine play on Tour this summer.  With two runner-up finishes so far this year on his resume, Williamson finally broke into the winners' circle this afternoon, firing a 78 to edge three players by one stroke. Brady McKinlay of Lacombe, Sikander Kaleka of Stony Plain, and Jordan Biollo of Pheasantback were all on 79 and left the course agonizing over that single stroke that would have got them into a playoff. Kaleka and Biollo snagged spots in the Tour Championship today, along with Wild Card qualifier Mitch Deslarlais (82) of Broadmoor, Will Holan (80) from the flight for boys born in 2000/2001, and Naoki Iwasaki (84) of Windermere from the flight for boys born in 2002 and later.

The Tour continues its Central Alberta swing tomorrow at Whitetail Crossing GC in Mundare, with stops on Wednesday at Montgomery Glen in Wetaskiwin and the Camrose GC on Thursday.  Spots are still open for all three events, but phone NOW to enter if you wish to compete.

Q = Player qualified for Tour Championship at Wolf Creek GR on August 29.

WC = Wild Card qualifier for Tour Championship.

PQ  = Player had previously qualified for Tour Championship.



Overall Top Ten:
  Name Home Club Score
1 Jordan WILLIAMSON Balmoral 78
T2 Sikander KALEKA Stony Plain 79
T2 Jordan BIOLLO Pheasantback 79
T2 Brady McKINLAY Lacombe 79
T5 Rylan PLANTE-CROUGH Innisfail 80
T5 Will HOLAN Blackhawk 80
7 Mitch DESLARLAIS Broadmoor 82
T8 Naoki IWASAKI Windermere 84
T8 Brain CHOW Public Player Club 84
T8 Nathan KASOWSKI Lewis Estates 84
Junior Boys Born 1997, 1998 AND 1999
  Name Home Club Score
1 Jordan WILLIAMSON Balmoral 78 PQ
T2 Jordan BIOLLO Pheasantback 79 Q
T2 SIkander KALEKA Stony Plain 79 Q
4 Rylan PLANTE - CROUGH Innisfail 80 PQ
5 Brian CHOW PPC 84
6 Layne BESMILLER Pine Hills 85
Junior Boys Born 2000 AND 2001
  Name Home Club Score
1 Brady McKINLAY Lacombe 79 PQ
2 Will HOLAN Blackhawk 80 Q
3 Mitch DESJARLAIS Broadmoor 82 WC
4 Nathan KASOWSKI Lewis Estates 84
5 Carlos BAGNI River Spirit 88
6 Eric BOUCK Camrose 89
Junior Boys Born 2002 and Later
  Name Home Club Score
1 Naoki IWASAKI Windermere 84 Q
T2 Devin KUCY Camrose 88
T2 Jace SHANNON Forestburg 88
4 Zack WALKER Forestburg 89
5 Tate BRUGGEMAN Derrick 94
6 Ben CRAWLEY Belvedere 95
Junior Girls
  Name Home Club Score
1 Alyshia SULEMAN Royal Mayfair 86 Q
T2 Kaitlyn WINGNEAN Derrick 87 PQ
T2 Jenna BRUGGEMAN Derrick 87 WC
4 Jayla KUCY Camrose 89 
5 Hailey TURCOTTE Mighty Peace 92
6 Ella GIFFORD   94

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