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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Sports: Junior champs crowned at NOTL Golf Club
Club member Patty Garriock congratulates Keira Dexter on her championship win. (Supplied)
Gavin Tomczuk receives the bantam boys trophy from golf club staff member Owen Howells. (Supplied)
Junior boys champion Sam Walker, right, shot 85 to win a third consecutive title. He's pictured with pro shop staffer Owen Howells. (Supplied)

Familiar names topped the leaderboard at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club’s junior championships on Sunday.

Sam Walker was crowned junior boys champ and Keira Dexter took the junior girls title, both for the third consecutive time.

And Gavin Tomczuk was named bantam boys champion for the second time.

This Saturday and Sunday, the club hosts its annual championships for men and women.

“It was a stellar performance again from Sam Walker, to capture his third in a row,” said club pro Keith Vant.

“He held a one-stroke lead heading into 18 over three other players. Staying calm he was able to make par to secure the victory as the rest made bogey.”

Walker shot 85 from the white-black tee decks and his competitors all had great rounds with a few ties for second at 87.

Dexter shot a solid 56 over nine holes and Tomczuk secured back-to-back championships by shooting 92 from the white tee decks.

Weekly League Results

Meanwhile, Don Allen’s 40 was tops in the men’s WOOFs league on Tuesday. Bernard Marlow won low gross with 31.

Brian McIntyre was closest to the pin on #4 and Billl Garriock won the hidden hole prize (#2).

In last Thursday men’s league competition, reigning club champ Ricky Watson was in fine form, carding a 2-under 34 and also totalling the most Stableford points, with 21.

Other winners: Patrick Craig (longest drive #1), Derek Merza (closest to the pin on #2 and #4), Al Demray (longest putt #6), Bill Smethurst (longest putt #7) and Glen Murray (closest to pin #9).

Gross skins winners were: Rick Janes (#5), Brodie Townley (#7) and Murray (#9). Net skins went to John Foreman (#7) and Murray (#9).

Lisa Allen led the 18-hole women’s league on Tuesday, shooting 89, followed by Cathy Murray (93), Martha Cruikshank (95), Janice White (97) and Robin Foster (98).

Sharp-shooting Allen also was closest to the pin on both #4 and #9.

Low net winners: White (69), Foster and Allen (73), Murray (74) and Cheryl Yamamoto (78). Murray had the fewest putts, with 29.

In the nine-hole women’s league, Peggy Larder shot low gross (46), followed by Judy Wright (47) and Penny Green (48). Larder had a birdie on #7.

Best net scores were: Larder (31), Jill Planche (32) and Charlotte Kainola, Candace MacLean and Linda Williams all with 33.

Mary Holley and Steve Millward, Cheryl and Rob Yamomoto combined to shoot 2-under 34 in Friday’s Couples league scramble.

Janice and Jim McMacken, Bonnie Lamourie and Ron Newman were second with 35, while Maria and Brodie Townley, Ellen Cheslock and Mike Berlis shot 36, for third place.

Carolyn and Drew Porter, Cathy Taylor and Dave Gagne (also 36) finished fourth, by retrogression.

Gagne and Deborah Williams were closest to the pin on #4. Cal Cochrane and Adele Matthews had the longest putts on #2.


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