Junior Golf Club Championship Results | 2018 – St. Marys Golf & Country Club

Ian Bolton New Junior Golf Club Champion After Defeating Defending Champion Mitch Watt with a Birdie on No. 18

Story by Pat Payton | The St. Marys Independent

Ian Bolton picked a great time to shoot his best golf round of the summer.

Last Thursday, August 23rd, at St. Marys Golf and Country Club, Bolton fired a five-over-par 77 (39-38) to win the Junior Club golf championship -- edging out defending champion Mitch Watt by one shot (39-39-78).

It all came down to the 18th and final hole, and it was good for Bolton and not so good for Watt, a two-time winner of the event.

After 17 holes, Watt held a two-shot lead, but hit his tee shot on the par 4 No. 18 hole into the river and finished with a double-bogey 6. After Bolton nailed his tee-shot down the middle, he hit a wedge from 70 yards out to a foot from the cup for a tap-in birdie 3.

Bolton, a 12-handicapper, said he had been playing well going into the golf tournament.

“My irons were going straight today, and I hit a lot of fairways on the back-nine,” the soft-spoken Bolton said after his round. “I had a lot of pars today; I was pretty consistent. To win this is pretty exciting.”

Bolton started well, and was one under par after four holes after birding the par 5 No. 2 hole. He held a one-shot lead on Watt after 13 holes.

For Bolton and Watt, both 18, it’s their final year in Junior golf. Watt, who won the event in a playoff in 2015 and again last year, didn’t appear to be too disappointed. A 6-handicapper, he recently shot an even-par 72 at St. Marys -- his best round of the season to date.

“I was mediocre all around,” said a modest Watt, who settled for champion in the 15-18 age division.

Other division champions

Carter McDougall emerged as the 12-14 age division winner, shooting a 47 over nine holes.

Simon Greig is the 9-11 age division winner after firing a 52 over nine holes.

Hayden Wright is the 8-and-under champion after shooting a 27 over four holes.

Charlotte Clinton was the overall winner among the girls, while Anna Ropp was the 12-and-under winner. Both girls shot 50 over seven holes, with Clinton winning by retrogression to get the overall title.

Girl Junior Golfer

Junior Club notes:

--A total of 45 Junior golfers took part in last Thursday’s event, including four girls.

--The St. Marys golf club provided lunch for all the Juniors last Thursday. There were prizes for all golfers as well.

--Lily Brintnell, age 7, was the youngest player in the 2018 Junior Club event.

--There was a draw for four London Knights’ OHL tickets and the winner was SMMHA player Myles Clinton.

--Eric Dunn, of the St. Marys Golf & Country Club, also thanked all the parent volunteers who helped last Thursday.

Boy Junior Golfer PuttingJunior Golfer Swinging Golf Driver

Girl Junior Golf Trophy

Junior Boys Golf ChampionJunior Golfer on Golf Course

Junior Golfers with Coach

Junior Golfer Follow Through SwingJunior Golf Swing

Young Junior Golf Winner


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