Sudbury quartet in the mix at Canadian Jrs in Medicine Hat
by Randy Pascal
Tristan Renaud remains right in the thick of the race while Evan MacLean dropped back, just a tad, after a great start as no less than four
Sudbury and area golfers opened the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship in Medicine Hat (Alberta) with first round play yesterday.
A provincial junior champion last summer, Renaud (Idylwylde Golf & Country Club) fired a two under par round of 69 on Monday, highlighted by an
eagle on the par four sixth hole, Renaud's 15th after teeing off from the tenth tees in the last pairing of the day.
Renaud sits tied for second place with Jace Minni (Delta, B.C.), just one stroke back of a quartet of golfers in at three under par 68, a grouping
that includes the Ontario tandem of Daniel George (Richmond Hill) and Bennett Ruby (Waterloo).
A clubmate at the Idylwylde, MacLean also opened on the back nine and was sitting at one under par after thirteen, prior to bogeying four of his last
five holes. At three over, he is still in the middle of the pack, tied for 45th place in a field that runs 156 golfers deep.
Also representing Sudbury out west are Emmett Taillefer (79 - tied for 116th) and Joshua Hayes (81 - tied for 136th), as round two goes
today at the Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club.
Much closer to home, Timberwolf Golf Club closed off their Men's Open last Sunday, as Laurentian Voyageur veteran Liam Hamlin ran
off with the title, firing rounds of 73 and 74, posting a five stroke win over Jay Jewett. Scott Mahdabee (72-83) finished third in the
championship flight, with Scott Whalen earning first flight honours (78-82).
Following are the top three finishers in the top five flights:
Liam Hamlin - 147
Jay Jewett - 152
Scott Madahbee - 155
Scott Whalen - 160
Pat Laferrière - 164
Arron Assinawae - 165
Dave Leipala - 167 (retro)
Kyle Lekun - 167
Stewart Fairwell - 169
Bruno Paquette - 171
Bill Hope - 180
Mike Martell - 192
Matt Akerman - 172
Evan Purcell - 178
Matt Johnston - 187