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Svalina victory marks fifth different U17 - U19 tour winner

The race to the finish is shaping up to be more than a little interesting in all five age brackets of the North Eastern Junior Golf Tour as players participated in the fourth stop earlier this week in Parry Sound.

The U17/U19 Boys grouping remains the most unpredictable of the bunch, with no less than five different golfers laying claim to tournament victories, including the Timberwolf title that was shared by Oliver Taillefer and Benjamin Fowke.

This time around, it was Johnny Svalina who would earn bragging rights with a round of 74 (3 over par), two shots better than Vince Palladino, with Griffin Jones, Joseph Colasimone and Taillefer all deadlocked at 81.

The win and the accompanying one hundred merit points give Svalina a little breathing room atop tour standings, his total of 275 pushing him past both Colasimone (235) and Taillefer (197.5).

In a much less crowded field, Bryden Dilley picked up her third win in four attempts, enjoying an eight shot margin ahead of Mackenzie Czapla. The Barrie (Dilley)/ Midland (Czapla) U19 Girls tandem placed 1-2 in Parry Sound (87 / 95), occupying those same slots in the Order of Merit standings (375 / 325).

Ryder Coe and Hudson Kelahear are deadlocked at 287.5 points apiece in the U13 Boys & Girls grouping after both young men pulled away from the field with rounds of 86 in Parry Sound.

Meanwhile, Lea Lemieux continued her charge to garner control of the U15 Girls pack, besting rival Kyllie Ruston by eight strokes (87 vs 95). After finishing second to Ruston at the tour opener at Settler's Ghost, Lemieux has captured two tournaments, outright, sharing top spot with the Midland golfer in the other.

And finally, it's looking like to U15 Boys "Johnny come lately" pairing of Callum Baron and Jeremy Lewis will duke it out for their divisional crown. After both missing the first two events, Baron and Lewis shared top spot at the Idylwylde earlier this month.

In Parry Sound, it was Baron who was three strokes better than Lewis (88 vs 91), with Jack Anderson (94), Adam Gognavac (98) and Ethan Morris (99) also all breaking the century mark.

As for the tour aggregate totals, Baron shows the way at 187.5, followed by Lewis (162.5) and Laake O'Neil (160). This marks the first year of operation for the NEJGT, with no less than 60 different youngsters having participated in at least one event.

The Spring/Summer series concludes with a tournament at BrookLea Golf & Country Club (Midland) on August 4th, followed by the NJGT Tour Invitational Championship scheduled for Tangle Creek one week later.

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