Year two of the Northeastern Junior Golf Tour picked up pretty much exactly where year one left off, with plenty of drama spread across a variety of age brackets.
The U19 Boys Division was as compelling as ever as day one leader John Svalina (80-85-165) was overtaken by both Vincent Palladino (81-79-160) and Ethan Mulligan (82-78-160), forcing a playoff at the first event of the season, hosted at the Parry Sound Golf & Country Club.
A par of hole #10 secured the victory for Palladino, with all three of the Idylwylde Golf & Country Club members expected to battle it out throughout the summer.
An opening day personal best tournament score of 79 provided Midland native Kylie Rushton (79-85-164) with enough of a cushion to hold off hard charging local Lea Lemieux (86-82-168) in the U15 Girls Division, renewing a rivalry that went back and forth throughout the entire summer of 2020.
While Hudson Kelahear (86-88-174) of Muskoka ran away from the field of the U13 Boys bracket, registering a 19-stroke win, the real story was in the numbers, with the youngest of the groupings also accounting for the most participants, including many newcomers to the tour.
Remaining divisional winners featured Alex Chartier (U17B - 78-95-173), Mackenzie Czapla (U19G - 92-89-181), Josh Lane (U15B - 84-76-160 - three strokes better than Jeremy Lewis) and Jocelynn Hewson (U13G - 114-110-224 - six shots better than Emma Benoit).
The second event in 2021 is set for this coming weekend as the Timberwolf Golf Club welcomes the youngsters for another two-day tournament covering June 19th and 20th.
The junior golfers also received news recently of local stops on The Road to TPC Toronto scheduled for July 29th and 30th at the Idylwylde and Timberwolf respectively.