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A half dozen local entries in the field for centennial of Ontario Junior Golf
2022-07-01
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Locals Ethan Mulligan, Johnny Svalina, Vince Palladino Jr, Connor Di Salle, Ben Fowke and Ryan Di Salle will be among the field of 170 or so golfers who will tee-off Tuesday at Timberwolf Golf Club, site of the 2022 Ontario Junior (U19) Boys Golf Championship.

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the event, the group will play the opening two rounds with a cut-off Wednesday evening, at which point roughly half of the field moves on to complete another two rounds of play.

One of the golfers to watch is 2021 second place finisher Ben MacLean (Cherry Hill Club), who committed this winter to the Kent State Golden Flashes, the same institution which graduated Canadian pros Corey Conners and Mackenzie Hughes (as well as local soccer siblings Jenna and Karly Hellstrom).

Tied for third last year and back for another crack is Isaiah Ibit (Greyhawk Golf Club), as well as top ten finishers Zachary Smith (Brampton Golf Club), named to Team Ontario last November, Michael Weber (Rattlesnake Point Golf Club), committed to the Miami University Redhawks - NCAA), Owen Kim (Hamilton Golf & Country Club), a University of Nevada commit and 2021 Ontario Juvenile champion and Lindenwood University freshman Tyler May (Cutten Fields).

None of the locals survived the cut one year ago, with Fowke missing by just four strokes and now returning to compete on his home course.

The Ontario title has been claimed by a local golfer on just a single occasion, quite recently in fact as Tristan Renaud (Idylwylde Golf & Country 'Club) turned the trick in 2017.

This tournament marks the third time that the event has been hosted in Sudbury, with Timberwolf also the site when J.C. Daecon repeated as champion in 2001 and Golf Ontario making a return visit to the same site in 2014 (Matt Lemay shot a 67 on day four to win the event).

Volunteer Call-Out: The tournament is still in search of a handful of volunteers to assist in a variety of capacities. If interested, kindly contact Bobby Chaumont at "bobby@golfsudbury.ca"

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