GOLF. Golf Québec presented its bantam, pee-wee and mosquito championship these 1uh and August 2 at the Drummondville Golf Club. Charlotte Boudreau and Charles-Edmond Proulx won the bantam division titles.
On the girls’ side, Charlotte Boudreau, from the club on the island of Montreal, concluded the tournament with a cumulative +15 (159 shots) at the conclusion of the two rounds. The fight was close until the very end for the girls and, despite some difficulties on the back nine, Boudreau was able to save the day several times to surpass Sofia De Zordo (Balmoral) and Alexandra Botsis (Rosemère ), tied for second at +19 (163).
“I started well today [mardi], but my back nine was definitely more difficult. Fortunately, I was able to do a lot of Putting important. I saved myself from a lot of disasters during the tournament and my short game really kept me in first place. I surprised myself with several exceptional approach shots”, launched the new champion at Sportcom, who had been waiting for this victory for a few years already.
“I had finished second in my last four appearances at this tournament and I am very happy to finally win it”, preceded the 14-year-old golfer, a smile split from ear to ear. “I have made several changes in my game since last season and it has helped me a lot. It was time for me to win it.”
For his part, Charles-Edmond Proulx, with a score of + 4 (148 shots), got his hands on the second provincial title of his young career after that acquired among the mosquitoes, during this same event in 2018. He won took advantage of an exceptional first round to pick up his pace and overtake in the final standings Philip Bélanger (Cap-Rouge) and Charly Pinel (Royal Québec), second and third in order at +7 (151) and +8 (152) .
“I was at -2 (70) after Monday and that allowed me to attack the flags even more today. It really propelled me. My irons also helped me a lot and I was able to sink important putts. It’s a great victory for me and I’m very happy with my performance,” said the young man at the end of the event.
Drummondville resident Adam Gauthier was the region’s only golfer in action during the championship. He concluded his tournament with a score of + 28 (172 shots) good for 25e rang.
Leonie Tavares pee-wee champion
The participating athletes in the pee-wee category, reserved for 11-12 year olds, also played a second and final round on Tuesday and the young Léonie Tavares (Glendale) did not miss the opportunity to cancel the whole scope of his talent.
The -3 (69) Monday rounder followed up with a +6 (78) round to conclude the event. His cumulative +3 (144), recorded over the pee-wee distance of 4,879 yards, was also the best of the 106 golfers present, all categories combined.
“This week, I was going a little shorter than usual and my short game went very well. I was a little less precise in the second round, but I still had good approaches and putts in important situations. That’s what made the difference for me”, an analysis of the one who had triumphed in the mosquito and pee-wee categories, in 2020.
The 12-year-old athlete will now prepare for a whole new challenge ahead of him at the Canada Games, which begin Aug. 6 in Niagara, Ont. “I still have a few days left to make the adjustments and arrive ready for the tournament. I can’t wait to be able to represent Quebec,” she added.
Note that Zixuan Tan (public golfer), at +32 (176) and Kate Guo (Knowlton), at +37 (181), followed Tavares in the ranking of girls in the pee-wee category.
On the boys’ side, Noah Moreau (Lotbinière), with a cumulative score of +10 (154), left with the coveted trophy. He finished ahead of Zack Bourgeois (Blainvillier), mosquito champion in 2021 and two-time winner this season among the pee-wee, as well as Karson Hurlbert (Camelot), who respectively finished at +16 (160) and +17 ( 161).
“It was very pleasant and everything went really well for me. My tee shots were particularly good and I made several putts from 20 feet and more, which helped me a lot,” mentioned Moreau. “I couldn’t ask for better and am very happy to win my first title at the provincial level.”
Note that in addition to crowning the champions in the bantam and pee-wee divisions, the event allowed two young athletes in the mosquito category (10 years old and under as of August 1, 2022) to walk away with a title at the Monday’s day number.
Florence Ho (Ottawa Hunt) had it on the girls’ side with a +20 round (92), while Zander Zhang (Rivermead) did it on the boys’ side with a +6 (78).
It was a second straight title at this event for Ho who, at just 10 years old, also won the 2022 Assante Optimist Classic in Mosquitoes. She also went on to a second round in peewee, where she placed fourth at +47 (191).
On Zhang’s side, he finished ahead of his rivals William Landry (Les Saules) and Adam Lauzon (Vallée du Richelieu), tied for second at +11 (83) in the standings, to win his first-ever provincial tournament.
The Golf Québec team is now turning to the presentation of the Omnium du Québec, which is in full swing until Sunday, at Le Blainvillier golf club. Note that the official game rounds will begin on Thursday with a cut to 60 Morbonnes scheduled for 24 hours later. (LPS)