Golfer go­ing for Cal­i­for­nia ‘Gold’

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Ayer's Cliff

Lo­cal golfer Bren­dan Smith, of Ayer’s Cliff, has done it again, win­ning an­other ma­jor golf tour­na­ment. He was the win­ner of the fif­teen to nine­teen year-olds cat­e­gory of the CJGA Que­bec Ju­nior Open, held in Hawkes­bury on May 16th and 17th. The im­por­tant win gives Bren­dan one of only four Canadian spots for ju­nior males in the pres­ti­gious, in­ter­na­tional IMG Academy Ju­nior World Golf Cham­pi­onship, com­ing up in July at the Tor­rey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia.

Bren­dan, who is en­rolled in La Ruche’s Sports Etudes pro­gram, played two games in the Hawkes­bury tour­na­ment. “In the first round I had seven birdies, but in the sec­ond round I only had two birdies and two bo­gies. My

first game helped me a lot,” said Bran­dan in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal, last Fri­day, af­ter com­ing off the course at the Pine Knot Golf and Coun­try Club, in Dorch­ester, On­tario. His fi­nal score was 141 (-3) af­ter the two games.

The ju­nior golfer is look­ing for­ward to the event in Cal­i­for­nia. “It will be quite a chal­lenge. There will be play­ers from many coun­tries,” he said about the tour­na­ment, some of whose prior cham­pi­ons in­clude the likes of Tiger Woods, Corey Pavin and Ernie Els.

With golf­ing sea­son in ‘full swing’, this se­ri­ous golfer, who is grad­u­at­ing this year, is also busy with fi­nal ex­ams. “I’m study­ing and writ­ing my ex­ams and golf­ing in tour­na­ments in be­tween,” said Bran­dan.

Photo cour­tesy

Bren­dan Smith, seen here, will be head­ing to Cal­i­for­nia in July to take part in the IMG Academy Ju­nior World Golf Cham­pi­onship.

Photo cour­tesy

Bren­dan Smith af­ter re­ceiv­ing his tro­phy at the CJGA Que­bec Ju­nior Open.

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