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Sunday, Jul. 22, 2018
Junior Tour makes Sudbury golf stop
by Randy Pascal

It's been a few years since it last visited, but the Bags Junior Golf Tour was welcomed with open arms but young local enthusiasts of the sport this past weekend. The Timberwolf Golf Course served as host venue for the first of two Sudbury stops on the circuit this summer, hosting the Sudbury Star Junior Invitational.

Some of the top young up-and-coming talent on the local links were on hand for the event, including Tristan Renaud, first-place finisher in the Junior/Juvenile division after shooting 72 on the day.

“It went really good for the first little while, I was five under through 11 holes,” Renaud said. “I have a few away coming down the stretch, that was pretty tough to deal with.”

Still, hard to complain about a solid prep round heading into a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier next weekend in Ohio for the young man who had no issues at all with the fit between his game and the Timberwolf course.

“The course is probably in the best condition that I’ve seen it in the past couple of years,” said Renaud. “It really plays to my strength, because the greens are really gettable. The holes are wide enough, a lot of holes fit my shot shape. I feel like I can play good here every time I step on to the tee.”

Ben Fowke, who turns 13 in July, is not about to disagree, demonstrating the benefits of home course advantage while taking top spot in the Minor Bantam division with a score of 73.

“Timberwolf is my home course,” he said. “But I usually play from the men’s tees here, the greens instead of the reds. We played reds today and it really helped, because you’re hitting shorter irons instead of your big four or five woods off the fairways.”

“Mentally, you have to stay focused and your putting is crucial. I didn’t have any three putts today, and I made four birdies.” Rounding out the divisional winners were Ethan Mulligan and Oliver Taillefer, each at 86 to show the way in the Bantam grouping, and Ally MacDuff with a 91 to lead the young ladies.

Following is a complete breakdown of all tournament participants:

Tristan Renaud - 72
Jacob Lacko - 78
Tannor Nairn - 82
Brian O'Connor - 85
Josh Hayes - 86
Matthew Matheson - 87
Carter Grace - 89

Ethan Mulligan - 86
Oliver Taillefer - 86
Adam Zulich - 89
Matthew Inglis - 92
Vince Palladino - 93
Trent Laferriere - 96
Parker Lariviere - 100
Griffin Jones - 124

Minor Bantam
Ben Fowke - 73
Johnny Svalina - 84
Sydney White - 94
Lea Lemieux - 107

Ally MacDuff - 91
Sydney White - 94
Gracen Lacko - 94
Hannah Nykilchyk - 106
Lea Lemieux - 107

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