CORNER BROOK Blomidon’s Matthew Bonnell and Humber Valley Resort’s Angela Earle have captured Order of Merit titles for the 2013 Tely Junior Golf Tour.
Bonnell carded an 81 round at The Tour Championship — the final event of the Tely Junior Golf Tour — Monday at Terra Nova golf course to win the juvenile boys crown.
Bonnell, son of Corner Brook’s Dexter and Dana Bonnell, entered the final event in third place with 148.5 points, trailing Drew Stonehouse of St. John’s by 1.5 points and one point behind fellow Blomidon golfer Andrew Bruce. Stonehouse and Bruce both pencilled in 84 rounds in a showcase of the best golfers in the 13-15 age bracket Monday at The Tour Championship to make way for Bonnell’s rise to the top.
The Tely Tour showcased the budding junior golfers in Newfoundland and Labrador with 11 tournaments held throughout the summer on various links culminating with The Tour Championship — the 12th and final tournament of a hectic summer for tour participants.
Bonnell’s championship run included a tour victory at the Harmon Seaside Links Junior Invitational with an 84 round and a tie for top spot with Blomidon’s Andrew Bruce at the Grand Falls Junior Invitational after both golfers pencilled in 81 rounds. He also had second-place finishes at both the Corner Brook Junior Invitational on home turf and Humber River Junior Invitational, finishing one stroke behind Andrew Bruce in both events.
“I feel really good. I had to work really hard to get it though,” Bonnell said of his title win Tuesday while travelling back to Corner Brook.
Maintaining his composure and trying to remain consistent on the fairways were keys to turning things around in the final event.
“I just had to keep my cool. Even though a bad hole here and there I just had to keep it together,” he said.
Looking back on his golf season, the 13-year-old beams with pride knowing he was consistent on the links throughout the Tour and he felt he became a better golfer with every swing of the club.
Earle, in the meantime, had to battle fellow Blomidon golfer Lorraine Coleman to snag bragging rights to the Tour’s junior women’s crown.
Earle, who calls Humber Valley Resort Golf Course her home turf, held a slim one-point advantage heading into the final event so when both her and Coleman carded identical 91 rounds in the nine-hole event Monday at The Tour Championship the title was Earle’s to enjoy.
The journey to the top for Earle included tour victories at the Harmon Seaside Links Junior Invitational, Corner Brook Junior Invitational and Humber River Junior Invitational.
Daniel Cluney of Blomidon, who participated in his last Tely Junior Golf Tour and will now try to take his game to the next level with the Holland College Hurricanes men’s varsity golf team in the fall, had to settle for second spot in the battle for the Tour’s junior men’s crown.
Cluney and Nathan Peters of St. John’s entered The Tour Championship deadlocked for top spot with 150 points, but Peters placed second in Monday’s event with a 73 round, three shots behind winner Blair Bursey of Gander, and 10 strokes better than Cluney with a 73 round.