CORNER BROOK Matt Bonnell appreciates an opportunity to gain competitive experience on the greens.
The Corner Brook native, a member of the Blomidon Golf Course, is one of the budding golfers in western Newfoundland honing his skillset on The Tely Junior Golf Tour.
Bonnell kicked off his 2014 Tely Tour season by winning top honours in the juvenile boys division at the Harmon Seaside Links Junior Invitational Monday in Stephenville. The event is one of 13 stops on the tour, which will culiminate with the Tour Championship Aug. 25 at Terra Nova.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs a great way to just get into golf and get introduced to the tournaments, and it‚Äôs great to see younger people coming out and trying it,‚ÄĚ Bonnell said of why he loves the Tour.
He carded a 75 round in the 18-hole event to claim bragging rights.
‚ÄúI was just hitting all my shots really solid,‚ÄĚ‚ÄąBonnell said of his victory.
According to the 14-year-old, it was a great day for a round of golf in Stephenville with a light breeze and a sunny sky accompanying him on his trek around the links. He had played a round of golf at Harmon Seaside last year so he had some familiarity with the course, such as keeping in mind that the greens are smaller.
Everything just seemed to fall in place for him it appears.
‚ÄúI was really pleased with how I played. I was going in feeling really good and I couldn‚Äôt wait to get out and play in another tournament,‚ÄĚ he said.
Andrew Bruce and Nathan King, fellow competitors at Blomidon, manged to finish tied for second spot in the juvenile boys bracket with both scoring 81 rounds.
Paige Hickey won the bantam girls crown with a 49 round in a division that features competition over nine holes instead of 18, six strokes better than Meghan Colbourne.
The next stop on the Tour is Wednesday with the young bloods showing their stuff at the Grand Falls Junior Invitational. The week wraps up with the Gander Junior Open Thursday at the Gander Golf Club.
The following is a look at scores from the Harmon Seaside Links Junior Invitational ‚ÄĒ second stop on the Tely Junior Golf Tour ‚ÄĒ Monday in Stephenville:
1. Matthew Bonnell Blomidon ‚ÄĒ 75
2. Andrew Bruce Blomidon ‚ÄĒ 81
2. Nathan King ‚ÄĒ 81
4. Patrick Hickey ‚ÄĒ 83
5. Daniel Bruce ‚ÄĒ 86
6. Luke Penney ‚ÄĒ 89
7. Jordi Green Harmon Seaside ‚ÄĒ 94
8. Noah Thomas ‚ÄĒ 95
9. Jacob Alexander ‚ÄĒ 106
10. Tyler Bursey ‚ÄĒ 115
Matthew Rodgers DNF
Alex Willis DNF
1. Kurtis Rodgers ‚ÄĒ 85
2. Daniel Penney ‚ÄĒ 101
1. Angela Earle ‚ÄĒ 92
2. Abigail Hickey ‚ÄĒ 114
Bantam Boys (Nine Holes)
1. Joseph Cluney ‚ÄĒ 51
Bantam Girls (Nine Holes)
1. Paige Hickey Blomidon ‚ÄĒ 49
2. Megan Colbourne Blomidon ‚ÄĒ 55
3. Taylor Cormier ‚ÄĒ 57
4. Charlotte Cluney ‚ÄĒ 58
5. Helena McCarthy ‚ÄĒ 64
6. Mira Buckle Blomidon ‚ÄĒ 85