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West coast golfers emerge victorious at provincial junior championships

Taylor Cormier, left, poses with the trophy for winning the girls provincial junior golf championship with Jim Sloan, rules director at Golf NL.
Taylor Cormier, left, poses with the trophy for winning the girls provincial junior golf championship with Jim Sloan, rules director at Golf NL.

After disqualifying last year, Taylor Cormier of Blomidon Golf Club was nothing short of focused at this year's Royal LePage Provincial Junior Championships, as she lead from start to finish to capture the junior and juvenile titles, recording a 54-hole total of 257.

Andrew Bruce of Humber Valley Resort captured his first provincial junior championship in style, leading from wire to wire as well, and finishing with a three-day total of 224.

While Bruce captured the title by a five-stroke margin over Matthew Bonnell, the low round of the day was recorded by Stephenville’s Ryan McNeil-Lamswood, who carded a 73 to move into third place with a three-day total of 235, five strokes ahead of Michael Simms of Clovelly.

Bonnell, of Blomidon, maintained his second-place position with a score of 78 and a three-day total of 235.

Paige Hickey held onto her second-place finish in the junior and juvenile girls divisions with a three-day total of 284, while fellow Blomidon club member Megan Colbourne rounded out the top three, recording a 313 over three days.

In the boys juvenile division, Michael Simms captured the championship over second-place Alex Dolomount by eight strokes, while Ethan Efford of Bally Haly Country Club reached the podium for the first time in his career with a three-day score of 252.

In the bantam division, Efford's score of 252 enabled him to capture the title with a 13-stroke win over Nathan Young of Clovelly, who carded a final day 87, 14 strokes ahead of third-place finisher Joseph Cluney of Blomidon.

Members of the provincial junior boys and girls teams are scheduled to compete at the Future Links Atlantic Championships Driven by Acura at the Clare Golf & Country Club in Church Point, N.S. from July 17-20.

Earning the right to represent the province at these championships in the boys division were Bruce, Bonnell and McNeil-Lamswood, while the girls team will be comprised of Cormier, Hickey and Colbourne.

Andrew Bruce, left, poses with the trophy for winning the boys provincial junior golf championship with Jim Sloan, rules director at Golf NL.

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