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Canadian Junior Championship: Taylor Wins Huge

Sussex, New Brunswick (RCGA- August 10, 2006) – Nick Taylor of Abbotsford, B.C. won his first national title in convincing fashion topping the field by a record 11-strokes as play concluded at the 2006 Canadian Junior Boys Championship in Sussex, N.B.

The 18-year-old Taylor lead wire-to-wire opening a five-shot lead after the first round and never looking back as he cruised through the final three rounds. Taylor carded a four-day total of 71-69-72-70—282, finishing 2-over par.

“Everything was clicking this week,” said Taylor. “The biggest thing for me was staying out of the rough, especially the first day when it was windy. That lead took a lot of pressure off and let me play my own game.”

Taylor’s 11-stroke victory is the largest ever at the 68 year-old Canadian Junior Boys Championship. Danny Maue of Kitchener, Ont. held the previous record of 10-strokes set in 1978. Another Abbotsford native - James Lepp – also made a run at Maue’s mark with a nine-stroke victory in 2001. Lepp just turned pro this year.

“It’s a bonus,” commented Taylor on his large margin of victory. “No matter what the score, it’s such a big deal to win this championship. To win it by this much is a really good feeling.”

2004 junior boys champion Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C., and Brad Revell of Kingston, Ont. both carded a final round 69 to tie for second place at 293. Matt Hill of Bright’s Grove, Ont., who fired a sizzling four-under, 66 during the second round carded a final round 74 to finish fourth at 295.

J.P. Solis of Mexico recorded his lowest score of the week with a final-day 73 earning him an impressive top-20 finish. All seven National Junior Boys Amateur team members cracked the top-30 with five breaking into the top-15.

In the juvenile competition, Mathieu Rivard of Granby, Que. overtook Brett Cairns of Courtland, Ont. to earn the 16 and under title. Rivard, who lost the lead to Cairns yesterday, had a four-day score of 79-70-76-74—299. Cairns was just three-strokes back at 302.

Weather was a major factor presenting players with many different playing conditions over the course of the week. During Monday’s round, wind wreaked havoc with gusts measuring a high of 61km/hr. On Tuesday players were greeted with dry calm conditions in the morning but the afternoon draw dealt with significant rainfall and Wednesday’s play was delayed due to fog. Conditions were ideal for the final round.

Following the RCGA’s Pathway to Champions, Taylor has earned an exemption into the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship which tees off on Sunday at Mississaugau Golf & Country Club in Mississauga, Ont. The pathway could very well continue in two weeks with two Canadian Open exemptions awarded to the Canadian Men’s Amateur champion and runner-up. In 2004, Darren Wallace (age 15 at the time) played among the worlds best golfers at the Canadian Open by winning the Canadian Men’s Amateur. This year’s Canadian Open will be played September 4-10 at Hamilton Golf & Country Club.

Also this week the RCGA crowned the Canadian Junior Boys Inter-provincial Team champion with British Columbia taking its third consecutive title and fourth in fifth years. British Columbia made up of Taylor, Rafael Lee of Burnaby, Ian Mulder of Abbotsford and Kevin Spooner of West Vancouver carded a final two-day total of 227-212--439 topping Quebec by 15 shots. Quebec finished second at 454 and Ontario rounded out the top three at 456.

The future of Canadian golf has been on showcase this week as New Brunswick hosts both the Canadian Junior Boys Championship and the Royale National Junior Girls’ Championship. Sussex hosted the nation’s top junior boys while the junior girls’ championship being held in Bathurst will wrap up tomorrow. Updates, player fields as well as live scoring for both championships can be found online at www.rcga.org.

The following are the final scores for the Canadian Junior Boys Championship on Thursday, August 10, 2006 at Sussex Golf and Curling Club in Sussex, N.B.

1 Nick Taylor, Abbotsford, BC 71-69-72-70--282
T2 Rafael Lee, Burnaby, BC 77-72-75-69--293
Brad Revell, Kingston, ON 76-77-71-69--293
4 Matt Hill, Brights Grove, ON 79-66-74-76--295
5 Kevin Spooner, West Vancouver, BC 79-71-72-75--297
6 *Mathieu Rivard, Granby, QC 79-70-76-74--299
T7 Steven Lecuyer, Edmonton, AB 77-77-76-70--300
Greg Doherty, Mississauga, ON 81-72-70-77--300
9 Lucas Bogdan, Abbotsford, BC 81-74-74-72--301
T10 Andrew Robb, Richmond, BC 82-73-76-71--302
Sean Jarvis, Vancouver, BC 81-75-74-72--302
Adam Cornelson, Langley, BC 79-74-74-75--302
*Brett Cairns, Courtland, ON 79-73-72-78--302
T14 Jacob Patte, Oshawa, ON 84-76-73-71--304
*Eugene Wong, North Vancouver, BC 83-75-72-74--304
Jean-Hubert Trahan, Lachenaie, QC 78-74-75-77--304
T17 Michael McKenzie, Cambridge, ON 80-74-79-72--305
Nicolas Archambault, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC 77-75-73-80--305
T19 JP Solis, Morelia, MX 79-79-75-73--306
Mike Bosch, Calgary, AB 82-74-76-74--306
Tim Lew, Courtice, ON 79-78-73-76--306
T22 Brett Webster, Abbotsford, BC 80-80-75-72--307
Jean-Philippe Paiement, Des Ruisseaux, QC 79-77-78-73--307
Ju Young Park, Toronto, ON 80-75-76-76--307
*Riley Wheeldon, Comox Valley, BC 85-72-74-76--307
T26 Émilien Dupont, Hawkesbury, ON 78-75-80-75--308
Jeff Clarridge, Barrie , ON 81-78-75-74--308
Mitchell Fox, Okotoks, AB 82-73-78-75--308
Éric Côté-Jinchereau, Sainte-Foy, QC 82-76-74-76--308
Darren Wallace, Langley, BC 78-81-73-76--308
*Jonnie Motomochi, Delta, BC 81-74-74-79--308
T32 Seon Kim, Surrey, BC 78-81-77-73--309
*Dustin Zhang, Calgary, AB 84-76-75-74--309
Adam Wilson, Port Colborne, ON 81-75-74-79--309
35 *Max Gilbert, St-Georges, QC 79-79-79-73--310
T36 Adam Gruber, Kamloops, BC 79-81-78-73--311
Graham Baillargeon, Mississauga, ON 82-75-76-78--311
T38 *Joon Lee, Surrey, BC 80-82-78-72--312
Tai Reynolds, Victoria, BC 82-83-72-75--312
*Thomas Hay, Langley, BC 81-78-77-76--312
*Brian Churchill-Smith, Oakville, ON 79-80-76-77--312
Jesse Galvon, Dewinton, AB 80-73-77-82--312
T43 Nicholas McKnight, North Vancouver, BC 83-78-74-78--313
Dave Gerolamy, Peterborough, ON 78-79-77-79--313
T45 Jeff Fitzgerald, Peterborough, ON 86-79-76-73--314
*Brendan Barrack, Toronto, ON 86-79-76-73--314
Conor Zokol, South Surrey, BC 85-74-82-73--314
Mathieu Gingras, Moncton, NB 82-78-77-77--314
*Bowie Abbis-Mills, Carleton Place, ON 84-76-77-77--314
50 Craig Gibson, Brooks, AB 88-80-73-74--315
T51 *Luke Ovenden, Georgetown , ON 92-73-78-73--316
Andrew Funk, Edmonton, AB 86-78-75-77--316
*Michael Oudyk, Oshawa, ON 82-79-78-77--316
Kheed Ng, Thornhill, ON 80-78-80-78--316
T55 *Jean Mainville, Scoudouc, NB 80-79-80-78--317
Darren Hupfer, Edmonton, AB 86-74-75-82--317
Sebastian Pinzon, Bogota, CO 80-76-75-86--317
T58 *Luke Shaughnessy, Peterborough, ON 81-82-77-78--318
*Mackenzie Hughes, Dundas, ON 85-77-76-80--318
Ryan Curran, Thornton, ON 81-76-81-80--318
T61 Ian Mulder, Abbotsford, BC 89-80-74-76--319
Alexandre Bourque, Saint-Augustin, QC 82-83-77-77--319
*Keith Yamaoka, Kelowna, BC 82-81-77-79--319
David Byrne, Essex, ON 77-81-82-79--319
*Michaël Boutin, St-Hilaire, QC 79-80-81-79--319
Stuart Cox, Truro, NS 87-80-73-79--319
T67 Alain Plourde, Edmundston, NB 83-75-85-77--320
Brad Larente, Cambridge, ON 80-80-77-83--320
T69 Shayne Fredborg, Selkirk, MB 86-79-78-78--321
Zach MacDougall, Coquitlam, BC 88-79-75-79--321
Jesse Skelton, St. Francois Xavier, MB 82-78-80-81--321
T72 *Jonathan Kim-Moss, Mississauga, ON 88-78-77-80--323
*Corey Conners, Palmerston, ON 83-81-77-82--323
Sean Hovelkamp, St. Paul, AB 83-75-81-84--323
75 *Kevin Giesbrecht, Carman, MB 83-78-82-85--328
T76 Daniel Difrancesco, Burlington, ON 91-76-76-86--329

---MISSED CUT---

Simon Reyers, Kingston, ON 86-80-78--244
Eric Michaud, Grand Falls, NB 86-80-78--244
Britt Pronk, London, ON 85-82-77--244
Timothée Alarie, Saint-Jérôme, QC 87-82-75--244
Cornèl Smith, Regina, SK 78-84-82--244
John Byles, Barrie, ON 80-83-81--244
Vincent Moffet, Boischatel, QC 82-80-82--244
Braeden Cryderman, Huntsville, ON 84-80-80--244
Jeremy Foran, London, ON 79-85-80--244
Ryan Corbin, Oakville, ON 86-80-79--245
Taylor Booth, London, ON 87-79-79--245
Lucas Wazney, Dugald, MB 83-83-79--245
Lewis Chong, Lethbridge, AB 82-85-78--245
Tanner White, Fort Qu`Appelle, SK 89-78-78--245
Daniel Kim, North York, ON 85-84-76--245
Marc-André D`Entremont, Saulnierville, NS 85-78-82--245
Stephen Boyce, Fall River, NS 84-79-82--245
Erik Swinburnson, Victoria, BC 84-83-79--246
Thomas Petts, North Vancouver, BC 90-79-77--246
Brad Thompson, Calgary, AB 80-83-83--246
Nicholas Clark, Riverview, NB 83-81-82--246
Danny Moody, New Market, ON 88-78-81--247
Jimmy Han, Abbotsford, BC 82-86-79--247
Glen Nesbitt, Calgary, AB 78-81-88--247
Toven Crockett-Allen, Windsor, NS 83-81-83--247
Jace Barros, Edmonton, AB 86-79-82--247
Wilson Mitchell, Calgary, AB 85-80-83--248
Andrew Wallace, Bedford, NS 88-78-82--248
Scott Thompson, St. Walburg, SK 92-81-75--248
Chris Hopper, Berry Mills, NB 85-83-80--248
Spencer Berk, London, ON 89-83-76--248
Scott Landreth, Stratford, ON 86-77-85--248
Nolan Knill, Barrie, ON 82-81-85--248
Blair Evans, St. John`s, NL 87-81-81--249
Mitchell Zaba, Deer Valley, SK 82-79-88--249
Jay Smith, Regina, SK 82-82-85--249
Adam Hunter, Burlington, ON 85-82-83--250
Phil Kondrak, Victoria, BC 81-86-83--250
Chris Trail , O`Leary, PE 86-86-78--250
Dale Stypula, Cranbrook, BC 91-79-80--250
Julien Proulx, Quebec, QC 91-87-73--251
Alex Whelan, Rothesay, NB 92-86-73--251
Hubert Parent-Bouchard, Rouyn-Noranda, QC 83-85-83--251
Travis Mueller, Calgary, AB 86-82-83--251
Ryan Thomson, Georgetown, ON 89-86-77--252
Jeremy Stevenson, Charlottetown, PE 86-86-80--252
Adrian Kibsey, Winnipeg, MB 87-84-81--252
Michael Pichor, Port Alberni, BC 89-81-82--252
Matt Layden, Moncton, NB 86-79-88--253
Brendon Slaney, Dartmouth, NS 96-81-76--253
Riley Unger, Plum Coulee, MB 87-81-85--253
Guillaume Lamarre, Fossambault-sur-le-Lac, QC 85-83-85--253
Burke Nagle, Winnipeg, MB 86-90-78--254
Stéphane Boudreau, Dieppe, NB 89-85-80--254
Luke Dempsey, Bedford, NS 91-82-81--254
Corey Bourque, Grand Bay - Westfield, NB 91-80-83--254
Alex Gravel, Drummondville, QC 82-88-84--254
Kyle McMurphy, Kelowna, BC 88-90-77--255
Chase Teron, Red Deer, AB 90-84-81--255
Sam Holland, Kentville, NS 94-80-81--255
Kyle Pardy, Deer Lake, NL 92-80-83--255
Ryan Chapman, Murray Harbour, PE 81-91-84--256
Tyler Kuyvenhoven, Victoria, BC 89-80-87--256
Brennan Doyle, Sudbury, ON 91-80-85--256
Jordan Ediger, Calgary, AB 95-85-77--257
Ethan O`Meara, Sarnia, ON 87-87-83--257
Brandon Irving, Alberton, PE 86-86-85--257
Ryan Putnam, Georgetown, ON 91-86-82--259
Matthew Gregory, Mt. Carmel, NL 86-82-91--259
Matthew Kavanagh, St. John`s, NL 91-82-86--259
Chris Tupper, Meadow Lake, SK 88-83-88--259
Burke Wiebe, Winnipeg, MB 97-79-84--260
Garrett Zokol, South Surrey, BC 89-87-84--260
Morgan White, St. John`s, NL 89-87-84--260
Troy Bulmer, Saskatoon, SK 91-88-82--261
Brett MacGillivary, Stony Plain, AB 86-87-88--261
Stephane Cormier, Bathurst, NB 85-86-90--261
Scott Carragher, Charlottetown, PE 93-85-84--262
Daniel Wakeling, Edmonton, AB 93-81-88--262
Gavin Duffy, Charlottetown, PE 95-81-88--264
Devin Pittman, Goose Bay, NL 92-83-90--265
Geoffrey Walker, Charlottetown, PE 92-84-90--266
Matt Mah, Edmonton, AB 93-93-82--268
Brad Blair, Lanigan, SK 90-88-90--268
Brodie MacGregor, Stratford, PE 97-87-87--271
WD - Thomas Keddy, Hillsborough West, NB Withdrawn

*denotes juvenile
Yardage: 6,468
Par: 70

The Canadian Junior Championship was open to male amateur golfers who have not reached their 19th birthday by midnight, August 10, 2006. The Canadian Juvenile Championship was open to male amateur golfers who have not reached their 17th birthday by midnight, August 10, 2006. The scores of the juvenile golfers will also count for the junior championship. The championship was conducted at stroke play over 72 holes. The field consisted of 162 players. After 54 holes, the field was cut to the low 70 and ties.

Many of Canada’s golf’s biggest names both past and present have been crowned champions including Canadian Golf Hall of Famers Doug Silverberg (1950), George Knudson (1955), Gary Cowan (1956) and Doug Roxburgh (1970) as well as Jim Rutledge and James Lepp (2001-2002) who recently turned pro just this season.

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The Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) is the governing body of golf in Canada, representing close to 400,000 members at over 1550 clubs across the country. Some of the RCGA’s core services include the Rules of Golf, handicapping and course rating, support of turfgrass and environmental research, the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum and CN Future Links, Canada’s national junior golf program. In addition, the RCGA conducts Canada’s most prestigious golf championships. The Canadian Open and CN Canadian Women’s Open attract the best professional golfers in the world, while six regional junior championships, 10 national amateur championships and the CN Canadian Women’s Tour showcase the best of Canadian golf. For more information please visit www.rcga.org.
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