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Kwon Leads at the Canadian Junior Boys

SOUTH SURREY, B.C. (Aug. 4, 2011) -- Kevin Kwon of Pitt Meadows, B.C., holds an eight-stroke lead in the Junior division and a twelve-stroke lead in the Juvenile division heading into the final round of the 2011 Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C.

After carding a round of 7-under par 65 on Wednesday, a personal-best, Kwon posted a score of 5-under par 67 to sit at 13-under par 203 through 54 holes. Kwon’s third round featured six birdies and only a single bogey.

“I got up and down when I needed to, made putts when I needed to and I'm hitting the greens,” said Kwon, who finished second at the 2011 B.C. Junior Boys’ Championship and also placed T2 at the 2011 CN Future Links Pacific Championship. “I'm not making huge errors and I'm capitalizing on the chances that I get.”

While Kwon admits that he is “excited to play with the lead,” the University of Washington recruit acknowledged that maintaining focus is paramount during tomorrow’s final round.

“I still have one day ahead of me, so I have to stick to my game plan,” said Kwon, who finished T10 in the Junior division and third in the Juvenile division at last year’s Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Richmond Country Club in Richmond, B.C. “Tomorrow, I start a new round, stick to my plan and hit every shot separately.”

Defending Junior champion, Team Canada Development Squad member, Richard Jung of Toronto, sits second at 5-under par 211, while teammate Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., is T3 alongside Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alta., a member of Team Alberta’s 2011 Canadian Junior Boys Championship - Inter-Provincial Championship squad, at 3-under par 213.

Team Manitoba member, Myles Sullivan of Portage la Prairie, Man., Team Ontario member, Chris Hemmerich of Kitchener, Ont., and Michael Nedoszytko of Toronto, sit T5 at 1-under par 215.

Team Canada Development Squad member, Eric Banks of Truro, N.S., is T8 alongside teammate Wilson Bateman of Spruce Grove, Alta., at even-par 216. Banks, winner of both the 2011 Nova Scotia Junior Boys Championship and the 2011 Nova Scotia Men’s Amateur Championship, birdied 7 of his first 10 holes before posting a double-bogey at No. 14, and bogeys at No. 15 and No. 16, to finish at 4-under par 68 on the day. Brandon Ng of Toronto rounds out the Team Canada Development Squad scoring with a three-day tally of 8-over par 224 to sit T31.

In the Juvenile division, Kwon’s closest competitor, Donald Qiu of Surrey, B.C., is twelve shots back at 1-over par 217, while Zach Anderson of Nanaimo, B.C., and Team Ontario member, Bryce Evon of Windsor, Ont., are T3 at 3-over par 219. Mark Valliere of Courtenay, B.C., and Chris Crisologo of Richmond, B.C., round out the top-5 at 7-over par 223.

Team Canada National Squad member, Mitch Sutton was the last competitor to capture both the Junior and Juvenile titles at a Canadian Junior Boys Championship. The London, Ont., native accomplished the feat at the 2008 Canadian Junior Boys Championship at Edmonton Petroleum Golf & Country Club in Edmonton.

The 2011 Canadian Junior Boys Championship resumes tomorrow, Friday, August 5, 2011, with final-round play beginning at 7:30 a.m. (PST). Starting times, post-round results, full field list and live scoring are available here.

The 2011 Canadian Junior Boys champion will earn an exemption into the 2011 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship taking place August 9-14 at Niakwa Country Club and Elmhurst Golf and Country Club in Winnipeg.

British Columbia continues to be the hub of Canadian national golf championships in 2011. This week (August 1-5), Canada’s finest junior golfers are showcasing their talents on Canada’s west coast. Along with the Canadian Junior Boys Championship being contested at Morgan Creek Golf Course in South Surrey, B.C., the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship is taking place at QGolf Club in Richmond, B.C. Two weeks ago, British Columbia also welcomed the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship to Duncan Meadows Golf Course in Duncan, B.C., while Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club played host to the 102nd playing of Canada’s National Open Championship.

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