Canadian Jr. Girls: Team British Columbia wins

RICHMOND, B.C. Canada (Aug 3, 2011) --Team British Columbia, which includes Coquitlam, B.C. natives Jennifer Yang, Jisoo Keel and SooBin Kim won the inter-provincial championship by eight strokes while Yang continued her solid individual play to take a one stroke lead at QGolf Club in Richmond, B.C.

The host province, British Columbia, won their second inter-provincial title of the year, with their first victory coming at Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship in Duncan, B.C. The entire team is played strong golf through two rounds as all three members are in the top-4 and under par. Their final two-round tally was 9-under par (283) giving them an eight shot victory.

In second place was team Alberta who came in at a combined two-round score of 1-under par (291). The team includes Jennifer Ha of Calgary, Mieke Heyns of Lethbridge of Alta., and Becky Martin of Medicine Hat, Alta.

Rounding out the top-3 in the inter-provincial competition was Team Ontario which includes members Brogan McKinnon of Mississauga, Ont., MacKenzie Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ont., and Katlyn Elliot of Peterborough, Ont. The trio finished the two-round competition at 3-over par (295).

The individual competition is also led by a Team British Columbia member and B.C. native. Jennifer Yang, 17, fired a second round 3-under par (70) giving her a one stroke lead over her B.C. teammate Jisoo Keel. Yang, who won the 2011 BC Junior Girls title, birdied three of her last five holes to grab the lead at 5-under par (141) through two rounds.

“My putting wasn’t that great today. When I put it close I had a chance for birdie but outside 10 feet I couldn’t make any of them,” said Yang of her second round putting performance. “Winning both tournaments [the B.C. Junior Girls and the Royale Cup Junior Girls Championship] would mean a lot to me especially in my home province.”

Jisoo Keel, a member of Team Canada Development Squad, carded a second round 1-under par (72) to take sole possession of second place at 4-under par (142). Keel, who was the first round leader, recently secured an exemption into the CN Canadian Women’s Open at Hillsdale Golf and Country Club, August 22-28, by way of a second place finish on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Order of Merit.

In third place is MacKenzie Brooke Henderson of Smith Falls, Ont., at 3-under par (143). The 13-year-old tied for the low round of the day, shooting a 3-under par (70), which included five birdies.

There is a three-way tie for fourth place as SooBin Kim of Coquitlam, B.C., Team Canada Development Squad member Augusta James of Bath, Ont., and Vivian Tsui of Markham, Ont., currently sit at 2-under par (144). Kim and Tsui carded equal 1-under (par) 72’s on the day while Augusta James tied for the low round of the day at 3-under par (70).

In the Juvenile division, (16 years of age and under), Jisoo Keel maintains a one shot lead over MacKenzie Brooke Henderson. The duo sit at 4-under par and 3-under par respectively. They are trailed by Alix Kong of West Vancouver, B.C. Kong tied the low round of the day with a 3-under (70) tally to sit at 1-under par (145) for the championship.

The cut was made at 20-over par (166). In total 74 players made the cut to maintain proper minimum division totals and account for ties.

2011 marks the 56th playing of the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship. The event is 72-holes stroke play and features 128 of the top Canadian and U.S. juniors competing for the Brokenshire Trophy. It is the seventh time the event has been played in the province of British Columbia.

Play continues tomorrow with the third round tee times off the first and tenth tee beginning at 8:00 a.m.

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72 hole stroke play championship. Following the first two rounds of play, the field will be reduced to the low 70 players and ties with the top ten juveniles and ties included in the final round.

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