Junior cruises to Quebec crown

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

Kevin Fortin-Simard won in a walk.

Even yesterday\'s rain couldn\'t stop the 17-year-old from cruising to victory in the Quebec Golf Association\'s junior/juvenile championships.

The Lac-St-Jean, Que., native pulled ahead by eight shots by firing a 3-under-par 33 on the front nine at the Camelot layout in Cumberland and went on to capture the title with a four-day total of 282.

That was nine shots better than Brockville\'s Matthew McMahon.

PROMISING FINISH

Still, it was a promising finish for the Ottawa Valley Golf Association. Pembroke junior Eric Hubert tied for third at 294 while Rivermead\'s Marc-Etienne Bussieres captured the juvenile title in a playoff with Charles-Etienne Boucher.

\"I\'m happy with the win,\'\' said Fortin-Simard, who shot a final-round 71 and finished 6-under for the tournament. \'\'It was a tough day out there with it being so wet. You weren\'t getting as much roll on the ball and it seemed like you had to try to hit driver off every tee. I just tried to play safe.

\"I had a good first round and then I think in the second I tried to play too aggressive and it got me in trouble. I just wanted to try to make the right shots to keep me in a good position. This will be good for me.\"

Fortin-Simard, McMahon, Hubert and Alexandre Ouellette of Blainville will make up the four-man Quebec team at the Canadian junior championships, to be held next month in Calgary. That was McMahon\'s goal coming in.

\"I just wanted to make sure I was on the team,\'\' he said. \'\'I knew I didn\'t have to necessarily win the thing. That would have been nice. But I played with Kevin the last couple of days and he was just unbelievable. He played great.\"

\'TOUGH STRETCH\'

\"I had a tough stretch. I went about seven over on six holes and that made it tough. I came back with birdies on No. 15, No. 16 and No. 18. That made me feel good. I\'m pretty pleased with the way that I played.\"

Perhaps the player smiling the most was Bussieres, who sunk a five-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to beat Boucher in the playoff.

\"It\'s great to get the win ... especially by getting the birdie. That\'s the nice thing for me,\'\' said Bussieres, 16, who tied Boucher at 302 for the tourney. \'\'I was surprised to even get in the playoff because I didn\'t think that being 14-over was going to get me in there.\"


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