Preparation pays off for champion

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:03 AM ET

Ottawa's Wendall Touhey made the most of his home-course advantage yesterday.

Touhey fired a 1-over 73 to win the 17-19 division at the 36-hole Canadian Junior Golf Association's Nike Golf Junior Series event at The Marshes by eight shots.

"I went out last week and got yardages from every point you could imagine, so I was really prepared for this tournament," said Touhey, who intends to turn professional in the fall.

Tarn MacArthur of Montreal was Touhey's closest pursuer.

Smiths Falls' Brittany Henderson picked up where she left off last year in CJGA events, winning the girls' division. Ottawa's Kate Burnett, 16, and Emily Milito, 17, tied for second behind Henderson.

Ryan Sevigny, 16, of Stittsville, lost on the first playoff hole in the boys' 14-16 division to Michael Gligic, 15, of Burlington, who closed with an outstanding even-par round of 72.

Touhey and Henderson put themselves in good position to make CJGA's Team Canada for the Stephen Ames Cup in late July.

The CJGA team will play the top juniors from Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament will feature eight top juniors from each country (Ames, the PGA Tour winner based in Calgary, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago.)

The three-day event will be played using a Ryder Cup format.

SPRING OPEN QUALIFIER: Brett Brady of Smiths Falls and Jean-Philipp Paiement of Nomininque both shot 72 to lead the field at the Spring Open qualifier yesterday at Les Vieux Moulins Golf Club in Aylmer. The Spring Open, set for May 27 at Beaconsfield G.C. in Montreal, is the first big event on the Golf Quebec schedule.


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