'Toba sends experience to nationals

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 6:56 AM ET

Derek Ingram has a good feeling about Woodstock.

No, the noted golf coach from Winnipeg is not talking about the epic outdoor concert, but rather the Canadian Junior Boys Championship, a 72-hole event which gets underway this morning at Craigowan Golf & Country Club in Woodstock, Ont.

Provincial boys champ Jesse Skelton of St. Francois-Xavier, Riley Unger of Plum Coulee, Nathan Wazney of Dugald and Burke Nagle are representing Manitoba this week. Michael Goldberg and Eric Johnson of Winnipeg, Chris Gardner of Dryden, Ont. and Joey McInnes of Red Lake, Ont. are the other locals in the field.

The interprovincial team portion of the event will be calculated after the first two rounds. At the conclusion of the third round, the field will be cut down to the low 70 players and ties.

"We've got some guys who are returning and are more experienced, plus we've got some young players who are grateful to play and we'll see how they do," said Ingram, who is attending the event as part of his role with the RCGA as a high-performance coach.

Skelton, who plays out of Bel Acres, finished tied for 20th at the Manitoba Men's Amateur Championship last month after shooting 73-74-74-75-296, which was 16 strokes behind repeat champion Jordan Krantz of Vermilion Bay, Ont.

Defending Canadian Junior Boys champion Rafael Lee of Burnaby, B.C. and Darren Wallace of Langley, B.C., who became the youngest player to win the Canadian Amateur Championship last summer as a 15-year-old, enter the competition as the favourites.

The winner of the Canadian Junior Boys Championship receives an exemption into the Canadian Amateur Championship, slated for Aug. 12-19 at Bell Bay Golf Club in Beddeck, N.S.

CHIP SHOTS: Provincial junior girls champ Kaitlin Troop of Brandon was the top Manitoban at last week's Royale National Girls Championship, shooting a three-round 21-over 237 in Cobble Hill, B.C. for a tie for 21st spot. Sarah Stebeleski of Lorette was 47th (251), Ashlen Christie of Winnipeg was 74th (263) and Brittney Piche of Brandon was tied for 86th (270).


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