Team 'Toba veterans chase junior title

SCOTT UNGER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

There will be a lot of familiar faces in the field today when the Manitoba Junior Men's Golf Championship tees off at the Carman and Breezy Bend Golf Clubs.

The four-day event will split the field of players and have them each golf a round in Carman and at Breezy Bend during the first two days. After the cut tomorrow, the final two rounds will be played at Breezy Bend. The top 60 players and ties will move on.

All four members of last year's Team Manitoba for the junior nationals, Jesse Skelton, Burke Nagel, Nathan Wazney and Riley Unger are returning for a shot at the Manitoba title. Skelton is the defending champion.

"Those four gained a lot of valuable experience last year at nationals and it should make them better golfers for this event," said Golf Manitoba's director of player development Garth Goodbrandson.

Two of the four, Skelton and Nagel, will form a powerhouse group with Curtis Nichol this morning in Carman. Killarney Lakeside's Nichol won the Manitoba Men's Amateur qualifying event at Quarry Oaks on Saturday with a score of one-over-par 73.

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The Manitoba Junior Women's Golf Championship, which starts tomorrow, is a three-round event and will be played entirely at Breezy Bend. Katlin Troop is the two-time defending champion and is the heavy favourite heading into the tournament.

The top four players in the junior men's event will form Team Manitoba for the Canadian Junior Nationals, which will take place in Sussex, N.B., Aug. 6-10. The top four players aged 16 and under will be Team Manitoba for the western juveniles, which take place July 17-20 in Edmonton. On the junior women's side, the top four will become Team Manitoba for nationals, which will be played in Bathurst, N.B., Aug. 7-11. The top two girls aged 16 and under will be Team Manitoba for western juveniles in Edmonton.


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