Juniors face nation

SCOTT UNGER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:38 AM ET

The best of the best local junior golfers will head to the East Coast next week to test their skills against Canada's top talent.

Manitoba will send eight junior men golfers to the Canadian Junior Boys Championship at the Sussex Golf and Country Club in Sussex, N.B., while five junior women will head to the Gowan Brae Golf and Country Club in Bathurst, N.B. for the Royale National Junior Girls' Championship.

SIMPLE MESSAGE

Junior men's coach Garth Goodbrandson is going to send a simple message to his players.

"The big thing is for our guys to just focus on things they can control and not get caught up in what kind of event they are in or who they are playing with," Goodbrandson said yesterday.

"We don't place any expectations on the guys."

Manitoba junior men's champion Kevin Giesbrecht heads up Team Manitoba. He is joined by Jesse Skelton, Adrian Kibsey and Riley Unger. Both Skelton and Unger have been to nationals before.

"I think this is Jesse's third year and Riley was there last year," Goodbrandson says. "It should be a valuable experience for all of them."

Experience has already been had this season for some members of Team 'Toba. 16-year-old Giesbrecht finished sixth at the Western Juveniles in Edmonton last month.

"It's been a busy month for all of them. They definitely have played a lot," said Goodbrandson, who hasn't had time to work with the team as a group.

"It's great to see them go to these events and get some experience. A guy like Kevin could go to two or three nationals. That does a lot for a player's development."

Goodbrandson couldn't recall the last time Manitoba won junior men's nationals, but he assumed it was back when current pros Rob McMillan and Dean North were in the junior ranks.

Shayne Fiedborg, Burke Nagle, Lucas Wazney and Burke Wiebe are in the event as individuals.

The Manitoba junior women's team is led by Kaitlin Troop, who is also the Manitoba women's amateur champion.

Brittany Piche, Anne Thorimbert, and Lauren Rousseau join Troop on the provincial team.

READY FOR WALK-ONS: The University of Manitoba Bisons men's and women's golf teams will be holding an open-tryout tournament for the final three spots on each team on Aug. 21-23.

The three-round event will be conducted at the Transcona, Southwood and St. Boniface Golf courses. The Bisons play roughly five or six tournaments between September and mid-October.

Entry forms can be downloaded off the Golf Manitoba website at www.golfmanitoba.mb.ca. The entry deadline is Aug. 15.


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