London junior Taylor Booth added his name to the trophy Mike Weir won twice as a teenager, shooting a 68 Wednesday at Fanshawe on the Traditional Course to win the rain-shortened Les Thomas Memorial tournament.
The 36-hole championship, a stop on the Tyson Tour for junior boys and girls from Southwestern Ontario, was slated for Tuesday and Wednesday but washed out by heavy rains on Tuesday.
Booth, 17, who plays out of Cobble Hills and Oxford Golf and Country Club near Woodstock, was a stroke better than Austin Kelly and Kody Morphy. Kelly and Morphy, both playing in the juvenile division (14-16) , played off for the juvenile title with Kelly winning on the third extra hole. Brian Tornabuono shot 75 to win the bantam division (13 and under) while Justine Decock shot an 82 to take the girls division.
Booth receives a $350 scholarship award. Mitch Sutton, who won last year, played this week in the Canadian junior championship.
Booth followed up the Les Thomas win with another Thursday at Stratford, shooting 68. He has four wins in five Tyson events, but would have rather been playing in the Canadian junior. He missed out by one shot, scoring 310 over four rounds in the recent Ontario junior.
"I'd rather be where I could have been to be honest . . . On the other hand, I'm proud of what I've accomplished."
London pro Maggie Steciuk shot 80-82 for 162 in the Ohio Women's Open, played this week in Defiance, Ohio . . . Exeter native Karly Pinder, a member of Canada's national women's team, failed to advance to the 64-player match play competition at the U.S. Women's Amateur this week in Carmel, Ind. Pinder, a Highland member, was 14- over par in the 36-hole medal play qualifying and tied for 113th place. It took a score of seven-over to advance to match play . . . Matt Hill of Bright's Grove shot a final round 71 Thursday for a four-round score of 285 but still finished four shots back of Graham Baillargeon of Mississauga, finishing second in the Canadian junior in Ile Bizard, Que. Brett Cairns of Courtland came ninth with 291 followed by Britt Pronk of Sunningdale at 292. Sutton finished at 299.
Brothers Matt and Graham Hill of Bright's Grove are playing in the Canadian Amateur in Saskatoon. The championship opens with 36-holes of medal play tomorrow and Monday with the top 64 moving to match play which sets up the possibility of an Hill vs. Hill match Also playing from London and area is Johnny Hall of Langton.
The Royal Canadian Golf Association brings another national championship to London next weekend with final qualifying for the Canadian Mid-Amateur set for Sunday at FireRock. The 72-hole tournament, open to players 25 or older, runs Aug. 21-24 at the Oaks Golf and Country Club. Though the tournament age limit was established by the RCGA primarily to create a tournament for players not attending college, there are exceptions. In the field will be Sunningdale club champion Lee French, 26, the Canadian university and college champion, who will be back from the World University Games in Thailand Aug. 10-18 just in time for the championship. French is turning pro this fall.