Players warm up before final round action at the World Junior Challenge. (CJGA photo)

Gusty winds and chilly temperatures greeted junior golfers yesterday at the final round of the 24th annual CJGA World Junior Challenge at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Florida. The competition was fierce as three of the seven divisions required extra holes to determine a champion.

Junior Boys (U19)

Mitchell Davis of Valparaiso, IN, outlasted Ziga Strasek of Slovenia in a four-hole playoff after the two players were locked in a tie following the final round with a tournament total of 230.

Juvenile Boys (U17)

Alexander Yang of Carlsbad, CA, added another CJGA title to his resume after beating Nathan Han of Somers, NY, in a playoff only lasting one hole. Yang, who won the CJGA PING Canadian Match Play Championship earlier this year, shot a final round score of 72 (+1) to force the playoff.

Junior Girls (U19)

Sweden’s Louise Henningsson captured the Junior Girls title on the north course after beating Sarah-Eve Rheaume of Lac De Lage, QC, in the final playoff of the day. Henningsson unfazed by the cool and gusty winds relied heavily on her driver on the final day shooting 84 (+13).

Bantam Boys (U15)

Tony Chen of Australia turned in another stellar round on the North course to capture the Bantam boys division. Chen, who ended the tournament at four-under par, went wire to wire in the win.

Bantam Girls (U15)

Going wire to wire to capture the Bantam Girls title was Ffion Tynan of Wales shooting 83 (+12) on her final round for a tournament total of 243.

Peewee Boys (U13)

Tiger Christensen of Germany also went wire to wire with rounds of 70, 80, 74, and a tournament total 224 (+11), to claim the Peewee title in his first appearance at the CJGA World Junior Challenge.

Peewee Girls (U13)

Nicole Gal of Oakville, ON, was the only Canadian to capture a division title after she beat Andrea Woods of Riverview, FL. With the two girls jockeying for position on the North course, Gal secured her win with a final round of 86 (+15) and tournament total of 260.