For Immediate Release:
The final round of the East Coast Junior Championship was met with sunny conditions and a high of 26 degrees, similar to what greeted players on Tuesday. With a field comprising of 47 players from both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the battle for the titles of East Coast Junior Boys Under-19 Champion, East Coast Junior Girls Under-19 Champion, and East Coast Junior Boys Under-15 Champion would lead to a shootout on Wednesday’s final round.
Julien Babineau captured the East Coast Under-19 Boys crown; Callie Taylor secured the East Coast Under-19 Girls titles and Caleb LeBlanc took home the Under-15 Boys honours.
Julien Babineau who represents the Fox Creek Golf Club entered the day with a one-shot lead over Cameron Friars of the Riverside Country Club and was able to keep it consistent during his second round carding only one bogey, and submitting a score of 2-under par, 70, both days. Babineau ended his tournament with a commanding 5-shot lead over runner-up Simon Mullen of the Truro Golf Club. Julien took home the crown for the Dormie Par-3 Challenge as well, firing a combined score of 2-under par.
On the Under-19 Girls’ side, it was a shootout between Callie Taylor, and Addison McClune both representing the Riverside Country Club. Both ladies had a very close and consistent 2-day event as Callie carded a total score of twelve-over par, 156 (81-75), and Addison, who scored an identical total of twelve-over par, 156 (82-74). The pair went on to play a 3-hole playoff where Callie outlasted Addison to take the U19 crown. Callie was also crowned in the Dormie Par-3 challenge with a total score of 4-over par on the par-3 holes. Both Callie and Julien were gifted a beautiful Dormie yardage book for their accomplishments.
Finally, it was Caleb LeBlanc of the Fox Creek Golf Club who took home the Under-15 Boys Championship. Caleb finished his event with a combined score of 7-over par, 151 (75-76), giving him a 3-shot victory over Elliott Mullen of the Truro Golf Club.
After two years of anticipation, the Covered Bridge Golf & Country Club served as gracious hosts once again for the East Coast Junior Championship as players were greeted with a world-class venue in pristine condition.
Golf New Brunswick (Golf NB), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1934, is the official governing body for amateur golf in New Brunswick. In January of 2006, the New Brunswick Golf Association (NBGA) officially merged with the New Brunswick Ladies Golf Association (NBLGA), resulting in one united governing body for amateur golf in the province. Programs offered by Golf NB to its 50 partner facilities and 7,700 individual members include provincial championships, rules of golf education, course rating and handicap services, and junior golf development programs.