Prior to today, there were only seven players who could boast back-to-back Canadian Junior Boys Championship titles. Now, Jean-Philippe Parr from St-Célestin, Qué. adds his name to the list as the eighth.
During the week at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, the weather reached upwards of 40 degrees. Hot, but not as hot as JP’s putter. The 18-year-old University of Tennessee commit fired a final round of 3-under-par 69 today to clinch his victory, finishing three shots ahead of the competition.
“It’s always been a tournament I’ve wanted to win so to go back-to-back is really cool,” said Parr of the consecutive titles. “It was a lot of fun to play with all of the Team Canada guys. It’s great to have fun too.”
The back-to-back title and a spot on the Silver Cup with his name on it aren’t the only avenues in which Parr has etched his name into Canadian golf history this week. On Monday, JP shot a second round of 62 which tied the low Canadian Junior Boys Championship single-scoring record set by Calvin Ross in 2017 and matched by Christopher Vandette in 2019.
“Obviously my second round was really cool, but then today I hit a really good shot on eleven and it just really gave me a good confidence boost to finish the round,” the Team Canada National Junior Squad member noted of his memorable tournament moments.
Parr’s name is in good company on the Canadian Junior Boys trophy. He adds his handle to a list of notable previous champions including PGA TOUR player Nick Taylor (2006) and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member George Knudson (1955).
The victory adds yet another accolade to Parr’s resume including victories at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship in 2021, Quebec Junior and Juvenile Boys Championship in 2020 and both the AJGA Junior at Southpointe and the Future Links Fall Series East in 2019.
With the victory, Parr receives exemptions into both the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., as well as a spot in 2023 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship. The exemption awarded from his 2021 Canadian Junior Boys Championship win led to a fourth-place finish at the 2022 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship which was contested last week at Point Grey Golf and Country Club and Seymour Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, B.C.
The final pairing saw Parr chased by Andre Zhu (Richmond Hill, Ont.), Ethan Wilson (St. Albert, Alta.), and Gavyn Knight (Parksville, B.C) who tied for second at 16-under.
Andre Zhu also secured the title in the 16-and-under Juvenile Boys Division with a score of 272 for the tournament. Matthew Javier, who landed an impressive chip shot on 18 for eagle finished two strokes back of Zhu’s lead.
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