Surrey’s Andy Liu, 11, after winning the MJT Humber College PGM Classic tournament at University Golf Club in Vancouver on March 16. (submitted photo: Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour)

GOLF

Surrey’s Andy Liu, 11, putts in for tourney win after ‘marathon’ playoff

Maple Leaf Junior Golf event was played before COVID-19 forced tour postponement

A clutch par putt on the ninth extra hole of a playoff gave Surrey 11-year-old Andy Liu the Peewee Boys division win during Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s season-opening tourney at University Golf Club.

Liu earned the Hoselton trophy at the MJT Humber College PGM Classic tournament, presented by TaylorMade at the course in Vancouver from March 14 to 16.

The six-division tournament was held before play on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour was temporarily suspended due to the current COVID-19 virus pandemic.

“A packed field of young competitors showcased exceptional talent and perseverance very early in the golf season,” said operators of the tour, now in its 22nd season.

Much of the action happened in the MJT Peewee Boys division won by Surrey’s Liu.

During the final round, nine-year-old Matthew Cui, of Burnaby, scored a hole-in-one on the seventh hole, and the division needed nine extra playoff holes to determine the winner between Liu (who scored rounds of 76, 76, 79 for a three-day total of 231) and Langley’s Soohan Park (75, 80, 76, for 231).

“With both players trading opportunities to win throughout the playoff, it was Liu who made a clutch par putt on the ninth extra hole to take home the Hoselton trophy and his first win of the season, while Park had to settle for a runner-up finish after the marathon battle,” according to a Maple Leaf news release.

Tied for third place in the division were 2019 MJT Mini Tour national champion Michael Li , 11, of Vancouver (78, 79, and 75) and Surrey’s Sukhraj Singh Gill, 12 (76, 81, and 75).

Meantime, Surrey’s Joshua Ince was the Bantam Boys winner of the tournament’s PLYR Long Drive competition.

Full tourney results are posted to maplejt.com.

”The Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour would like to remind everyone that upcoming events have been suspended, to be rescheduled for play at a later date as circumstances allow, due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak allow,” tour operators said in a news release on March 17.

“The MJT is committed to ensuring the health and safety all its players, families, and personnel and wishes that everyone remain safe and healthy during these times. For more information, please visit the website at www.maplejt.com.”



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Surrey bus driver tests positive for COVID-19

Routes he drove have not been disclosed

Surrey mayor denies property tax deferral motion

Councillor’s notice of motion for Surrey property taxes to be deferred until Dec. 2 out of order

Team refunds OK’d for cancelled Surrey Mayor’s Cup soccer tournament

The decision follows the amalgamation of the Central City Breakers club with Surrey Football Club

COVID-19: 4 new deaths, 25 new cases but only in Vancouver Coastal, Fraser Health

A total of 1,291 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

COVID-19: Don’t get away for Easter weekend, Dr. Bonnie Henry warns

John Horgan, Adrian Dix call 130 faith leaders as holidays approach

COVID-19: Trudeau says 30K ventilators on the way; 3.6M Canadians claim benefits

Canada has seen more than 17,000 cases and at least 345 deaths due to COVID-19

RCMP call on kids to name latest foal recruits

The baby horses names are to start with the letter ‘S’

As Canadians return home amid pandemic, border crossings dip to just 5% of usual traffic

Non-commercial land crossing dipped by 95%, air travel dropped by 96 per cent, according to the CBSA

Logan Boulet Effect: Green Shirt Day calls on Canadians to become organ donors

While social distancing, the day also honours the 16 lives lost in the 2018 Humboldt Broncos Crash

COMMENTARY: Knowing where COVID-19 cases are does not protect you

Dr. Bonnie Henry explains why B.C. withholds community names

B.C. wide burning restrictions come into effect April 16

‘Larger open burns pose an unnecessary risk and could detract from wildfire detection’

B.C. secures motel, hotel rooms for COVID-19 shelter space

Community centres, rooms reserved for pandemic self-isolation

Most Read