Jesse Teron of Red Deer heated up during the second half of the season after securing his spot in the McLennan Ross Sun Junior Tour championship event, set for Monday at Wolf Creek.
Teron qualified for the provincial junior tour’s title tournament by firing an 80 and placing first in the 16-17 age class of the boys’ division, albeit out of the top 10 overall. Later, he recorded victories at Calgary Country Hills with a 73 score on Aug. 6 and four days later at Innisfail — where he shot a 74 — and was runner-up at Canmore with a 70 on July 27.
The Red Deer Golf and Country Club member is one of 22 Central Albertans who have punched their card to the McLennan Ross Sun Junior Tour championship. The final opportunity presents itself today with the last regular-season event at Calgary McKenzie Meadows.
Nolan West of Rocky Mountain House Pine Hills was the first Central Albertan to qualify when he finished third at Golden on May 30 and earned a wild card spot. James Ursulak of Ponoka followed by qualifying at Drayton Valley on June 13, posting a 74 and finishing second overall.
Other Red Deer boys’ qualifiers are Eric Dewit, who took top honours at Lacombe with a 71; Robert Flaman-Haley, who was second in the 14 years and under category with a 92; Matthew Codd, who first in the 14 and under division at Lethbridge with a 36-hole total of 163 (81-82); Brett Pasula, whose round of 84 gave him third spot in the 14 and under class at Carstairs; and Bennett Williams of River Bend, who qualified at Innisfail by carding an 87 in the 14 and under category.
Katie Griffiths of River Bend and Cara Vanderham of Innisfail gained entry into the Aug. 31 championship in the girls’ division. Vanderham qualified by finishing second at Ponoka with an 85, and Griffiths was second at Strathmore with a 110 score.
Jordie Weich of Innisfail and Lacombe’s Scott Ellen each gained a wild card spot by shooting matching 74s at Lacombe, just as Kolby Vold of Wolf Creek qualified by matching Williams’ 87 at Innisfail.
Olds golfers Spencer Dorowicz, Jason Thiels and Matt McDonald qualified on their home course on July 7. Dorowicz shot a 75 and was second overall, earning a wild card berth in the process. Thiels and McDonald also checked in with wild card spots by firing matching 76s, good for third place.
Theron Olver of Three Hills also qualified at Olds, carding an 80 as a 14 and under competitor.
Other Central Alberta boys’ qualifiers:
Ryan Moore, Ponoka, first overall at Ponoka (70); Kirk Williscroft, Innisfail, fifth overall at Ponoka (75); Levi McDermott, Sylvan Lake, tied for third at Camrose (73); Jason Hoeve, Olds, wild card at Innisfail (83); Jared Nicolls, Wolf Creek, fourth in 14 and under (81) at Leduc.