INNISFAIL — Jesse Teron has been on a roll of late on the McLennan Ross Sun Junior Golf Tour.
Teron won for the second time in the last three events, shooting a solid two-over par 74 at the Innisfail Golf and Country Club Monday.
The 15-year-old from the Red Deer Golf and Country Club won the 15-16 year-old boys’ division and took the overall title by one stroke over Gage Murphy of Rosebud, who plays out of Drumheller.
“I got a new grip on my putter and it helps a lot,” said Teron. “I’ve been hitting the ball well most of the year and the last couple of weeks my putting is better.”
Teron, who played in the Alberta junior championship, finishing 31st, came back to the McLennan Ross tour and finished in a tie for seventh at Pinebrook in Calgary and then won the next day at Calgary’s Country Hills. He skipped the stop in Stony Plain Sunday.
Prior to that he won his division in Lacombe and was second overall in Canmore. Monday he started a bit slow, but gradually settled down.
“I was four over after three, but finished one over on the front,” he said. “But it’s a tough course. I haven’t played some of the holes before and there’s a lot of blind tee shots, which makes it tough. It’s a short course but a real tough course.”
The victory moved Teron on top of the Order of Merit in the 15-16 year-old division.
His next stop on tour will be the championship, Aug. 31 at Wolf Creek Golf Resort.
Prior to that he’ll play in the Stephen Ames Cup Aug. 19-21 in Calgary. The Cup is part of the Canadian Junior Golf Association tour and pits Canada against Trinidad and Tobago.
“That’s something I’m really excited about,” he said. “It’s a Ryder Cup format, something that should be a lot of fun.”
Meanwhile, Theoren Olver of Three Hills won the 14-and-under title with an 82, two strokes ahead of Brett Pasula of the Red Deer Golf and Country Club and Tyler Saunders of Edmonton’s Glendale Club. Kolby Vold of Wolf Creek had an 87, which gave him a berth in the tour final.
Olver felt he could have putted a bit better, which would have brought him a step closer to his goal of breaking 80 on tour.
“I missed four shorter putts,” said the 13-year-old, who plays out of the Three Hills layout.
“But this is a tough course and tough greens,” he said. Olver first got into golf at age five and started playing tournament golf by the time he was nine.
“I was out there,” he said with a smile.
Olver competed in the McLennan Ross Tour final last year, but felt he didn’t play his best.
“I was horrible last year so I’m looking forward to going back this year,” he said.
OIver has shot 80 four times on tour and does have a 69 to his credit, during a fun round in Fairmont.
‘It wasn’t from the tips, but the next ones to them,” he explained. “That was a thrill.”
Olver used to play hockey and lacrosse, but has dropped them to concentrate on golf, although he doesn’t have any outlandish goals.
“I would like to be a scratch golfer,” said Olver, who is entering Grade 8 in the fall.
Murphy won the 17-19 year-old title while Kirk Williscroft of Innisfail came in at 78, Eric de Wit of Red Deer and Jordie Weich of Innisfail at 82s and Clinton McAllister of Stettler an 86.
Spencer Dorowicz of Olds had an 82 in the 15-16 year-old division while Colby Massignan of Innisfail shot an 86, Jeff Sebastan of Innisfail a 91, John Miller of Red Deer a 98 and Elliot Layden of Innisfail a 101.
Abbie Gill of Edmonton’s Derrick Club won the girls’ title with a 90. Courtney Dixon of Innisfail came in at 115.
The tour, which has three events left prior to the final, makes a stop at Black Bull at Pigeon Lake Thursday.