Zak Griffiths wins tourney in New York

Red Deer’s Zak Griffiths defeated Brendan Leonard of Cambridge, Ont., 2-and-1 in the match play final of the prestigious International Junior Masters golf tournament in East Aurora, N.Y., on Friday.

Red Deer’s Zak Griffiths defeated Brendan Leonard of Cambridge, Ont., 2-and-1 in the match play final of the prestigious International Junior Masters golf tournament in East Aurora, N.Y., on Friday.

In stroke play over the first two days of the tournament, Griffiths turned in rounds of 70-74 and finished second at 3-over 145, five strokes behind stroke play winner Daniel Zuluaga of Columbia.

Griffiths then opened the championship flight match play with a win over David Cellura of Penfield, N.Y., on the 19th hole, and followed with a 1-up victory over Mexican Patrick Sanchiez Mitchell.

From there, the Red Deer golfer defeated fellow Albertan Ryan Werre of Redcliff 3-and-2, and knocked off Daniel De La Garza of Mexico 1-up in a semifinal.

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