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Pitt Meadows hosts the opening tournament of the MJT 2023 season

Maple Ridge golfer Elsa Wu finished fourth in her category
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Golden Eagle Golf Club hosted the first tournament of the MJT 2023 season from March 13-14. (MJT/Special to The News)

The 25th season of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour (MJT) got underway at the Golden Eagle Golf Club this week, with more than 80 players from B.C. and Alberta showing up to start the new season.

MJT tournament director Chris Hood said that the windy weather and wet conditions were less than ideal, but were still good enough to get in some good games of golf.

“We were lucky to get the tournament in and, based on the week’s forecast, we dodged a bullet,” said Hood.

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The tournament featured one local golfer, Elsa Wu, with Maple Ridge resident Cassie Zhiyi Chen also scheduled to participate but was forced to withdraw.

Wu, 13, competed in the U15 girls category, finishing just shy of the top three spots after the two-day tournament.

With a score of 165, Wu managed to snag a fourth-place finish, 14 strokes behind the winner Yeeun (Jenny) Kwon.

The full list of winners across each category were:

• U15 girls – Yeeun (Jenny) Kwon, Vancouver

• 15-19 girls – Zhehui (Hui) Yu, Burnaby

• Peewee boys – Tiger Zhao, Vancouver

• Bantam Boys – Hongzhao (Thomas) Xu, Vancouver

• Juvenile boys – Eric Joo, Coquitlam

• Junior boys – Tristan Jackman, Surrey

The next tournament on the tour will be the 2023 MJT Humber College PGM Classic at University Golf Club in Vancouver, which runs from March 18 to 20.

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