© John DeCoste
Meghan McLean, 15, of Ken-Wo and Port Williams, captured the provincial junior girls' golf championship Thursday at Paragon in Kingston, outlasting Chester's Allison Chandler on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff after both golfers had finished regulation play with identical 311 scores.
Ken-Wo's Batherson tops juvenile boys' division, Furniss tops junior girls'
Digbyâ€™s Myles Creightonâ€™s journey to the provincial junior boysâ€™ golf title was a fairly uncomplicated one. Not so for newly-crowned junior girlsâ€™ champion Meghan McLean of Ken-Wo and Port Williams.
Creighton, who now golfs out of Ashburn (Kinsac), led the four-day tournament, hosted at Paragon in Kingston, pretty much wire-to-wire.
He was under par for all four rounds, and finished with a six-under-par 282, good for a 16-stroke bulge over runner-up Ian Lewis of Oakfield.
Drake Batherson of Ken-Wo and New Minas claimed the juvenile boysâ€™ championship after shooting rounds of 76-79-75-77 for a 307 total, good for tops among juveniles and a sixth place finish in the overall boysâ€™ standings.
On the girlsâ€™ side, McLean was consistent throughout the week, shooting rounds of 76-80-75-80 for a total of 311.
But it took a three-hole playoff for the 15-year-old Port Williams resident to finally shake Allison Chandler of Chester, who shot 82-71-78-80 to also finish regulation play at 311.
After the two golfers had entered the final round tied at 15-over-par, Chandler held a one-stroke lead at the turn, but after a bogey on 16, she found herself trailing McLean by a stroke entering the final hole.
Chandler made up that stroke on 18, forcing a playoff that ended up going three holes before McLean broke the deadlock.
Elizabeth Furniss of Berwick, playing on her home course at Paragon, was the top junior-aged golfer, but her 321 total, based on rounds of 78-77-87-79, left her third overall, 10 shots behind juveniles McLean and Chandler.
Bantam girlsâ€™ champion Heather McLean, Meghanâ€™s younger sister, was fifth overall following rounds of 93-89-88-90 for a 360 total. Bantam boysâ€™ champion Shaun Margeson of Oakfield was fourth overall on the boysâ€™ side with a 305 total.