Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Kevin Kwon, 18, of Maple Ridge, B.C., and Brooke Henderson, 16 of Smiths Falls, ON finished atop the CN Future Links Junior Boys and Junior Girls National Order of Merit respectively, to earn the distinction as Canada’s top junior golfers in 2013.
In 2013, Kwon captured the Canadian Junior Boys Championship by five strokes and won the season-opening CN Future Links Pacific event. Kwon also captured two gold medals at the Canada Summer Games – winning individually and also as a member of Team BC. His season was also highlighted by a T13 finish at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and a fourth place finish at the 111th B.C. Amateur Championship.
Henderson captured the CN Future Links National Junior Girls Order of Merit as a 16-year-old. Maddie Szeryk of Allen, Texas, finished second in the standings after her 14-stroke victory over Henderson at the Royale Cup Canadian Junior Girls Championship. Team Canada Development Squad members, Valérie Tanguay of St-Hyacinthe, Que., Taylor Kim of Surrey, B.C. and Jaclyn Lee of Calgary rounded out the top-5.
On the men’s side, Corey Conners, a member of Team Canada’s National Squad, is one of Canada’s top ranked amateur golfers at No. 41 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Conners’ breakout season was highlighted by a second place finish at the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and semi-final appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship. As a junior at Kent State University, he also notched a slew of top-10 finishes in NCAA action. In addition, the Listowel, Ont., native made an appearance at the PGA TOUR’s RBC Canadian Open and posted a third place finish at the prestigious Monroe Invitational.
Rounding out the next three spots on the Men’s Order of Merit were Team Canada National Squad members Taylor Pendrith of Richmond Hill, Ont., Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., Adam Svensson of Surrey, B.C., while Charlie Hughes of Langley, B.C., finished the 2013 season in fifth place.
On the women’s side, Henderson, claimed those honours as the No. 9 ranked female amateur in the world. In 2013, the Team Canada member captured three titles, including the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship, the South American Amateur Championship and the CN Future Links Pacific Championship. On the professional stage, the Smiths Falls, Ont., native recorded two top-3 finishes on the CN Canadian Women’s Tour, a T35 finish at the LPGA’s Manulife Financial Classic and made an appearance at the CN Canadian Women’s Open. In addition, at only 15 years of age, Henderson finished T59 at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open – an LPGA major and premier world event.
Rounding out the top-five in the women’s national rankings were the city of Québec’s Anne-Catherine Tanguay, Soobin Kim of Coquitlam, B.C., and Team Canada’s Augusta James of Bath, Ont., alongside her teammate Brittany Marchand of Orangeville, Ont.
The following are the Top-10 on the CN Future Links Junior Boys and Junior Girls 2013 National Orders of Merit:
Junior Boys – Top 10
1. Kevin Kwon (Maple Ridge, B.C.) 3,185.00
2. Hugo Bernard (Mont-St-Hilaire, Que.) 3,022.50
3. Étienne Papineau (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.) 2,967.50
4. Joseph Kremer (Toronto, Ont.) 2,963.75
5. Tony Gil (Vaughan, Ont.) 2,927.50
6. Nicholas Ross (Dundas, Ont.) 2,908.00
7. Austin James (Bath, Ont.) 2,702.17
8. Matt Williams (Calgary, AB) 2,538.33
9. Josh Whalen (Napanee, Ont.) 2,360.50
10. Matthew Scobie (Ajax, Ont.) 2,265.00
10. Zach Anderson (Nanaimo, B.C.) 2,265.00
Junior Girls – Top 10
1. Brooke Henderson (Smiths Falls, Ont.) 8,035.83
2. Maddie Szeryk (Allen, Texas) 4,013.00
3. Valérie Tanguay (St-Hyacinthe, Que.) 3,998.00
4. Taylor Kim (Surrey, B.C.) 3,485.29
5. Jaclyn Lee (Calgary, AB) 3,372.50
6. Sabrine Garrison (Calgary, AB) 3,155.83
7. Michelle Kim (Surrey, B.C.) 3,103.33
8. Naomi Ko (Victoria, B.C.) 2,981.66
9. Alix Kong (West Vancouver, B.C.) 2,815.00
10. Annie Lacombe (Laval, Que.) 2,730.00
The CN Future Links Junior Boys and Girls National Order of Merit recognizes season-long achievements, and were established to identify Canada’s top junior golfers.
The following are the Top 10 on the Men’s and Women’s 2013 National Orders of Merit presented by Under Armour:
Men’s Amateur – Top 10
1. Corey Conners (Listowel, Ont.) 5,935.00
2. Taylor Pendrith (Richmond Hill, Ont.) 4,912.50
3. Garrett Rank (Elmira, Ont.) 2,930.38
4. Adam Svensson (Surrey, B.C.) 2,295.80
5. Charlie Hughes (Langley, B.C.) 2,173.02
6. Chris Hemmerich (Kitchener, Ont.) 2,054.42
7. Riley Fleming (Airdrie, AB) 1,902.25
8. Kevin Carrigan (Victoria, B.C.) 1,850.00
9. Stephane Dubois (Victoria, B.C.) 1,850.00
10. Kevin Kwon (Maple Ridge, B.C.) 1,355.47
Women’s Amateur – Top 10
1. Brooke Henderson (Smiths Falls, Ont.) 6,069.38
2. Anne-Catherine Tanguay (Québec, Que.) 4,257.25
3. Soobin Kim (Coquitlam, B.C.) 3,892.50
4. Augusta James (Bath, Ont.) 3,290.83
5. Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ont.) 3,196.44
6. Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Ont.) 2,699.44
7. Vivian Tsui (Markham, Ont.) 1,754.82
8. Taylor Kim (Surrey, B.C.) 1,619.32
9. Robyn Doig (Seaforth, Ont.) 1,539.87
10. Josée Doyon (Beauceville, Que.) 1,533.64
The National Men’s and Women’s Order of Merit presented by Under Armour recognize season-long achievements and were established to identify Canada’s top amateur golfers.
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