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Beach Grove's Zhang a winner on Maple Leaf Junior Tour

12-year-old fired rounds of 75 and 71
Alex Zhang
Alex Zhang captured his division at the latest stop on the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour in Chilliwack.

It’s a busy month of July for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s B.C. swing and Alex Zhang is off to a terrific start.

The 12-year-old Beach Grove Golf Club junior fired rounds of 75 and 71 (146) to capture the Bantam Boys Division at this week’s MJT Ford Series event hosted by the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club. Zhang was two shots better than Coquitlam’s Eric Joo.

The 2020 MJT Player of the Year made an eight on the fifth hole of his second round but responded by making three birdies in his next four holes.

“I feel good about winning this MJT tournament,” commented Zhang. “I stayed calm and patient and continued to play my game.”

An elite field of junior golfers from across the province competed for titles in six divisions, counting down the opportunities to gain valuable points on the MJT Order of Merit presented by RBC.

Other local results included Charlie Derrheim, 15, finishing fifth in the Juvenile Boys Division with rounds of 78-74. Derrheim was fresh off a third place finish at last week’s B.C. Junior Boys Championships at Morningstar in Parksville after firing a 72-hole total of 296 (73-75-75-73).

Russell Howlett, 19, was second in the Junior Boys Division in Chilliwack thanks to rounds of 68-75. Adrian Murray, 18, was eighth (77-76) and Luke Spencer, 17, ninth (78-79).