Iguchi Goes Wire-to-Wire, Stone Overtakes Lead to Earn Medalist Honours at Future Links, Driven by Acura Western Championship

June 4, 2018

Iguchi earns thrilling wire-to-wire victory as Stone edged competition to win

 

HIGH RIVER, Alta.  – The sun was shining down on the 2018 Future Links, driven by Acura Western Championship as Kai Iguchi went wire-to-wire while Taylor Stone came from behind to win on Sunday at Highwood Golf.

 

Kai Iguchi continued his impressive tournament run after dominating the field during the final round. The Banff, Alta., product fired six birdies and an eagle to lock up the junior boys division with a convincing 10-stroke victory at 11-under-par 199.

 

“I made a lot more putts than I have during the past couple of days. I just limited the mistakes and kept it steady,” said the 18-year-old who tied Highwood Golf’s competitive course record. “This is my first big win. It’s still relatively early but this is really good for momentum and confidence for the season.”

 

Ethan Choi, of Pincher Creek, Alta., held on to his second-round position to end the tournament in second at 1-under-par 209. Brycen Ko and Ethan de Graaf finish with a third-place total 2-over-par 212.

 

The other top-six finishers earning exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 30-Aug. 2 at Medicine Hat Golf & Country Club in Medicine Hat, Alta. are Benjamin Farrington of Fort McMurray, Alta., and Korbin Allan of Strathmore, Alta., who won a playoff for sixth spot with a par on the 2nd playoff hole.

 

In the junior girls division, Taylor Stone moved up the leaderboard to emerge victorious. The eighteen-year-old stayed within striking distance throughout the weekend, entering the final round two shots behind the lead.

 

Stone, currently a freshman on the University of Texas El Paso’s golf team, was the only player in the junior girls division to record a score  in the red during round three. Her tournament-best 69 (-1) helped earn her medallist honours with a 5-over-par total of 215.

 

“My game plan over the past few weeks was just to have fun and enjoy the whole experience because it’s my last junior year,” said the Calgary, Alta. talent, who will add this victory to her win at last weekend’s PGA of Alberta Junior Masters. “It means a lot. My goal was to win so I’m really happy that I’ve stuck with my plan.”

 

Fellow Calgarian Tillie Claggett, who started the tournament in seventh, carded a round of 3 over to climb up the leaderboard for the second consecutive day. The fourteen-year-old finished in solo-second at 12-over-par 222, while round one leader Emily Zhu ended up in third at 13-over-par 223.

 

Rounding out the top six earning exemptions into the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship on  July 31-Aug. 3 at Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, B.C. are Annabelle Ackroyd (Calgary, Alta.), Jenna Bruggeman (Edmonton, Alta.), Camille Lapierre-Ouellet (Granby, Que.) and Stephanie Chelack (Calgary Alta.).

NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos from the final round can be found here. Credit: (Andrew Penner/Golf Canada)

 

2018 FUTURE LINKS, DRIVEN BY ACURA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – JUNIOR BOYS DIVISION

1. Kai Iguchi, Banff, AB, *68-68-63-199 -11

2. Ethan Choi, Pincher Creek, AB, *71-67-71-209 -1

3. Brycen Ko, Richmond, BC, *72-70-70-212 +2

3. Ethan de Graaf, Edmonton, AB, *69-69-74-212 +2

5. Benjamin Farrington, Fort Mcmurray, AB, *70-72-71-213 +3

6. Korbin Allan, Strathmore, AB, *76-69-69-214 +4

6. Adam Niles, Kamloops BC, *72-68-74-214 +4

8. Jace Ouellette, Red Deer County, AB, *72-69-74-215 +5

9. Max Murchison, Calgary, AB, *72-77-67-216 +6

9. Mason Harder, Lethbridge County, AB, *75-72-69-216 +6

9. Hunter Thomson, Calgary, AB, *72-73-71-216 +6

9. Bradley Moser, Saskatoon, SK, *71-70-75-216 +6

13. William Tindle, Coquitlam, BC, *79-70-69-218 +8

14. Carter Graf, Sylvan Lake, AB, *70-76-77-223 +13

15. Nigel Anderson, Calgary, AB, *82-71-71-224 +14

16. Jakob Chicoyne, Calgary, AB, *72-77-76-225 +15

17. Richard Dou, Calgary, AB, *81-73-72-226 +16

17. Connor Dunlop, Strathmore, AB, *75-76-75-226 +16

19. Ty Steinbring, Barrhead, AB, *78-77-72-227 +17

19. Brodie Shields-Tyler, Calgary, AB, *77-76-74-227 +17

21. Cian Besler-Chalcroft, Calgary, AB, *76-78-74-228 +18

21. Caleb Kinch, Medicine Hat, AB, *78-74-76-228 +18

21. Carson Rody, Calgary, AB, *74-78-76-228 +18

21. Naoki Iwasaki, Edmonton, AB, *73-73-82-228 +18

25. Ryan Hodgins, Medicine Hat, AB, *77-80-72-229 +19

25. Tyler Watt, Innisfail, AB, *77-75-77-229 +19

25. Elias Theodossopoulos, Calgary, AB, *74-76-79-229 +19

28. Rory Huycke, Calgary, AB, *76-83-71-230 +20

28. Tayler Kurucz, Calgary, AB, *77-75-78-230 +20

28. Brady McKinlay, Lacombe, AB, *77-75-78-230 +20

31. Nick Sprovieri, Calgary, AB, *74-73-84-231 +21

32. Callum Mckay, Calgary, AB, *73-81-78-232 +22

32. Bradley McKeating, Calgary, AB, *74-78-80-232 +22

32. Reid Svendsen, Grande Prairie, AB, *74-75-83-232 +22

32. Steven Duchscher, Saskatoon, SK, *78-71-83-232 +22

36. Aria Kabganian, Calgary, AB, *77-80-76-233 +23

36. Jean-Philippe Parr, St-celestin, QC, *80-71-82-233 +23

38. Andrew Makarchuk, Taber, AB, *77-81-76-234 +24

39. Chase Broderson, Lacombe, AB, *77-82-76-235 +25

39. Cole Ruelling, Edmonton, AB, *81-74-80-235 +25

41. Cole Bergheim, Red Deer, AB, *79-79-78-236 +26

41. Marko Banic, Calgary, AB, *78-76-82-236 +26

41. Caden Park, Calgary, AB, *78-77-81-236 +26

44. Thomas Sluka, Canmore, AB, *79-81-77-237 +27

44. Andrew C Campbell, Saskatoon, SK, *78-77-82-237 +27

46. Brayden Swift, Calgary, AB, *85-75-78-238 +28

46. Bridger Atkinson, High River, AB, *83-76-79-238 +28

46. Alex Gerrard, Red Deer County, AB, *81-78-79-238 +28

49. Zachary Farkas, Calgary, AB, *72-85-82-239 +29

50. Nicholas Mah, Edmonton, AB, *82-81-77-240 +30

51. Sangvin Kang, Richmond, BC, *81-76-85-242 +32

52. Braden O'Grady, Edmonton, AB, *80-78-85-243 +33

53. Connor Maloney, Calgary, AB, *90-77-77-244 +34

53. Mark Janes, Red Deer, AB, *87-75-82-244 +34

53. Bradin Stahl, Priddis, AB, *79-82-83-244 +34

53. Rylie Seaman, Lethbridge, AB, *80-78-86-244 +34

57. Brendan Grabo, Lacombe, AB, *85-79-81-245 +35

58. Arend de Waal, Barrhead, AB, *86-79-82-247 +37

58. Devin Kucy, Camrose, AB, *76-85-86-247 +37

60. Mason Kucy, Camrose, *79-89-80-248 +38

60. Nikko Sebjanic, Calgary, AB, *84-84-80-248 +38

62. Cole Bateman, Calgary, AB, *85-83-81-249 +39

62. Theo Sekulic, Rycroft, AB, *81-82-86-249 +39

64. Nolan Burzminski, Medicine hat, AB, *86-87-77-250 +40

65. Eli Mathew, Toronto, ON, *86-80-85-251 +41

65. Dylan Gunderson, Calgary, AB, *83-84-84-251 +41

67. Logan Graf, Sylvan Lake, AB, *82-90-83-255 +45

68. Mitchell Fleming, Calgary, AB, *77-91-89-257 +47

69. Owen MacEachern, Calgary, AB, *83-90-86-259 +49

70. Matthew Betker, Calgary, AB, *88-85-89-262 +52

71. Brolin Badger, Edmonton, AB, *98-91-89-278 +68

72. Benjamin Lovrod, Grande Prairie, AB, *94-91-95-280 +70

 

DID NOT FINISH

WD. Jordan Cooke, Sylvan Lake, AB, *80-0-0-80 +10

WD. Jordan Bean, Canmore, AB, *73-82-37-192 +17

WD. William Holan, Edmonton, AB, *

WD. Riley Lai, Vancouver, BC, *

NS. Cooper Lindberg, Calgary, AB, *88-0-0-88 +18

NS. Minho Sung, Abbotsford, BC, *

 

2018 FUTURE LINKS, DRIVEN BY ACURA WESTERN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – JUNIOR GIRLS DIVISION

1. Taylor Stone, Calgary, AB, *75-71-69-215 +5

2. Tillie Claggett, Calgary, AB, *80-69-73-222 +12

3. Emily Zhu, Richmond Hill, ON, *71-75-77-223 +13

4. Annabelle Ackroyd, Calgary, AB, *73-71-81-225 +15

5. Jenna Bruggeman, Edmonton, AB, *75-75-78-228 +18

6. Camille Lapierre-Ouellet, Granby, Quebec, *80-80-77-237 +27

6. Stephanie Chelack, Calgary, AB, *84-76-77-237 +27

8. Sandee Park, West Vancouver, BC, *76-79-83-238 +28

9. Sydney Scraba, Calgary, AB, *84-73-82-239 +29

10. Rachel Chung, Langley, BC, *82-73-87-242 +32

11. Vanessa Zhang, Vancouver, BC, *81-83-81-245 +35

12. Abi Hartzler, Carstairs, AB, *84-83-79-246 +36

13. Sherri Yang, Richmond, BC, *86-78-83-247 +37

13. Grace Bell, Calgary, AB, *78-87-82-247 +37

15. Kaitlyn Wingnean, Edmonton, AB, *81-83-87-251 +41

15. Emily Lili Xu, Burnaby, BC, *84-78-89-251 +41

17. Michelle Ai, West Vancouver, BC, *77-84-91-252 +42

18. Ella Kozak, Yorkton, SK, *89-84-82-255 +45

19. Jayla Kucy, Camrose, AB, *85-89-82-256 +46

19. Alexa Wingnean, Edmonton, AB, *83-86-87-256 +46

19. Alanna Makarchuk, Taber, AB, *84-85-87-256 +46

19. Brooke Brezovski, St Albert, AB, *87-76-93-256 +46

23. MacKenzie Baustad, Calgary, AB, *84-85-89-258 +48

24. Athena Yue Zeng, Vancouver, BC, *85-89-85-259 +49

25. Samantha Copeland, Calgary, AB, *86-90-87-263 +53

26. Chelsea Joseph, Lethbridge, AB, *94-85-88-267 +57

27. Alexa Matthews, Victoria, BC, *87-99-86-272 +62

28. Georgia Barr, Calgary, AB, *96-93-85-274 +64

29. Ella Gifford, Beaumont, AB, *99-88-89-276 +66

30. Brooke Frerichs, Calgary, AB, *86-95-96-277 +67

31. Sydney Kostreba, Calgary, AB, *95-92-91-278 +68

32. Anna An, Coquitlam, BC, *91-98-93-282 +72

33. Belle Brezovski, ST. Albert, AB, *100-98-98-296 +86

34. Deanne Whenham, Yellowknife, NT, *103-106-99-308 +98

 

Full results

 

 

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FUTURE LINKS, driven by Acura
Future Links, driven by Acura is Canada’s national junior golf program conducted by Golf Canada, the PGA of Canada and Canada’s provincial golf associations. Proudly supported by Acura, Puma, The R&A, NGCOA Canada, ClubLink and Sport Canada, the program is designed to forge a link between Canada’s youth and golf to ensure the future of the game in Canada. The program features three core areas of focus—in-school programming, facility programming and community outreach—including elements such as Golf in Schools, Learn to Play, Girl’s Club, Mobile Clinics, Junior Skills Competition and Community Golf Coach, along with six regional Future Links Junior Championships.  Since the inception of the program in 1996, more than 1.4 million young Canadians have taken part in Future Links.  For more information, visit golfcanada.ca/futurelinks

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