Braving hard rain, bitter cold and windy conditions at the impressive Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course in Lewiston, New York – top local junior golfers from western New York and Southern Ontario qualified for the 2014 Veritas World Junior Golf Championship.
In the girls division, Lauren Kase of North Tonawanda bested Sarah Notaro of Lancaster by a single stroke to win the Champion’s plaque. Sonia Nagindas of Aurora, Ontario finished third and also qualified for the Veritas event, scheduled for July 2014 in southern California.
Similarly, the boys’ title was decided by a single stroke as Alex Prise made a clutch five-footer on the final hole to claim a one shot victory over Erich Spitz, both of Orchard Park. Joey Rinaldi of Clarence, NY – and St Joe’s Collegiate took third place, 3 strokes off the pace.
Jack Rinaldi and Scotty Zenosky (Tonawanda) also qualified for the Veritas event, tying for 4th with their play at Hickory Stick.
CAGT was founded by western New York native Tom Lizardo and has played its events, including events ranked by Golfweek Magazine and the Junior Golf Scoreboard, as well as several qualifiers for a number of international events such as the International Junior Masters, the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship, for nearly five years. The event at Hickory Stick was the CAGT’s first venture outside of the Metro Washington, DC Area, but Lizardo promises that the group is planning more events around the country, including in western New York and Southern Ontario in spring 2014.
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