Jorgenson takes junior title once again

After a slow start to his golf game on Sunday, Taylor Jorgenson was able to rebound to win the annual Kitchen Creek Junior Open.
The 15-year-old has been playing in the tournament for three years and with a gross score of 69, he became the overall winner for the second-straight time.
“I missed a few shots, but this was my all-time best round,” Jorgenson enthused. “I hit the ball far today and putted well.
“The course is playing really tough but I managed to have an all-around pretty good game,” he added.
The tournament featured a shotgun start, with Jorgenson going off on the back nine. He explained how he was able to pull himself out of a slow start for a good round.
“I started really bad, with three bogeys in the first five holes, but then I did better and finished even on the back nine,” he recounted. “On the front nine, I birdied two, six, and eight, and parred the rest.”
Jorgenson said he tried not to allow anything to affect his game.
“I didn’t really hear of anyone playing very good, so I could just keep playing my own game,” he remarked.
He also noted that the wind didn’t affect too many shots. He also didn’t want the heat to get to him, so he tried to stay hydrated.
Jorgenson has been golfing for eight years.
“It’s a sport I am able to do well at,” he said. “My grandma and grandpa taught me to play at an early age.”
Jorgenson has been having a a very successful golfing season this year. Earlier last week, he topped his age division in the Junior Men’s Rural Championship in Gilbert Plaines, Man.
With a two-day score of 163, Jorgenson beat the dozen other 15- and 16-year-olds in the tournament.
Jorgenson also finished third in the Heron Landing Men’s Open on June 24-25. His two-day total in that tournament was 150.
As the winner of Sunday’s junior tournament, Jorgenson received a $150 gift certificate to Skates & Blades, which he plans to use to buy hockey equipment.
Jorgenson said that coming out of this tournament, he now has his sights set on another one.
“My goal for this year is to play well in the Kitchen Creek Classic on Aug. 12 and 13,” he said.
Altogether, 16 golfers took part in Sunday’s tournament, which was held under extremely hot, humid conditions.
The runner-up to Jorgenson in the championship flight was Scott Basaraba with a gross score of 78. Third place went to Jordan Davis (79).
Players also received prizes for the highest net score. In the championship flight, Matt Hebert and Alex McDonald both finished with a net score of 71, followed by Kyle Turgeon (74).
In the first flight, gross winners were Justin Anderson (85), Dan Brunetta (86), and Ben Klyne (97).
Net winners in the first flight were Brad McDonald (70), Nolan Ross (75), and Ben Smaha (80).
Prizes also were up for grabs for several closest-to-the-hole competitions.
The winners were Taylor Jorgenson (#5), Jordan Sinclair (#7), Dan Brunetta (#11), and Matt Hebert (#13).