Thomson wraps up junior golf career

Even though Christin Thomson’s fourth and final trip to the Canadian Junior National girls’ golf tournament last week saw her on the outside looking in, she’s happy to have competed with the best in the country.
The Fort Frances native, 18, carded a three-round total of 252 (87-84-81) to finish in a tie for 46th place among the filed of 96 competing at the Southwood Golf and Country Club in Manitoba.
She wound up 30 shots off the pace set by champion Christine Boucher of Rouyn-Noranda, Que., who fired rounds a 73, 72, and 77 for a six-over par 222.
Thomson’s finish was an improvement over last year’s 65th place and her best showing overall. But the result was not quite satisfying enough for he.
“It was an improvement but not as much as I’d like to improve,” remarked Thomson, who was playing for Team Manitoba. “As it went on, I got more comfortable with the course. I started to focus on the simple things that would allow me to score better.
“I’ve been working on my swing a lot lately. I just started focusing on that and to trust it sometimes,” she added. “Unfortunately, my putting got away from me.”
Ontario captured the team competition, with Thomson said there was no advantage for Manitoba to playing on home turf.
“I don’t think there was much of that,” she said. “Girls who hadn’t seen the course played very well there. If you’re a strong golfer, you’ll play well wherever you play.”
Thomson had qualified for Team Manitoba on her previous three national junior event by finishing in the top four at the provincial showdown. This year, she failed to crack the team that way but was entered based on her low handicap (seven) among entries.
Looking ahead, Thomson will be competing here this Saturday in the annual Kitchen Creek ladies’ tournament, where she is the defending champ.
She also will attend the American Junior Golf Association’s “FutureLinks” event in Whistler, B.C. on Aug. 20-23 as well as one in Toronto on Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
Thomson said qualifying for these tournaments can be a battle within itself. “They only take 16 to 18 girls so your past results become that much more important,” she stressed.
What’s important for her now is deciding whether to return to Fort High for her OAC year. While she said her chances of returning are good, Thomson has considered offers to play golf for a U.S. college or may even take the year off from school to continue improving on her game.