Jayden Ford Wins U19 Boys Strokeplay Title in 3 Way Playoff, Erika Cui Triumphs in U19 Girls

A strong field teed of in the 2017 WGI U19 36 Hole Strokeplay Championship at Royal Wellington GC. On a beautiful sunny winters day, Jordan Burgess, Trey Shedlock and Jayden Ford finished tied at the end of regulation play. In fading light the 3 title aspirants set off down the 1st at RWGC, all making par. Back to the 1st tee and with the light marginal, the 3 were informed that if a winner wasn't found the title would be shared. With Treys 20 ft birdie finishing mm's away, Jayden calmly rolled in his 15 footer and watched as Jordan's attempt from a similar distance slid by.

In the girls event a strong start in the morning round by Darae Chung, the only sub par round in both fields, wasn't enough to hold off a steady Erika Cui who prevailed by one shot to add another WGI title to her 2016 Senior Matchplay success, continuing a liking for events held at Royal Wellington. Erika, Darae and Jayden have all been selected to attend NZG High Performance training camps - a great acheivement for the 13 year old trio.