Prior to this year, there were only seven players who could boast back-to-back Canadian Junior Boys Championship titles.
Jean-Philippe Parr of St-Célestin, Qué., has become the eighth.
During the week at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links in Kamloops, B.C., the temperature went above 40 C, but not as hot as Parr’s putter. He fired a final round of three-under-par 69 to clinch his victory, finishing three shots ahead of the competition.
“It’s always been a tournament I’ve wanted to win so to go back-to-back is really cool,” said Parr. “It was a lot of fun to play with all of the Team Canada guys. It’s great to have fun too.”
The back-to-back title and a spot on the Silver Cup with his name on it aren’t the only avenues in which Parr has etched his name into Canadian golf history this week.
On Monday, he shot a second round of 62, which tied the low Canadian Junior Boys Championship single-scoring record set by Calvin Ross in 2017 and matched by Christopher Vandette in 2019.
“Obviously my second round was really cool, but then today, I hit a really good shot on 11 and it just really gave me a good confidence boost to finish the round,” he said.
The victory adds yet another accolade to Parr’s resume, including victories at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship in 2021, Quebec Junior and Juvenile Boys Championship in 2020 and both the AJGA Junior at Southpointe and the Future Links Fall Series East in 2019.
With the victory, Parr receives exemptions into both the 2023 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, S.C., as well as a spot in 2023 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship.
Andre Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont., secured the title in the 16-and-under Juvenile Boys Division with a score of 272 for the tournament. Matthew Javier finished two strokes back of Zhu’s lead.
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