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Susan Xiao wins 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship

Written by Golf Canada
(Bernard Brault/Golf Canada)

54-hole leader Susan Xiao from Surrey, B.C., didn’t blink in the final round of the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Camelot Golf and Country Club carding a 3-under-par 69 to finish with a five-stroke victory.

Xiao started the day with a one stroke lead at 2 under par and was rock solid in Friday’s final round. She started with a birdie on No. 2 – then made eight consecutive pars before three straight birdies on holes 11, 12, and 13 to build a comfortable lead over the field.

“I am so honoured to win, words can’t describe how happy I am right now,” said Xiao. “This is definitely one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had.”

A 30 minute weather delay on the 18th tee didn’t affect Xiao as she sunk a 10-foot putt for par on No. 18.

“We were walking off 17 green and they blew the horn so we had to come back. At first I was a little bit sad thinking it’s the last hole can’t we just finish but it’s better to be safe,” said a smiling Xiao from the 18th green after the closing ceremonies.

Xiao is the third straight British Columbian to win the Canadian Junior Girls Championship, following Team Canada’s Naomi Ko from Victoria in 2016 and Michelle Kim of Surrey in 2015. The 15-year-old also took home the juvenile championship for players 16-and-under.

Mary Parsons, a member of Team Canada’s Development Squad, from Delta, B.C., threatened to take the lead early in the day.

Playing in her last junior tournament she had birdie putts on No.9 and 10 that would have brought her to within a stroke of Xiao who made the turn at 3 under par. But Parsons was unable to make a charge playing the final eight holes even par.

“I could have sunk some more putts out on the course, I was inside five feet and 10 feet,” said Parsons. “But I’m really happy for Susan and everyone who played really well this week at Camelot.”

Parsons’ junior career has come to a close but the 18-year-old is looking ahead to the next chapter as she joins the Indiana University Hoosiers in the fall.

“I have one more tournament before college. I’m going to the U.S. Amateur in San Diego so I’m excited for that,” added Parsons. “Moving forward in my career it’s good to know I have the shots in my bag to succeed and I’m excited for college.”

London, Ont., native Ellie Szeryk was 2 under par through six holes and it looked like she would challenge Xiao for the title, but a bogey on No. 7 and a triple-bogey on No. 8 proved too much to recover from.

“After six holes, I thought all Susan does is hit it in the middle and on the green so I started to press,” said Szeryk. “My mental game is something I have to work on.”

Emily Zhu from Richmond Hill, Ont., finished tied for fourth at 2 over par, alongside Development Squad’s Monet Chun, also from Richmond Hill. Just 13-years-old, Zhu was in second with two holes to play before a bogey-bogey finish set her back.

With her victory Xiao earns an exemption into the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship at Marine Drive Golf Club in Vancouver.

Click here to view the full leaderboard for the 2017 Canadian Junior Girls Championship.


Pos Player Today Thru Total R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 Canada Susan Xiao  Surrey, BC -3 F -5 70 73 71 69 283
T2 Canada Mary Parsons  Delta, BC -1 F E 72 71 74 71 288
T2 Canada Ellie Szeryk  London, ON +1 F E 71 71 73 73 288
T4 Canada Monet Chun  Richmond Hill, ON +1 F +2 76 70 71 73 290
T4 Canada Emily Zhu  Richmond Hill, ON +2 F +2 72 75 69 74 290
6 Canada Alisha Lau  Richmond, BC E F +4 72 74 74 72 292
T7 Canada Tiana Cruz  Richmond Hill, ON -1 F +6 77 77 69 71 294
T7 Canada Hannah Lee  Surrey, BC +2 F +6 73 73 74 74 294
T7 New Zealand Momoka Kobori  New Zealand +3 F +6 74 71 74 75 294
10 Canada Céleste Dao  Notre-Dame-de-L’Île-Perrot, QC +3 F +7 74 74 72 75 295
T11 Hong Kong Vivian Lee  Hong Kong -1 F +8 73 79 73 71 296
T11 Canada Melany Chong  Mississauga, ON E F +8 77 76 71 72 296
T13 Canada Victoria Liu  Vancouver, BC E F +10 77 72 77 72 298
T13 Canada Brigitte Thibault  Rosemère, QC E F +10 80 78 68 72 298
T15 Brazil Esther Subin Lee  Maple Ridge, BC +2 F +12 74 75 77 74 300
T15 Canada Karen Zhang  Richmond, BC +4 F +12 73 78 73 76 300
T15 Canada Akari Hayashi  Victoria, BC +6 F +12 75 76 71 78 300
18 Canada Jasmine Ly  Windsor, ON +9 F +13 72 74 74 81 301
T19 Canada Victoria Zheng  Markham, ON E F +14 77 77 76 72 302
T19 Canada Alyssa DiMarcantonio  Maple, ON +4 F +14 75 77 74 76 302
T21 Canada Kate (Dahye) Choi  Surrey, BC +4 F +15 74 75 78 76 303
T21 Canada Cassidy Laidlaw  Calgary, AB +7 F +15 74 76 74 79 303
23 Canada Mathilde Denicourt  St-Cesaire, QC +7 F +16 71 80 74 79 304
24 Canada Chaewon Baek  Langley, BC +5 F +17 74 80 74 77 305
25 Canada Emma (Hyeji) Yang  Langley, BC +3 F +18 75 80 76 75 306
26 Canada Audrey Paradis  Blainville, QC +3 F +21 80 75 79 75 309
T27 Canada Mu Chen (Angel) Lin  Surrey, BC +5 F +23 78 76 80 77 311
T27 Canada Phoebe Yue  West Vancouver, BC +8 F +23 75 76 80 80 311
T27 Canada Euna Han  Coquitlam, BC +8 F +23 73 80 78 80 311
T27 Canada Katy Rutherford  Calgary, AB +8 F +23 79 73 79 80 311
T31 Canada Raesa Sheikh  Markham, ON +7 F +24 79 81 73 79 312
T31 Canada Élizabeth Labbé  Lévis, QC +5 F * +24 82 81 72 77 312
T33 Canada Catherine Zhang  Toronto, ON +8 F +25 78 75 80 80 313
T33 Canada Haley Yerxa  Ottawa, ON +7 F +25 80 77 77 79 313
T35 Canada Sarah-Eve Rheaume  Québec, QC +11 F +27 77 75 80 83 315
T35 Canada Shania Remandaban  Coquitlam, BC +10 F +27 81 77 75 82 315
37 Canada Camryn Roadley  Winnipeg, MB +9 F * +28 77 78 80 81 316
T38 Canada Kehler Koss  Calgary, AB +10 F +29 80 76 79 82 317
T38 Canada Hailey McLaughlin  Markham, ON +10 F * +29 77 75 83 82 317
T38 Canada Taylor Stone  Calgary, AB +4 F * +29 79 83 79 76 317
T41 Canada Kelly Hellman  Nelson, BC +9 F * +30 80 81 76 81 318
T41 Canada Jennifer Gu  West Vancouver, BC +9 F * +30 80 81 76 81 318
T41 Canada Kristen Giles  Georgetown, ON +3 F * +30 82 82 79 75 318
44 Canada Chloe Currie  Mississauga, ON +3 F * +31 83 83 78 75 319
45 Canada Emily Romancew  Pierrefonds, QC +10 F * +33 83 79 77 82 321
T46 Canada Delana Basanisi  Mississauga, ON +9 F * +35 81 82 79 81 323
T46 Canada Alicia Easthope  St. Albert, AB +7 F * +35 82 81 81 79 323
T46 Canada Claire Lovan  Surrey, BC +4 F * +35 82 81 84 76 323
T49 Canada Ashley Chow  North York, ON +12 F * +36 80 80 80 84 324
T49 Canada Zhiying Zhou  Niagara Falls, ON +7 F * +36 76 88 81 79 324
T51 Canada Tillie Claggett  Calgary, AB +11 F * +38 85 77 81 83 326
T51 Canada Sukriti Harjai  Niagara Falls, ON +10 F * +38 84 76 84 82 326
T51 Canada Laura Jones  Moncton, NB +10 F * +38 89 77 78 82 326
T51 Canada Rebecca (Lu Yang) Jiang  Langley, BC +7 F * +38 79 81 87 79 326
T55 Canada Angela Zhang  Vancouver, BC +16 F * +39 72 84 83 88 327
T55 Canada Dylann Armstrong  North Gower, ON +9 F * +39 82 84 80 81 327
T55 Canada Vanessa Chychrun  Aurora, ON +5 F * +39 83 79 88 77 327
T58 China JiaYin Liu  Kitchener, ON +12 F * +40 79 80 85 84 328
T58 Canada Lory Paradis  Blainville, QC +10 F * +40 79 83 84 82 328
T58 Canada Stephanie Chelack  Calgary, AB +9 F * +40 87 77 83 81 328
T61 Canada Sarah Beqaj  Toronto, ON +22 F * +41 74 81 80 94 329
T61 Canada Sharmaine Rapisura  Calgary, AB +13 F * +41 82 82 80 85 329
T63 Canada Emily Ward  Niagara Falls, ON +17 F * +42 79 79 83 89 330
T63 Canada Emily Xu  Burnaby, BC +16 F * +42 83 81 78 88 330
T63 Canada Kiley Rodrigues  Kingston, ON +11 F * +42 83 80 84 83 330
T63 Canada Brooke MacKinnon  Chatham, ON +10 F * +42 83 81 84 82 330
T67 Canada Shirin Anjarwalla  Nanaimo, BC +11 F * +44 83 83 83 83 332
T67 Canada Amy Ehlert  Maple Ridge, BC +10 F * +44 82 81 87 82 332
69 Canada Elizabeth Blier  St. Bruno, QC +15 F * +45 79 84 83 87 333
70 Canada Cynthia Zhao  Toronto, ON +17 F * +46 77 89 79 89 334
71 Canada Sandee Park  West Vancouver, BC +19 F * +48 84 77 84 91 336

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