Grace St. Germain claims Canadian junior golf championship

Following in the proud legacy of Brooke Henderson, another native of the Ottawa Valley has emerged as a Canadian champion. Henderson, who grabbed the Canadian junior girls golf championship in 2013 is making a name for herself as one of the rising stars in women’s golf.

Only 15 years of age, she carded four straight rounds of under-par golf to claim the title. Contested at the Thornhill Golf and Country Club, north of Toronto, St. Germain shot 71 in her final round.

She would finish seven shots better than runner-up Valerie Tanguay, a member of Team Canada’s Development Squad. Selena Costabile, a member of the Thornhill Club ranked third.

While it is the first national title in St. Germain’s promising career, she has gained two titles at the provincial levels. Of note, she grabbed victories at Quebec’s women’s amateur championship plus the Ontario junior girls match-play event.

Of note, St. Germain would manage a six-under 282, shooting rounds of 70 on two occasions and 71 twice. This would also provide her with a second title, claiming the juvenile division crown. Taking into account that she carded 18 birdies, it was a key factor in such a memorable event.

The victory also provides St. Germain with an exemption for the 2015 edition of the Canadian women’s amateur championship. In addition, she will also gain exemption for the three Canadian Women’s Tour stops. While the three stops will likely see St. Germain struggle to make the cut, the experience shall be invaluable as she continues to reach new milestones in her young career.

With aspirations for a professional golfing career, St. Germain’s victory is a step in the right direction. Past winners have included a handful of girls that would enjoy pro careers. Canadian LPGA tour members Rebecca Lee-Bentham and Jennifer Kirby are among such winners. Gail Harvey and Sandra Post, who have competed in the United States have also boasted wins.

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