Calvin Ross shot a one-over 71 to claim the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys title at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club on Thursday becoming the first New Brunswick player to win the event.
With the win in Kingston, Ont., Ross becomes the second New Brunswick male golfer to win a national amateur championship, joining Darren Ritchie who won the Canadian Men’s Amateur in 1992.
Ross shot to the top of the leaderboard after setting an amateur course-record 62 on Wednesday which allowed the 18-year-old from Fredericton, to cruise to a seven-stroke victory and finish at nine under for the tournament.
As Ross came down the final stretch in front of the large group of spectators who had been following his group for the round, he was greeted by even more people waiting at the 18th green for the champion to sink his final putt.
From over 20 feet out, Ross missed his birdie putt by a few inches and tapped in for par to claim his title in front of friends, fans and family.
“A lot of nerves, a lot of people out there watching. A lot of my friends, a lot of people cheering me on and with what was on the line I was quite nervous,” said Ross.
His friends didn’t take long to express their excitement as they rushed him beside the green, dousing him in water in celebration.
“I’m soaked right not but it really pumped me up,” said Ross. “I’m happy to have friends that are cheering me on.”
Along with having his named engraved on the Silver Cup as the events 79th champion, Ross earned an exemption into next week’s Canadian Amateur at the Toronto Golf Club and Islington Golf Club.
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