By Claire Welsh
(SEAFORTH, ON) – Port Credit resident Chloe Currie has the lead heading into the final round of the Ontario Bantam Girls’ Championship hosted by Seaforth Golf Club.
The Mississauga Golf and Country Club member earned a single stroke advantage over the field of the province’s best junior female golfers age 15 and younger after firing a 79 (+8) on Tuesday. The 13-year-old carded a single birdie against seven bogeys and a double bogey on the Western Ontario course, which is playing at 5117 yards for competitors in the 36-hole competition.
Sharing second place is Thornhill resident Ellice Hong, 14, and London’s Isabella Portokalis, 12, who both delivered matching nine-over par 80’s to sit tied a stroke behind Currie. Hong, a member at Glendale Golf and Country Club, birdied the par-3 12th hole and carded six bogeys and two doubles to close out her round. London Hunt and Country Club member Portokalis also laid down a single birdie alongside eight bogeys and a double to earn her share of second place with 18 holes left to play.
Brampton Golf Club’s Amanda Kerr, 13, is currently in fourth place at 81 (+10), followed by Shelburne resident and Whistle Bear Golf Club junior Alyssa Stoddart who sits in fifth place at 82 (+11). Toronto resident Dylaney Day rounded out the top six with a first round score of 83 (+12).
Final round action for the girls’ championship gets under way at 10:10 am with the lead grouping of Currie, Hong and Portokalis set to tee off at 11:50 am and the 2013 champion to be crowned immediately following the conclusion of play.
The Ontario Bantam Girls’ Championship is contested annually and features the best female golfers in the province age 15 and younger competing for the Cathy Sherk trophy. Past champions of the event include Jennifer Kirby, Augusta James and Christina Foster, and 2013 marks the first time that Seaforth Golf Club has hosted the event.