10-year-old Canadian-Croat Peter Blazevic has made it back-to-back title wins at the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s (CJGA) World Junior Challenge after winning the Boys 9-10 Division at Innisbrook, Palm Harbor in Florida this week…
Under sunny skies on day one of the tournament, Peter fared well but the 3 months of fall/winter and little playing time on real grass certainly played a role in his standings at the end of the day. Blazevic, from Burlington Ontario, shot a 73 (+2), but it was a Floridian native, Ty Kaufman, who quickly took the lead on day one with a 72 (+1).
Peter remembered the words from his coach Doug Lawrie and his indoor training at FGG these past couple of months and that helped him on day two take a different approach to his game. The course played difficult with wind and green speeds picking up, so Peter had to play strategy in order to win. He shot 5 birdies in his round and on the holes that challenged him on day one, and decided to play more conservatively, taking out a hybrid instead of a driver and ensuring he landed green in reg to give himself a chance to play for birdie.
This strategy provided Peter with 5 birdies through 10 holes and this helped him take the lead. He shot a 70 (-1) and the only player in his division to shoot under par for one round. He was able to win with a two-day total of 143 (73,70) , winning over two Floridian natives, Alex Ogle of Palm Harbor (77,72) and Ty Kaufman of Naples 72,77) who both shot a two-day total of 149 and tied for second.
The field also included other notable Canadians and the next best showing was from Justin Bjornson of Winnipeg, Alberta ( 77,73) 150. The win was Peter’s second World Junior challenge championship title presented by CJGA and Golfweek and was his last tournament for the 2014 season. Blazevic, a name to watch in the future, also won the CJGA Jr Linksters National Nationals championship with a 65,63 total 128 (-16 ) in August, and came 11th at the U.S. Kids World Championship in Pinehurst North Carolina in a field of 150 players ( boys 10) and having a three-day total of ( 73,73,70) totalling 216 ( E ).