Chilliwack’s Thiessen takes Junior Divot tourney title

Mitchell Thiessen claimed top spot at the Optimist Club of Chilliwack's Fred Wellsby Junior Divot Golf Tour.

Chilliwack’s Mitchell Thiessen shot a two-over-par 74 to take top spot in the championship round of the Optimist Club of Chilliwack Fred Wellsby Junior Divot Golf Tour.

Following five qualifier rounds, the championship was played Thursday at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club.

Seventeen players formed the field. Thiessen competed in the 13-15 year old division, carding birdies on the first, third and 12th holes.

His score was four strokes better than Mission’s Devin Cutforth (78).

Chilliwack’s Josh Bamford was third with a 10-over-par 82, followed by Mission natives Christopher Dale (83) and Kyle Claggett (83).

Mission’s Brian Dale and Abbotsford’s Tyson Dyck tied for top spot in the 10-12 year old group, each shooting 14-over-par 86’s.

Sher Sidhu (Abbotsford) was third with a 94, and Junwoo Nam (Abbotsford) was fourth with a 120.

Chilliwackians dominated the nine-and-under division through the qualifiers, but out-of-towners swept the top three in the championship.

West Vancouver’s Laura Wong was first at 86, followed by another West Vancouverite, Jennifer Gu (91) in second, and Langley’s Chaewon Back (92) in third.

The start date for next year’s tournament has already been set, with the opening round teeing off June 29 at the Cheam Mountain Golf Centre.

For more information, call Glenda Standeven at 604-792-6638.

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