Jean-Philippe Parr takes second Canadian junior title
To date, there have only been seven players with consecutive Canadian junior championship titles. Well, Jean-Philippe Parr from St-Célestin, Qué. adds its name to the list eighth.
During the week the weather reached over 40 degrees at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links in Kamloops, BC. Hot, but not as hot as JP’s putter. The 18-year-old University of Tennessee Commitment fired a final round of 3-under-par 69 to earn his win today, finishing three shots ahead of the competition.
“It’s always been a tournament I’ve wanted to win, so it’s really cool to be able to go back-to-back,” Parr said of the back-to-back titles. “It was a lot of fun playing with all the guys from Team Canada. It’s also great to have fun.”
Back-to-back titles and a Silver Cup berth with his name on them aren’t the only ways Parr has carved his name into Canadian golf history this week. On Monday, JP shot a second round of 62 that tied the Canadian Junior Boys Championship single-scoring low record set by Calvin Ross in 2017 and equaled by Christopher Vandette in 2019.
“Obviously my second round was really cool but then I hit a really good shot today at eleven and it really gave me a good confidence boost to finish the round,” said the Team Canada National Junior Squad member of his memorable tournament moments .
Parr’s name is in good company at the Canadian Juniors Trophy. He adds his title to a list of notable past champions, including PGA TOUR player Nick Taylor (2006) and Canadian Golf Hall of Fame member George Knudson (1955).
The win adds another accolade to Parr’s resume, including victories at the Canadian Junior Boys Championship in 2021, the Quebec Junior and Juvenile Boys Championship in 2020, and both the AJGA Junior at Southpointe and the Future Links Fall Series East im year 2019
With the win, Parr earns exceptions to both the 2023 US Junior Amateur Championship at Daniel Island Club in Charleston, SC and a spot in the 2023 Canadian Men‘s Amateur Championship a fourth-place finish at the 2022 Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship held last week at Point Gray Golf and Country Club and Seymour Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, BC
In the final pairing, Parr was followed by Andre Zhu (Richmond Hill, Ontario), Ethan Wilson (St. Albert, Alta.), and Gavyn Knight (Parksville, BC), who tied for second place with 16-under.
Andre Zhu also secured the title in the 16-and-under Juvenile Boys Division with a 272 score for the tournament. Matthew Javier, who landed an impressive chipshot at 18 for Eagle, ended the tournament two shots behind Zhu’s lead.
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ABOUT THE Canadian Juniors
Open to all juniors who have not yet reached the age of 19 before the tournament. Canadian players must be a member of a Golf Canada club in good faith. Foreign players must be full members of a club with their respective association. This competition is played over 72 holes, with a cut at 36 holes.
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