Tours five stops average over 50 players per event all season
Parrsboro area native Peter MacLaren is the McDonald's Junior Golf Tour 2007 champion.
McLaren crowned McDonalds Tour champ
AMHERST - Parrsboro area native Peter MacLaren is the McDonald's Junior Golf Tour 2007 champion.
The 15-year-old shot a 77 at the Amherst Golf Club yesterday to round out the five-course tour, that also had stops at Northumberland Links in Pugwash, Ocean Links in Brule, the Parrsboro Golf Club and Springhill Centennial Golf Club.
"It feels very good. It's very exciting. I'm very pleased," MacLaren said after being presented the Jason Cormier Memorial trophy yesterday afternoon. "I was pretty consistent. I had two (scores in the) 70s."
MacLaren also had rounds of 70 in Parrsboro, 80 in Pugwash, 82 in Brule, and 89 in Springhill on his way to the championship.
The victory didn't go without a little adversity. MacLaren had to adjust his swing early in competition when he was struggling with driving the ball straight off the tee.
But he persevered and by the fourth-to-last hole yesterday he knew he had the win wrapped up.
He offered two keys to his winning performance.
"Keeping it cool, trying not to get mad at anything and not thinking about the score, just playing it shot by shot," MacLaren said.
Tour organizer Janet MacLaren said the tour had a great turnout, averaging around 50 kids at each event.
She said support from McDonald's and volunteers has allowed the tour to grow over the years. It's starting to produce some stiff competition.
"It was a lot tighter this year. Some of the younger golfers are good, solid golfers and they're now rivaling the older golfers," she said. "People are taking an interest in younger kids so they're getting the skills at a younger age.
"Until today, we didn't know who was going to win overall," she added, noting Jeremy Dean, Jamie MacKay, Travis Parrell, Cale Burke, and Peter were all in the running for the title.