Canada finishes strong in Summer Youth Olympics mixed play

August 26, 2014

by: Tyler Costigan/ Golf Canada

NANJING, China – Canada’s duo of Maddie Szeryk and Tony Gil have placed 16th in the mixed team event at the Summer Youth Olympics at the Zhongshan International Golf Club.

Gil, a 16-year-old Vaughan, Ont. native, had five birdies and five bogeys for an eventful final round in Nanjing. The Team Canada Development Squad member finished with an even par 72.

Szeryk, a dual-citizen of Canada and the U.S., came out firing with two early birdies on the opening holes but struggled after that, posting three consecutive bogeys. The soon-to-be Texas A&M freshman finished with a 2-over 74.

Together, the Canadian duo finished at 1-over par after three rounds of mixed team play. They opened with a 3-under 69 in better ball format, followed by a 2-over 74 in foursomes (alternate shot) and then a 2-over 146 (72-74) in combined score.

Team Coach, Robert Ratcliffe, is pleased overall with their results and the event.

“It was a very strong event, with a very strong field,” said Ratcliffe, also Team Canada’s Lead Development Squad coach. “We will be going back to the drawing board after this to see where we can improve.”

Team Sweden ended up winning the gold, posting an impressive 16-under (65-67-140) for the tournament. The Swedes were represented by Marcus Kinhult, the no.6 ranked male amateur in the world and Linnea Strom, the no. 8 ranked female amateur – a tough squad to catch. Korea ended up winning the silver, and Italy took home the bronze.

The individual male and female competitions that took place earlier in the Youth Olympics saw Szeryk place T15 and Gil T22.

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