TOYOTA CITY, Japan – The Team Canada boys are sixth of 15 teams following the opening round of the TOYOTA Junior Golf World Cup. Christopher Vandette of Beaconsfield, Que., is the top-ranking Canadian in a tie for 8th at 2 under par.
The Canadian quartet features Vandette, Laurent Desmarchais, Jeevan Sihota and William Duquette. The players are competing individually, with each nation’s three lowest scores counting towards the team competition.
Vandette made birdie on all three par 5s in the opening round, en route to carding a 2-under-par 69. The 17-year-old sits three strokes back of leaders Abel Gallegos Caputo of Argentina, Gustav Andersson of Sweden and Albert Boneta of Spain.
Desmarchais shot even-par 71 in his first round. The Longueuil, Que., product made a seven on the par-5 ninth, but recovered by carding a bogey-free back nine to finish T16.
Sihota sits T24 after the first 18 holes. His 1-over par 72 is six shots behind the leaders.
Duquette shot 6-over par and is T55.
Canada ranks sixth in the team competition at 1 under par. Spain are the current leaders at 9 under.
In the girls division, Mexico holds a 3-stroke lead over Sweden and the United States. Spain’s Carla Tejedo is leading the individual competition at 3 under par.
Full scoring can be found here.