SECOND STRIKE

Nagayo kids sparkle in Toronto Jungolf Tour’s second leg

The Nagayo Train is running over the Canadian junior golf landscape.

For the second straight leg, the Davao City golfing kids who have moved to Toronto as their new home sparkled in their respective divisions in their rookie appearance at the Toronto Junior Golf Tour.

Ella Nagayo and Daniel Nagayo are on top of their divisions after two legs of the Toronto Junior Golf Tour.

15-year old Ella Nagayo, nicknamed by Edge Davao as “Swingderella”, was on fire at the Tam O’Shanter Golf Club on Monday matching par with a 72 to rule the Juvenile Girls (14-16) division. Ella was far superior this time against first leg winner Vidya Ramnarine who could only do a 13-over par 85.

The win gave the former Melbourne Junior Girls champion 1,000 Tour points for a 1,800 total in two legs which tied her with Ramnarine, winner in the Tour opener Dentonia leg last July 3.

Ella’s 13-year old brother Daniel finished first runner-up this time to Jack Groves in the Bantam Boys (11-13) division after scoring an 84. Groves, whom Daniel beat in the initial leg at Dentonia, got back at the Dabawenyo jungolfer with an 8-over par 80. Another Filipino, Sebastian Reyes, placed third with a score of 86.

In the overall standings, however, Daniel retained no, 1 with 1,800 although he now shares it with Groves who took the 1,000 winner’s points. Daniel received 800 for the runner-up finish.

The next leg is at Scarlet Woods on Monday, July 15.

The Nagayo kids’ mother lawyer Rachel Nagayo, former Davao City councilor and now Labor Attache to Canada, broke the news to Edge Davao on Tuesday that Ella and Daniel were asked to represent Don Valley Golf in the Juniors division in the City Championships by the Don Valley captain.

“He said di na nila kailangan mag qualifying kasi he will enter them as Captain’s choice daw,” Rachel told this writer. “Sa September yung City Championships.”

The Nagayo kids has made the move to Canada from Melbourne in Australia after three years of golf scholarship.

The TJGT consists of eight tournaments played at Dentonia, Humber Valley, Scarlett Woods and Tam O’Shanter with a Fun Day at Don Valley Golf Course. Tour members earn points throughout the tournament. The overall winner will be based on points, similar to the FedEx Cup format. Winners earn 1000 points. Second-place finishers earn 800 points. Third-place finishers earn 600 points. All other participants earn 300 points.

THE TOUR STANDINGS
JUVENILE GIRLS (14-16)

Vidya Ramnarine 1800
Alessandra Nagayo 1800

JUVENILE BOYS (14-16)
Andre Zhang 1800
Luca Buhlmann 1400
Gregory Cleave 1000
Marcus Tikkanen 600
Andrew Lin 600
Johnny Lin 300

BANTAM BOYS (11-13)
Daniel Nagayo 1800
Jack Groves 1800
Tru Davidson 900
Griffin Bobee 600
Aidan Boyd 600
Ethan Cheung 600
Sasha Cooke 600
Julien De Abreau 600
Theo Guida 600
Gabriel Leung 600
Gavin Sidhu 600
Kelvin Xu 600
Jack Anderson 300
Jacob Belair 300
Joseph Black 300
Erik Do 300
Brien O’Hara 300
David Qiao 300
Sebastien Reyes 300
Evan Wee 300

SUPER JUNIOR BOYS (7-10)
Dhin Thanasuwanditee 2000
Julian Luciani 1200
Jared Belair 800
Waseem Badran 600
Louis Nguyen 600
Lucas Ragazzon 600
Danny Zhang 600
Meekie Silverstein 300