SCUGOG: 12 year-old S.A. Cawker Public School student Justin Matthews dominated the field at Puslinch Lake Golf Course, on Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26, winning the Golf Ontario Peewee Championship.
“That was probably the biggest tournament that I have won, and that was on the bucket list for our tournaments to win this year, and I was pretty amazed that I won it,” Matthews told The Standard. Matthews finished the opening round of the tournament with a score of one-under 69, and held a one shot advantage coming in to the second day.
He said this was his first time playing with the lead on the second day of a tournament. “I have always been a couple shots behind coming in to day two of a tournament, chasing the lead, so it was definitely a great experience for me on the first day,” Matthews said. On day two of the championship, he notched a score of 70, and finished the two day tournament with a total of 139.
Matthews said there was some pressure on him because this was the biggest tournament in the province for his age group.
Because of this, he said he had to “beat some heavy favourites.” His love of golf began when he was young and his father, Kelly Matthews, would take him to the driving range.
“When I was little, my dad used to take me to the range, and we would go up a couple times a month, and we would just hit balls. Last year I started to take interest in the sport, and I really started to practice every day to get better,” he said. Matthews has one more tournament to go this season, a Canadian Junior Golf Association Championship, and he is hoping for even more success.