Canada’s number one junior golf tour, the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour, held a mini tour for players 12 and under at Sawmill Golf Course in Fenwick, Ontario on July 3. A full field competed in six age categories. Each division winner, if not already bye, received an invite to the MJT Mini Tour National Championship in Tsawwassen Springs, BC in August.
12-year-old Oakville resident Kaprice Park continued her strong performance with a score of 73, winning her second and final MJT Girls Division title 11-12. Her twin sister, Nobelle, came second with a score of 75.
“I’m happy to win. I hit a few birdies and good shots all over the place. If things get stressful, I forget the bad holes and focus on the next hole,” Kaprice said.
Kaprice and Nobelle are entering 7th grade at St. Nicholas Catholic Elementary School in South-West Oakville. They’ve been trading first and second for a while in the Under-12 division, but that’s about to change.
“Nobelle is moving to U19 and Kaprice to U15,” says proud dad Jung Park, dentist at Great Lakes Dental Care.
Jung says having them face off meant only one could be in first place at each tournament, so putting them in different divisions means both can win.
Sure, the competition will be tougher, but Nobelle was featured in CJGA women in golf and was player of the month.
Nobelle and Kaprice were the youngest players to compete at the Golf Ontario U19 Spring Classic Championships.
After the first day, Nobelle was in 1st place. They both performed better than many girls who already have Division 1 scholarships in the United States.
Both are proud to be sponsored by Titleist (balls, caps, gloves and equipment) and have been playing golf since they were seven years old.
Six-year-old Sister Lanai has already started and is following the same path.
The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour is organized by the PGA of Canada and the Road to College Golf.
It hosts nearly 100 events across the country. Many Canadian National Amateur, National and Provincial Champions are alumni.
The twins’ father, Jung Park, played football at the University of Toronto and says he supports his daughters’ golf obsession from an outside perspective.
“The girls are dropped off at the course after school every day and play as much as they can. They also practice every day, and in the winter they practice indoors and hit balls to perfect their techniques.”
Liz Hoffman, who was director of athletics at the University of Toronto when Jung Park was there, is now president of Golf Canada, which is adjacent to the Glen Abbey Golf Club. Jung is keen to stay in touch.
True Oakvillians, Kaprice and Nobelle were born at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in March 2010.
Currently, they play at RattleSnake Point Golf Club.
The future aspirations of the twins are:
- Being part of Team Canada,
- Obtaining Division 1 scholarships,
- Become a pediatrician to work at Sick Kids Hospital,
- Playing on the LPGA Tour: “If there’s enough time left!” said dad.
Oakville News is proud of you, Nobelle and Kaprice, and we look forward to following your future exploits.