After dominating the competition at provincials this past July, Bobbi Uhl took on the best young golfers in Canada at the 2018 Canadian Junior Girls Championship. While she did not make the cut at the four-round championship – which took place at the Beach Grove Golf Club in Tsawwassen, B.C., July 31 to Aug. 3 – the pride of Erickson gave it her all through her 36 holes of play.
“I was happy with how I played my last nine holes on the Wednesday (the last day of the event),” said Uhl. “The other day I was struggling with missing my shots, and I finally learned and was making putts and chipping better as well.
“My game kind of came back to me a little too late.”Uhl, who won the Manitoba Provincial Championship by 16 strokes, finished tied with three other golfers just under the cut line, carding a two-round total of 166. Her opening round of 87 did her in, but she bounced back with an impressive round of 79 on the second day, putting her in solid contention to make the cut.
Disaster struck on the opening hole as she ended up with a four-over-par nine on the opening par-five hole. She added two more double bogeys, as well as seven bogeys, to finish with an 87.
“I hit a good drive and a good lay-up shot, but I might have shanked one OB (out of bounds),” she said. “I then proceeded to shank my next one, and then just struggled.
“I normally do pretty good at (recovering from a bad hole),” she added. “I did put that hole out of my mind, because if I had thought about it, I probably would have shanked it again.”
Her second round was much improved – only one double bogey, six bogeys, and more importantly, a birdie on the par-four, third hole. That was two strokes better than when she played the same hole the day before.
“I hit a good drive with a five wood off the tee, and then I had a wedge in from 106 yards,” said Uhl on her birdie hole. “I landed just short, and had a 15-footer with a little break. I hit it, and it went in the hole.”
Also, her score of 79 in the second round was well below the average score of 82.88. The winning score was even par over four rounds, with plenty of solid young Canadian golfers in the hunt as well. For Uhl, the event was a great measuring stick for her as she sets out on her NCAA golf journey later this month, when she begins study at Longwood University in Virginia.
“I hope to get my game to that level eventually, but if not, I want to get my game as good as I can get it, and that over time, it will get there,” she said. “I know it will take some time for changes to further my game… I’m hoping it gets there, but if it doesn’t, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings either.”
Notre Dame de I’lle Perrot, Que.’s Celeste Dao shot a two-over, 74 to win the 2018 Canadian Junior Girl’s Championship over second-place Emily Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont. To see all of the scores from the national championships, visit golfcanada.ca.