URI Commit Tong Wins Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour Event by 12 Shots
University of Rhode Island commit Josiah Tong posted a final round 61 to win the PGA of Alberta Major Championship by 12 shots on Wednesday.
The tournament is part of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour in Canada.
Tong opened the tournament with a first round 69, followed up with a second round 70, before closing with his career-low round of 61.
He finished at 16-under for the tournament.
Back in January of this year, Tong won the HJGT Championship Junior Open.
Tong will be a freshman at URI next fall.
Tong comes from Heritage Pointe, Alberta Canada and West Island College High School.
He chose Rhode Island over a slew of other schools including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Mercer, Butler, Iona and Towson.
“Josiah is a young man of incredible purpose. He will be one of the best students we have ever had and is completely dedicated to excellence in all that he pursues. He transitioned from a nationally-ranked badminton player to golf seamlessly. He is tall, strong, and athletic. He generates tremendous Trackman numbers and has tremendous swing speed. He is very new to high-end competitive golf but clearly has a chance to be a four-year starter as he learns more about course management,” said URI Head Coach Gregg Burke.
On the course, Tong achieved a #1 ranking for Golf Alberta 2020 OOM (state/province) and had a #4 ranking MJT National Juvenile 2021 OOM (Canada).
He won two championships in 2020 (Golf Alberta McLennan Ross Jr Tour Mundare/Whitetail U15 and Heritage Pointe Club Championship-Black Flight) and eight in 2021 (University of Florida HJGT College Prep Bantam, MJT Carstairs Juvenile, Golf Alberta McLennan Ross Junior Tour Canmore, Golf Alberta McLennan Ross Junior Tour Goose Hummock, MJT Meadowlands Sylvan Lake, Golf Alberta U17 McLennan Ross Junior Tour, CISAA Individual).