Still young, Anthony Jomphe completed a thunderous round of 71 on Tuesday, a shot under par, to pass the cup at the Provincial Golf Championship, played at the Club de l’Outaouais.
The 14-year-old handed an initial card of 80 on Monday and resumed with one of the best scores of the second day. With seven strokes above normal, he is tied for 28th in the competition, but 10th in the juvenile division, which is bantam. For coach Jonathan Moreau, the youngest are largely at a disadvantage because of their lack of power over the course of about 6700 yards, which is about the distance on the black markers in Chicoutimi.
His teammate from the Chicoutimi Golf Club, William Littlejohn, will also play the last two rounds. He is currently the top-ranked regional player in 24th place, with a total of 149 shots, five more than normal.
The competition is led by Cedrik Sara of Club Le Mirage with four shots better than normal. Only seven players score equal or lower than normal.
The other five players in the region have not managed to reach the cup for the top 70 players after 36 holes. Also aged 14, Matthew Dufour came closest with a cumulative of +16, two shots of the necessary score. He had a lot of trouble on hole number 6, where he made a triple and a double boguey. Thomas Morissette (Chicoutimi), Vincent Lemieux (Dolbeau), Guillaume Plamondon (Chicoutimi) and William Bouchard (Lac-Saint-Jean) were also eliminated on Tuesday. Coach Jonathan Moreau took care to emphasize their excellent attitude even if the results were not up to expectations.