Golf Ontario Brings Inaugural Junior Event to Myrtle Beach

Isaiah Ibit & Emily McKee (Photo courtesy Golf Ontario)

Sixty of the top junior players from Ontario, Canada made the Grand Strand their golfing home this week as they competed at River Hills Golf & Country Club in the inaugural Ontario Junior Players Invitational presented by

The 36-hole tournament was an opportunity for 60 Ontario juniors (30 boys and 30 girls) ages 18 and under to take part in a competition to prepare them for the upcoming spring golf season. Invitations were sent to the top players on the 2022 Junior Golf Pathway Rankings, with others outside the rankings given the chance to participate through a performance-based application process.

Emily McKee of St. George’s Golf & Country Club and Isaiah Ibit of Camelot Golf & Country Club emerged as champions in the Girls and Boys U19 Overall divisions, respectively. Additional divisions recognized were the U15 Girls won by Nobelle Park and U17 Girls won by overall champion Emily McKee. The U15 Boys low score was attained by Dawson Lew (Wyndance Golf Club) with the U17 low score posted by Luke Smith.


“What an exciting finish to a successful inaugural tournament,” said Tournament Director Connor Doyle. “Thank you to Play Golf Myrtle Beach for helping make this tournament possible. Every player played their heart out this week and they should be proud of their results.”’s Scott Tomasello thanked the competitors for coming down to Myrtle Beach and offered his congratulations to the champions. “We’re thrilled to have showcased Myrtle Beach golf to these talented juniors,” said Tomasello. “Congratulations to Emily & Isaiah on their respective victories.”

Source: Golf Ontario

Click an icon below to browse photos from Tuesday’s action at the 2023 Ontario Junior Players Invitational at River Hills (Joe Novak photos)