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North Vancouver racer claims silver at Pan Am juniors

North Vancouver's Lindsey Butterworth claimed a silver medal in the 1,500-metre race at the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships last weekend in Miramar, Fla., ending her junior career with her second major podium placing in one month.

North Vancouver's Lindsey Butterworth claimed a silver medal in the 1,500-metre race at the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships last weekend in Miramar, Fla., ending her junior career with her second major podium placing in one month.

Earlier this month Butterworth claimed gold in the 1,500-m race at the Canadian junior track and field championships held in Winnipeg.

The 18-year-old Handsworth grad, who will move up to the senior level next season, finished the Pan Am final in a time of 4: 36.91, second only to Cory McGee of the United States who clocked a time of 4: 35.46. McGee's U.S. teammate Brook Handler finished third in 4: 37.17.

Butterworth is entering her second year at Simon Fraser University where she is part of the school's high-powered cross-country running and track and field teams.

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NORTH Vancouver amateur Eugene Wong missed the cut at last week's RBC Canadian Open, shooting rounds of 74 and 76 on a narrow and nasty Shaughnessy Golf and

Country Club last weekend.

Wong's two-round total of 10-over-par 150 left him six shots off the cut, set at 144 strokes. This was Wong's third crack at a PGA Tour event. The Handsworth grad and soon-tobe senior at the University of Oregon previously teed it up at the Memorial Tournament earlier this year as well as at last year's Canadian Open, missing the cut in both those events.

Sean O'Hair won this year's Canadian Open in a playoff against Kris Blanks after both finished at four-under-par. Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford thrilled the crowd with strong play all week, finishing as the low Canadian while shooting two-under-par to tie for fourth.

Wong was the 2010 Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the top golfer in the NCAA's Div. 1. His resume also includes a B.C. Amateur title, two runner up finishes at the Canadian Amateur and a world junior golf championship title.

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