The Kootenay Golf Trail, an association of seven golf courses in the West Kootenay and Boundary region, named Castlegar’s Ely Overennay as the BC Golf Association Zone One West 2013 Junior Golfer of the Year.
Overennay earned the award due to his great play, based on tournament score progression, his attitude on the course and commitment to development as a golfer.
The 13-year-old has been involved in golf from a very early age. His father Collin, says that at age five, Overennay was already hitting balls in the back yard and by eight was fully engaged in formal play.
As a Zone 1 West Junior golfer, Overennay enjoys all of the courses in the region, however, did not hesitate in saying that his home course, Castlegar, topped the list. In fact, his lucky charm when involved in tournament play is a Castlegar Golf Course ball marker.
Eventually, Overennay hopes to secure a university or college golf scholarship.
The local golf courses that make up the Kootenay Golf Trail are committed to the development of young golfers and hope that this award will act as a form of motivation for those who are currently engaged or are considering the sport.