A strong contingent of West Kootenay Zone 1 golfers tee off today at the B.C. Junior Boys’ golf championship at the Sunshine Coast Golf Club in Roberts Creek.
The West Kootenay zone champion Brenan Moroney from Rossland-Trail Country Club leads a more than competent contingent of Kootenay competitors including Tyler and Braden McKay (RTCC) of Rossland, Montrose’s Alex Rugg (Champion Lakes), Garrett Underwood (Champion) from Fruitvale, and Christina Lake’s Jordan Hoodikoff.
The golfers will join a field of 156 of the best B.C. golfers over four days of stroke play competition with only one player cementing their name in British Columbia golfing history.
The scenic Sunshine Coast Golf Club is a par 72, 6,337 yard track with spectacular view of the mountains and Georgia Straight.
Moroney and Rossland’s Kevin Bennett were the only two golfers from Zone 1 to make the cut in last year’s junior championship at Rossland-Trail Country Club at Birchbank. Moroney finished tops among Zone 1 golfers but looks to improve on his 67th place finish.
The 2011 junior champion Adam Swenson of Surrey won by seven strokes over Kevin Kwon, shooting a devastating 14 under par for his second title in a row, but is unable to vie for the threepeat due to previous commitments, leaving the door open for a new junior champion.
The championship is a 72-hole tournament with the top 70 and ties after 36 holes making the cut and a chance to play for the title.
Meanwhile Mackenzie Field of Christina Lake and Amber Arnold of Castlegar are also competing at the B.C. Girls championship in Osoyoos this week. Field recently accepted a golf scholarship to Simon Fraser University.