Big wins for McKay and Moroney

Junior golfers teed off on a double header over the weekend, competing in matches where one went down to the wire and the other was a blow out.

It stopped raining long enough for 30 juniors on the West Kootenay tour to get a round in at the Nakusp links Saturday.

The exciting tournament went back and forth right up until the final hole. When the dust settled, Tyler McKay from the Rossland Trail Country Club (RTCC) edged fellow member Brenan Moroney and recent NAIA College signed player Tanner Kopan of Christina Lake.

McKay shot one-over 69 on the par 68 course and Tanner and Brenan both fired rounds of 71.

The fourth tour stop on Sunday was held at Granite Pointe Golf Course in Nelson. But on this day, Moroney zoned in and shot a devastating six-under par 66.

It all started when he holed a 4-iron from about 215 yards out on the second hole.

“He played fantastic all day and is well deserving of his second win of the season,” said zone president Rob McKay.

Kevin Bennett from Redstone continued his winning way taking the 17/18-year-old division scoring a 76 after finishing second in Nakusp with a 74. Alex Rugg tied for third on Saturday notching an 82 but was on fire on Sunday shooting his best round of the year, 76, to win the 15/16 group.

Braden McKay of RTCC and Carson Arcuri of Granite Pointe played two extra holes to decide the 13/14 winner Sunday with McKay finally prevailing. McKay also took top honours in Nakusp shooting an 83 Saturday.

James Booth from Champion Lakes finished second in Nelson carding an 81.

Garrett Underwood also from Champion finished one shot behind Booth to take third.

Adam Doskoch of RTCC finished second in the 12-and-under nine-hole division behind Christina’s Kaeden Lane, who won both events on the weekend.

The juniors are tuning up for the May 21 and 22 when B.C. junior qualifying tournament  goes at Redstone and RTCC.