Golf: McKay commits

Rossland’s Tyler McKay from the Rossland-Trail Country Club has committed to attend and play golf for Lindenwood University.

Rossland’s Tyler McKay from the Rossland-Trail Country Club has committed to attend and play golf for Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

“It’s really cool, I’m really excited,” said McKay. “I went there (last weekend), toured around, looked at the school. But it’s a lot bigger from what I’m used to, being from Rossland.”

McKay had offers from several schools, but Lindenwood, known for its integrative liberal arts program and rich tradition, was the Rossland Secondary School student’s first choice.

“I liked it the best because they had a good golf program and also a very good academic program,” said McKay.

The 17-year-old golfer played well this past summer finishing 12th at the Veritas World Junior in Los Angeles, 10th in the US Junior qualifier in Spokane, 71st at the Canadian Junior Championship, and then he finished his competitive season at the Pacific Northwest Golf Association in Seattle making it to the semifinal of the second flight.

Tyler also placed first in his age group in the Zone 1 West Kootenay Tour this summer, and joins past Zone 1 Juniors currently playing golf at the NCAA or NAIA college levels.

Last years Zone 1 overall runner up, Jordan Hoodikoff, from Christina Lake is currently playing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, Tanner Kopan also from Christina Lake is playing for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nelson’s Jordan Melanson from Granite Point is playing at SFU in Burnaby and Josh Colletti also from Granite Point is at Missouri Valley College.

McKay still has two years eligibility to play junior golf and will graduate in 2013 from Rossland Secondary School.