Tyler McKay did double duty on the weekend qualifying for both the B.C. men’s amateur and the B.C. junior men’s championships.

Tyler McKay did double duty on the weekend qualifying for both the B.C. men’s amateur and the B.C. junior men’s championships.

Golf: McKay top qualifier for junior and men’s provincials

Tyler McKay completed West Kootenay golf’s equivalent of a double play on the weekend as he claimed top spot in a pair of events.

Tyler McKay completed West Kootenay golf’s equivalent of a double play on the weekend as he claimed top spot in a pair of qualifying events.

The Redstone and Birchbank courses hosted golfers from throughout the zone for qualifying events for the B.C. Amateur, B.C. Junior and B.C. Summer Games slated for later this summer.

McKay’s rounds of 71, Saturday at Redstone, and 75, Sunday at Birchbank, gave him a two-day total of 146, tops of any golfer over the two days.

That was one stroke less than Karson O’Keefe’s total of 147 in the amateur qualifier. O’Keefe, from Creston, posted the top score last year in the event.

Rounding out the top four qualifiers for the men’s amateur, slated for July 15-18 at the Seymour club in North Vancouver, are Birchbank’s Braden McKay (148) and Hanno Southam of Granite Pointe in Nelson (157). Kevin Bennet of Redstone is the first alternate.

Tyler McKay’s 146 total was also tops among qualifiers for the B.C. junior men’s championship, which goes July 8-11 at the Meadow Gardens club in Pitt Meadows.

The five-person team includes Braden McKay, Southam and Aiden and Trevor Browell from the Champion Lakes Course in Beaver Valley.

The weekend also determined the local golfers to compete in the B.C. Summer Games in Nanaimo from July 17-20.

The four-man contingent features Ethan Paton of Salmo, Jeff Ashton from Birchbank, Christina Lake’s Jordan Field and Dugan McInnes of Nakusp.

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