Junior golf Hoodikoff makes it three in a row

Junior golfer Jordan Hoodikoff won his third event as the Zone 1 West Kootenay junior golf tour made stops in Nelson and Christina Lake.

Junior golfer Jordan Hoodikoff won his third event in as many tries, as the Zone 1 West Kootenay junior golf tour made stops in Nelson and Christina Lake on the weekend.

On Saturday, difficult course conditions greeted golfers to Granite Point Golf Club in Nelson.  Scores were high, but in the end, Hoodikoff from Christina Lake took the overall title with a 4-over par round of 76.

The next day, the 18-year-old showed his experience and poise as he won his third straight Zone 1 event with a 3-under 69 on his home course.

Garrett Underwood from Champion Lake took first in the 17-18-year category with an 84 at Granite Point, while Alex Rugg also from Champion finished second with an 87.  In the 15-16 year olds, female golfer Amber Arnold was first with an 88 and Isaac Janzen from Creston was second with a 90.

One of the best performances on the day came from the 13-14 year olds, where Nolan Renwick from Granite Point carded a 79 to finish second overall, but first in his flight. Braden McKay from RTCC was second in 13-14 year flight with an 84.

More than 30 juniors teed it up Sunday at Christina Lake with warm weather bringing improved scores.

Tyler McKay, from Rossland-Trail, made it interesting and was 1-under through 14 holes, but two late bogies led to a 1-over par 73 to finish behind Hoodikoff.

In the flights, Underwood and Brenan Moroney (RTCC) went to a three-hole playoff and Underwood ended up taking first in the 17-18 year division.  Tyler McKay took first in the 15-16 year category with Janzen from Creston getting second with a 78.  In the 13-14 year division, Braden McKay shot the low round with a 77.

For the first time in a few years the West Kootenay Junior tour had enough females to run a female division.  Amber Arnold from Castlegar beat MacKenzie Field in a two-hole playoff to take first.  Both girls posted identical rounds of 88.