Junior Golf: McKay wins Johnny Bucyk

17-year-old Tyler McKay of Rossland continued his excellent play, winning the Johnny Bucyk championship this past weekend in Creston.

After collecting a bronze medal at last week’s provincial high school championship, 17-year-old Tyler McKay of Rossland continued his excellent play, winning the Johnny Bucyk championship this past weekend in Creston.

The Bucyk championship is a two-day 57 hole event played at the venerable Creston Golf Club, with two rounds played Saturday and a final round Sunday.

McKay shot rounds of 75 and 74 on the difficult Creston course Saturday to open the tournament and take a nine-shot lead over his brother Braden McKay who posted 81 and 77 and Jake Reeves of Sandpoint Idaho who had rounds of 76 and 84.

On Sunday the weather turned a bit worse, and Tyler struggled out of the gate. He posted an 82, but was still able to hold on for the win.

Braden finished second in the 15-19 year division, and Carson Arcuri from Nelson finished third. In the 14 and under division, Jake Reeves of Sandpoint Idaho finished first, Kaeden Lane of Grand Forks placed second and Aiden Browell of Fruitvale BC came in third.

Tyler and Reeves will both receive exemptions into the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship and the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship.