The West Kootenay Zone 1 junior golf circuit was in full swing on the weekend, hitting the links at Granite Pointe in Nelson on Saturday and Christina Lake Golf Course Sunday.
Both days saw the cream of the circuit’s crop rise to the top as Birchbank’s Brenan Moroney and Tyler McKay shot identical rounds forcing playoffs in the two events.
On Saturday, Moroney and McKay birdied the par 5, 18th hole to finish with identical scores of 3-over 75, forcing a playoff. But Moroney would win it, executing perfectly by dropping his second shot onto the green and finishing the 350 yard par 4 with a two-putt par for the victory on the first playoff hole.
However, on Sunday at Christina Lake, McKay would turn the tables.
Posting identical rounds of 74 in regulation, the pair headed to another playoff. It would remain even over the first three playoff holes, but on the 500-yard par-5, fourth hole, McKay stepped up and calmly knocked in a birdie to win it.
At Granite Point, Moroney took overall honours with the playoff victory, while McKay would take top spot in the age 17-18 division, with Alex Rugg of Champion Lakes Golf Course coming second after shooting an 80.
Carson Arcuri of Nelson won the 15-16’s with an 84, with Hanno Southam of Granite coming second with a 90. Champion Lakes’ Aiden Browell took top spot for the U14, shooting a 101.
At Christina, MacKay took the overall honours, while Moroney beat out Rugg who shot an 80, and Birchbank’s Ryan Fullerton with an 88 in the 17-18 division.
Isaac Janzen of Creston won the 15-16 division shooting a 78, while Rock Creek’s David Launier finished one shot back in second, and Birchbank’s Jeff Ashton claimed third with an 81.
Browell took home top spot with an 86, and Jackson Konkin of Birchbank shot an 88 for second place in the U14.
The West Kootenay circuit was pleased to see Emily Ashton, from Castlegar, play in her first ever junior circuit and did very well in the nine hole division. Zone 1 golf also had Kyle Hall and Ben Kelsch from Granite Pointe and Ely Overennay from Castlegar play their first circuit events of the year.