A lone gopher watches Rossland golfer Tyler McKay drop a six-foot putt at a West Kootenay Junior Golf tournament earlier this summer. The 15-year-old capped off a successful golf season with a 16th place finish at the Juvenile Boys B.C. Golf Championships at Myrtle Point Golf Club in Powell River last week.

A lone gopher watches Rossland golfer Tyler McKay drop a six-foot putt at a West Kootenay Junior Golf tournament earlier this summer. The 15-year-old capped off a successful golf season with a 16th place finish at the Juvenile Boys B.C. Golf Championships at Myrtle Point Golf Club in Powell River last week.

McKay ‘putts’ in great golf season

Solid finish caps off eventful season for Rossland golfer

Junior golfer Tyler McKay finished up his season on a positive note after a good performance at a golf tournament in Powell River last week.

The Juvenile Boys B.C. Championship wrapped up on Friday at the Myrtle Point Golf Club where McKay carded rounds of 75, 77 and a final round 79 to finish in a tie for 16th place in a field of 70 of B.C.’s best juvenile golfers.

“It was really good,” said McKay. “I played solid for three days which was nice.”

It was a great performance for the 15-year-old Rossland native who still has one year of eligibility remaining in the juvenile 16-and under-category.

“I hit the ball a lot better than the scores indicate, but I didn’t putt the greatest.”

Perfect weather greeted golfers throughout the three-day event.

McKay drove the ball well over narrow fairways and his second shots were consistent but his putting woes may have been a result of painfully slow greens.

“It was slower than Birchbank, which is surprising because there’s not many greens slower than Birchbank,” he added.

McKay played well all summer, battling it out in the 15-16-age group with Brenan Maroney at West Kootenay Junior Golf Tour stops and qualifying for the B.C. Junior Golf Championships in Trail last month.

But McKay’s personal highlight is when he led Rossland Secondary School to a fifth-place finish at the “A” provincial high school championships by carding rounds of 72 and 76.

Vancouver’s Trevor Yu won the tournament  posting three consecutive rounds of 70 to finish 6-under par, followed by Jordan Yu and Lucas Gatto, both at 4-under.

Kimberley’s Jared Dutoit was four shots back, good enough for fourth spot.

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