RSS and J. L. Crowe qualify

Simister caps off exciting match for final hole victory

A strong field of 45 players teed it up at Christina Lake last week for the combined “A” and “AA” qualifier for the B.C. Provincial High School Golf championships.

On the “AA” side, J. L. Crowe, Kimberly and David Thompson from Invermere got through and on the “A” side, Rossland Secondary School qualified.

The Crowe team all  worked hard to make it to the next level.

Alex Rugg had a solid 81 and Ryan page, the other counting score for Crowe got up and down from a very difficult position on 18 to save his par.

However, the  excitement on the day came from Steve Simister of Crowe, playing in the final grouping of the day.

With almost all the counting scores posted on the board, the Crowe players knew that Simister had to post an 85 for their team to finish at 332 – one shot ahead of Creston.

At the 18th and final hole, Simister needed to make a par 4 to post the 85.

The Crowe student teed off, launching a great drive down the middle of the fairway. He followed that with a fantastic approach shot that landed him on the green.

With teamates and rivals looking on. Simister then two putted for his par providing everyone with one of the more exiting finishes in high school qualifying in years.

For Rossland, Tyler McKay and Brenan Moroney had very solid rounds finishing tied for second with three over par rounds of 75.

Tanner Kopan of Grand Forks took fourth with a 76 and Garrett Underwood from Crowe had a very solid round, finishing tied for 8th with a 79.