The West Kootenay Zone 1 Junior Golf season came to a fitting conclusion Sunday at the Balfour Golf Course.
The season ended the same way it started with Birchbank’s Tyler McKay taking home medalist honours and securing his position as Zone 1 Junior Player of the Year.
Tyler opened the day with a first round 2-under par score of 70, three shots better than Braden McKay’s 73 and nine better than Brenan Moroney. Only Moroney and Braden had a mathematical chance to catch Tyler for Player of The Year, but Tyler played his afternoon round in 1-over par to finish the tournament at 1-under, three shots better than Braden.
Moroney finished third in the tour championship and secured top spot for the season in the 17 and 18 year division. Braden McKay was top player in the 15 and 16 year division and Aiden Browell took home the trophy for the 14 and under division. Carson Arcuri from Granite Point was awarded the prestigious Emily Beauchamp Award given to the player who best demonstrates ability, sportsmanship, dedication and improvement.
A number of local juniors will be continuing their competitive schedules very soon. Tyler and Braden McKay will attempt to qualify for the US Junior championship next week. David Launier, Brenan, Tyler, Braden, Carson and Isaac Janzen will all be playing the BC Junior. Jeff Ashton and Jake Kolodychuk will be playing in the BC Juvenile.