Vancouver golfer Trevor Yu shot a conservative round of 71 on Friday to coast to a 4-shot victory over Logan Yanik of Courtenay and win the CN Western Canadian Junior Golf championship at the Birchbank Golf Course, while Surrey’s Annie Songeun Lee won the junior girls title beating Marie Donnici of Vancouver by two strokes.
The 17-year-old Yu finished with a 5-under 211 over 54 holes in the three-day event, with rounds of 69, 71, and 71. He got to 7-under after birdieing 10 and shooting a 34 on the front nine. He played conservative golf after that, bogeying 14 and 17 and laying up on the par-5, 18th hole to close out the round.
Yanick who finished at 1-under par after shooting 69 on Friday had his best round of the tournament with six birdies to go along with three bogeys after opening with a 76 on Wednesday.
Cole McKinnon of Surrey, playing in the final threesome with Yu and Rossland golfer Tyler McKay, finished third after shooting an even round of 72.
McKay was in second place at 1-under going into the final round. The Birchbank member opened the tournament with a torrid round of 66, cooled off on Wednesday firing a 77, and followed that with a respectable 2-over 74, to finish at 1-over for the championship. However, a birdie on the 18th hole salvaged a tie for a fourth-place finish for the 18-year-old to qualify for the CN Canadian Junior championship in Niagara Falls at the end of the month.
A.J. Armstrong from St. Albert and Khan Lee of Surrey also tied for fourth with McKay to round out the top-six advancing to the nationals.
Lee led the girls tournament from day one carding a 74, 76, and 80 to win the championship. Donnici meanwhile came from 10-strokes off the lead on day 3 to make a run for the title, finishing with a even-par 72 on Friday that included a 4-under 32 on the front nine. Donnici’s father Gabby was raised in Trail before moving to the Lower Mainland to raise his own family.
Rossland’s Braden McKay, 16, had a final round of 5-over 77 that included shooting a 35 on the back nine to finish in 34th spot at 18-over par. Nelson’s Carson Arcui carded a 7-over 79 to end up 24-over par, and Aidan and Trevor Browell shot 8- and 10-over par respectively for 47th and 48th place.
See more on the CN Junior Golf championship in Tuesday’s Trail Times.