Six junior Kootenay golfers travelled to Prince George and struck gold at the 2022 BC Summer Games.
Champion Lakes Golf Pro, Kevin Nesbitt, led the Kootenay Zone 1 team comprised of three U-16 boys and girls respectively, including Rossland golfer Adrian Roberts, brothers Mitchell and Austin Krahn from Christina Lake, Jordis Smith and Lexus Coates from Nakusp, and Creston’s Ashlyn Rejman.
Little did they know they’d be bringing home a first-time ever gold medal for Group Net as well as an individual gold for Boys’ Low Gross for Austin Krahn.
The Games opened on July 20 with an energizing opening ceremony, where the torch was lit in front of an audience of nearly 4,000 young athletes.
The golf teams played a practice round and then went head-to-head in two full days of competition in which eight zones from all areas of the province competed.
The team’s chaperone, photographer, mom and manager Melanie Lankhaar-Rejman dubbed the golf team the Kootenay Kids.
“This team proved that they could work together and their efforts showed in their accomplishments both on and off the course,” said Lankhaar-Rejman.
On the final day of competition, Austin Krahn finished first overall winning a gold medal and what better way to celebrate his 16th birthday than to capture two gold medals!
Ashlyn Rejman was the youngest golfer on the team and the only junior girl to qualify from Creston in May.
Not long after the team met did the camaraderie and laughter begin and soon Zone 1 was referred to as “the fun crew” on the golf course.
Although the BC Summer Games only lasted a few days, the memories and experiences will live on for these young golfers for years to come.
A huge shout out to Kevin Nesbitt (Coach), Fiona Martin (West Kootenay Junior Golf Coordinator), Don Price (Retired Golf Pro and Coach in Creston), the parents and supporters that provided the opportunity for these young athletes to compete in such a prestigious event and the BC Summer Games Golf organization (Elizabeth Dunn and Ann Holmes).