McKay leads the way

Rossland golfer sweeps junior stops at Redstone and Birchbank and qualifies for B.C. Junior Championships.

Junior golfers battled the elements and each other over a busy weekend of play at the Redstone and Birchbank golf courses.

The two weekend events were part of the regular junior circuit but the events also doubled as the qualifier for the B.C. Junior championships.

Capping it off was a B.C. Golf Association development camp which proved to be a big success thanks to the help of Team B.C. coach Matt Palsenbarg and Champion Lakes Golf Club head professional Kevin Nesbitt.

Despite all the expert advice, the golfers had to contend with Mother Nature on Saturday at the Redstone course in Rossland.

The cold, rainy conditions took its toll on the players and only Birchbank’s Tyler McKay managed to break 80.

His total of 79 was the best round of the day and three strokes better than Granite Pointe’s Carson Arcuri, who carded an 82.

Birchbank’s Brennan Moroney won the 17-18-year-old division, Arcuri’s round put him atop the 15-16-year-old group and Kaden Lane of Christina Lake was tops in the 14-and-under division.

The weather cleared up on Sunday for the next stop at the Birchbank course but the overall winner stayed the same as McKay fired an even-par 72.

Moroney, who finished four shots behind at 76, repeated as the top player in the 17-18 division.

Rock Creek’s David Launier shaved four strokes off his Saturday score to card an 84 and capture the 15-16 division while Lane repeated in the 14-under group.

Four players were selected to represent the zone at the B.C. junior men’s championship, which begins July 2 in Revelstoke.

Scores over the two weekend events were used to determine the team.

McKay’s tournament-best rounds on Saturday and Sunday easily qualified him for the provincials. Rounding out the team are Moroney, with his rounds of 86 and 76, Launier, who carded rounds of 88 and 84, and Isaac Janzen of Creston, who needed a playoff to secure his berth after posting rounds of 89 and 86.

Many of the young golfers will be back at the Birchbank course when the B.C. Single-A high school championships tee off on May 27. The three-day event is open to secondary schools with a maximum enrolment of 160 male and female students in grades 11 and 12.

It will mark the first time since May 2011 that a high school golf championship will be held. The championships were cancelled last year in the face of the teachers’ job action and subsequent withdrawal from extra-curricular activities.

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