Young golfers shine
Dozens of Bantam golfers took to the links at South Surrey's Nico Wynd Golf Course last week to take a swing at the provincial title.
Hosted by British Columbia Golf, the BC Bantam Championships featured 30 boys and 12 girls aged 13 and under, competing for the top spot in the province.
A.J. Ewart of Coquitlam fired identical rounds of 2-under-par 68 to claim the B.C. Bantam Boys title Friday.
Ewart,12, who began the final found Friday tied for second place, finished at 4-under 136.
"Every time I missed a green, I managed to get it up and down," Ewart said after the two-day tournament wrapped up. "My shots from the fairway weren't great, but I putted very well."
Henry Lee, another Coquitlam product, carded rounds of 72-67 (139) to finish in a three-way tie with Vancouver’s Sy Lovan (68-71-139) and Burnaby’s Alex Francois (67-72-139).
In the Bantam girls championship, it was Victoria’s Naomi Ko taking first overall in South Surrey with rounds of 70 and 71 to finish with a score of one-over 141 – 11 strokes better than her closest competitor.
"I just tried to keep calm all day," Ko, 13, said. "When I hit into the trees, I just thought to punch it out to two putt and a bogey would be fine. I didn't put pressure on myself."
Second place in the girls division went to Coquitlam's Shania Remandaban, who finished plus-12; Shirin Anjarwalla, of Nanaimo, followed close behind in third place with a score of plus-13.
Surrey golfer Taylor Patrick, whose home course is Morgan Creek, finished in a tie for 13th place, after shooting rounds of 79 and 77, which left him plus-16. Daniel Sun, also from Surrey, ended the tournament plus-17 and in 15th place .
In the girls group, Surrey's Ashley Omidi and Hannah Lee finished sixth and seventh, respectively.