The Earl Marriott Mariners senior golf team is on Vancouver Island next week, where they’ll take a shot at brining a provincial banner back to the Semiahmoo Peninsula.
The Marriott golf squad qualified for B.C. High School Golf Championships – which begin Tuesday at Crown Isle Golf Course in Courtenay – after winning the Fraser Valley championships on May 16.
In the Valley tournament, which was held at Surrey’s Northview Golf Club’s par-72, 6,475-yard Ridge course, Marriott’s team carded a total team score of 308, which was six shots better than second-place Walnut Grove, and 16 better than Sardis, which placed third.
Earl Marriott’s team was made up of Max Waterman, Ian Kim, Devin Kelly, Riley Edwards and Edward Metcalfe.
“At the end of the day, we didn’t play our best golf, but we got the job done.” said EMS coach Mark Figueira.
“Our golfers are really looking forward to… Crown Isle, and they want to make a serious run at the B.C. championship.”
The team arrives in Courtenay Monday, and will play a practice round; the two-day tournament officially tees off Tuesday morning, and the final round goes Wednesday.
Figueira figures the course, and the competition, will be tough.
“We have been strategizing and doing our homework on the course. It’s a very demanding course off the tee, so if you get in trouble off the tee, it’s very difficult,” he said.
And though his team will not have the experience playing Crown Isle that other teams, like Courtenay’s Mark Isfeld Secondary, has, he is confident in his group.
“Oak Bay, Mark Isfeld and Vancouver Colleage will all be tough teams to beat, but I feel we can match up against any of them if we play smart, team golf,” Figueira said.