Juveniles blow away golf course
After three days of close competition, Diego San Pedro and Shirin Anjarwalla emerged as winners of the 2014 British Columbia Golf Juvenile Championships last Thursday at Royalwood golf course.
Nanaimo’s Anjarwalla, 14, nurtured an early lead to finish the series with an impressive 12-under-par to secure the girls’ title.
Despite her 15 birdies, the gap closed on the final day of golf as Team Canada member Naomi Ko caught up to finish a single stroke behind Anjarwalla.
The final stretch was even tighter for the boys, with a one-hole playoff finish which saw 16-year-old San Pedro win the tiebreaker with a bogey.
His competitor Jaewook Lee found the water hazard on his tee-off shot, giving San Pedro a lot of room to work.
Both boys finished the three rounds at six strokes under par.
“The talent at all of the events keeps getting better and younger as witnessed this weekend at the under-17 BC Juveniles,” said Ray Flynn, tournament chair.
Flynn said the scores are even more impressive than they appear, given the afternoon winds that sweep Royalwood most days.
On the operational side of the event, he credits a lot of community help for the success of the competition.
“Tournaments like this only can run smoothly if the volunteers step up, and this year… the volunteer support was excellent,” said Flynn.
Mitchell Thiessen, the sole Chilliwack representative to make the cut, tied for 34th place.
“Quite honestly, I don’t know what happened the third day, shooting an 80,” he said. “My irons and driver just weren’t working for me.”
“I usually play pretty well at Royalwood, so this was a disappointing end for me.”
Among Thiessen’s previous achievements this season were an individual silver and a team gold in the Nanaimo BC Summer Games in July.
Both Thiessen and Flynn cite cost and travel as important factors explaining why there were few Chilliwack golfers at the event.
Flynn chairs the Player Development Trust Fund, a charitable arm of BC Golf that provides assistance to boys and girls who would otherwise not be able to afford attending competitions.
>To see detailed results of the Juvenile tournament or make a donation to the trust fund, go to britishcolumbiagolf.org.
– with files from Morgan Gibbens of British Columbia Golf