Bantam Boys’ & Girls’ ChampionshipsAugust 26, 2011
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Naomi Ko won the BC Bantam Girls’ Championship by an impressive 11 strokes, while A.J. Ewart came from behind to win the BC Bantam Boys’ Championship at Nico Wynd Golf Course in Surrey, BC.
Naomi Ko, of Victoria, concluded her wire-to-wire victory by shooting a second round 1-over-par 71 to claim the BC Bantam Girls’ title. Ko finished the tournament at 1-over-par 141, which was 11 strokes better than her closest competitor.
“I just tried to keep calm all day,” said the 13-year-old Ko. “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.”
Finishing in second place was Shania Remandaban, of Coquitlam, at 12-over-par 152, followed in third place by Shirin Anjarwalla, of Nanaimo, 13-over-par 153.
In the Bantam Boys’ Championship, A.J. Ewart, of Coquitlam, fired a 2-under-par 68 to take home the win. Ewart, who began the day tied for second place, finished the tournament at 4-under-par 136.
“Every time I missed a green I managed to get it up and down,” said Ewart, 12. “My shots from the fairway weren’t great but I putted very well. I feel really good and hopefully I can win again next year.”
In a three-way tie for second place at 1-under-par 139 was Henry Lee, of Coquitlam, Sy Lovan, of Vancouver, and Alex Francois, of Burnaby. Rounding out the top five was Roy Kang, of North Vancouver, at 2-over-par 142.
Alex Francois & Naomi Ko lead heading into the final round
Aug. 25 – Alex Francois, of Burnaby, and Naomi Ko, of Victoria, lead their respective divisions after the opening round of the BC Bantam Boys’ and Girls’ Championships at Nico Wynd Golf Course in Surrey, BC.
Francois, 13, fired at 3-under-par 67, which included six birdies and three bogey, and will take a one-stroke lead into Friday’s final round.
In a three-way tie for second place at 2-under-par 68 are A.J. Ewart, of Coquitlam, Roy Kang, of North Vancouver, and Sy Lovan, of Vancouver. Rounding out the top five are Jaewook Lee, of Langley, and Callum Davison, of Duncan, who are tied at 1-over-par 71.
In the Bantam Girls’ Championship, Ko, 13, had a very consistent round carding an even-par 70 that included two bogeys and two birdies, all of which were on the front nine.
Five shots behind Ko in second place is Shirin Anjarwalla, of Nanaimo, at 5-over-par 75. She is closely followed by Shania Remantaban, of Coquitlam, in third place at 6-over-par 76, and Sumie Francois, of Burnaby, in fourth place at 7-over-par 77.
The final round of the BC Bantam Boys’ and Girls’ Championships tee off Friday at 9:00 a.m. PST.
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Nico Wynd Golf Course is set to host
Aug. 24 – Bantam golfers from across the province are set to compete at the 2011 BC Bantam Boys’ and Girls’ Championships from August 25-26, at Nico Wynd Golf Course in Surrey, BC
Many of BC’s top golfers began their competitive careers by winning the Bantam Championship. Team Canada’s Eugene Wong won the championship three times (2002-2004), Team Canada Development Squad member Adam Svensson is a two-time winner (2006, 2007) and Kevin Kwon, the reigning Canadian Junior Boys Champion, won the event in 2008.
College standout and Team Canada member Jessica Wallace won the Bantam Girls’ Championship in 2003, professional Sue Kim is a two-time winner (2004, 2005) and reigning Canadian Juvenile Girls Champion Jisoo Keel won the championship in 2007. Wallace and Kim are both competing in this week’s CN Canadian Women’s Open in Mirabel, QC.
The BC Bantam Boys’ and Girls’ Championships are both 36-hole gross stroke play competitions open to golfers who are aged 13 and under.