Junior Boys’ ChampionshipJuly 11, 2012
Final Round Recap
Roberts Creek, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)-Matthew Broughton storms back to claim the 2012 British Columbia Junior Boys’ Championship at Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.
Heading into final round play, the eighteen year old from Victoria sat three strokes back of Team Canada member Kevin Kwon who sat a -6 for the Championship. Kwon had played the first three rounds of the Championship in economical fashion but it wouldn’t be his day as Broughton pieced together a closing round two-under-par 70, good enough for the three shot come-from-behind victory.
Broughton credits his win to being able to get his round off to a good start as he got to one under early by making birdie on the 212-yard, par 3.
“I made a really good putt on three to get my round under par and then another one on the fifth got me to two under so it was a good start,” stated Broughton. “I basically just plodded along from there making the par putts when I needed to and birdies when they came.”
A good start is exactly what it was. With Broughton sitting -2 on his day through the 8th hole, he would make bogey on the difficult par 3, 196-yard ninth. He would make another birdie on the par-5 11th hole, only to give it back on the par 4, 378-yard 13th hole.
Hitting it into the greenside bunker on his second shot on the par-4 14th hole, Broughton felt his round was starting to slip until he managed the unthinkable coming out of the trap onto the delicate greens at Sunshine Coast G&CC, holing out for a birdie 3.
“That bunker shot on 14 was the turning point for me,” smiled Broughton. “Holing that shot really got me back on track because I was starting to lose it a bit.”
Broughton would stay on track, closing his round with four consecutive pars to post a -5 total and win by two strokes.
“I did my best to not look at the signs out there today but I knew the lead was changing back and forth. Kevin Kwon is a very good so I knew he was going to make some birdies and get back into it.”
As Broughton stabilized his round, Kwon uncharacteristically struggled, making eight bogey’s on his day, dropping him into a tie for third place with a closing round 77, -1 overall.
Playing one group infront of Broughton and Kwon and unable to give up on his dream of becoming a Junior Boys’ champion, first round leader Kevin Ko, 16 of Coquitlam, began to get into the red numbers quickly during the final round. The Northview Golf and Country Club member made four birdies on his first 11 holes with only one miscue on par 4, 415-yard 10th hole. After missing his approach to the right of the green, Ko would be unable to get down for par, making a poorly timed bogey.
Ko would however get that shot and another back, making birdie on the 11th and 13th to get his round to -4, -5 overall. Unfortunately for him, he slipped coming in, making two bogeys on 14 and 17, dropping him into solo second overall.
When asking Broughton when he thought he had the title locked up over his competitors, namely Ko, he was deliberate in his response. “When I holed out on 18. You never know what anyone is doing in front of you and Ko played really well so it was when I tapped in on 18 that I knew I had it.”
This is Broughton’s first championship of any significant value and significant it is.
“I have never won anything this big,” said Broughton with a smile on his face. “It has been a lot of hard work and practice but I guess it paid off. This feeling is awesome.”
Broughton gave credit to his father in his speech following his acceptance of the Gordon Bowers Trophy as champion.
“I want to thank all of my competitors and everyone at Sunshine Coast but I really want to thank my dad,” said Broughton while holding back emotion. “After all of those lessons and practice it finally came together so thanks dad.”
With the top two spots set-in-stone, a sudden-death playoff would need to decide third place and the one remaining spot on Team BC for the Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship.
After firing the days best score at four-under-par 68, Chris Crisologo, 16 of Richmond, booked his ticket to what would be a short battle with Kwon. After making birdie on holes 16 and 17 during regulation to get it to -1 overall, Crisologo made a slippery side-hill 12-footer for birdie on the first playoff hole, the par 4 362-yard par 4. Kwon would miss a lengthy birdie effort to miss out on Team BC but get a quota to attend nationals.
Team BC, consisting of champion Broughton, Ko and Crisologo, will now travel to Osprey Ridge Golf Club in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia on July 31-August 3, 2012 to test their game against Canada’s other junior golfers. Twelve others in the field received quota spots to attend the national Championship.
“Nationals are going to be awesome. British Columbia always has a good team and this team will be no different,” said Broughton.
British Columbia Golf would like to thank the amazing staff and volunteers at the Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club for their hospitality in hosting this event.
Round Three Recap
Kwon Stretches Lead to Three Strokes Going Into Final Day At Junior Boys’ Championship
Roberts Creek, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)-Team Canada Development Squad member Kevin Kwon opens up a three-stroke lead heading into the final round of the 2012 British Columbia Junior Boys’ Championship at Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.
Kwon, a seventeen year old member of Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club, had an up-and-down round that featured three bogeys and four birdies on the tight and well manicured Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club playing just over 6,300 yards. This compliment allowed him to fire a one-under-par 71 for a -6 Championship total (70-69-71-210) and a three-stroke cushion over his nearest competitor.
Starting the day only one back of Kwon and playing in his grouping was first round leader Kevin Ko, 18 of Coquitlam. Ko struggled during the third round, carding a three-over-par 75 to slip into fourth place with a -1 Championship total (68-72-75-215).
Jumping up the leader board from tied for fifth at the start of the day into solo second was eighteen year old Matthew Broughton of Victoria. Broughton scored four birdies during today’s round compared to a lone bogey en route to a days best three-under-par 69, 213 total (72-72-69-213). Broughton will play in the final pairing with Kwon and thirteen year old Henry Lee.
Lee, a member at Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club with Kwon, did not do anything on the day that would blow his chances at the Championship, posting an even-par score of 72 for a 214 total (71-71-72-214), four back of Kwon’s pace and well within reach of the overall title.
Josh Zhang, 17 of Vancouver, tied Broughton’s score at 69 for the day and sits in fifth place all by himself. Others to break par on the day were Victoria’s Jake DuVall(18) who shot a two-under 70, fifteen year old Trevor Yu of Vancouver with a one-under 71 and Richmond’s Chris Crisologo, who at sixteen year old, carded a one-under 71.
The final round will begin tomorrow at 7:30am with the leaders teeing off at 9:18am. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Entrance is free of charge.
For more information on final round start times and round three statistics, click here.
Round Two Recap
Team Canada’s Kevin Kwon Grabs Lead by One at Junior Boys’
Roberts Creek, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)-Kevin Kwon jumps out front for a one-stroke lead at the British Columbia Junior Boys’ Championship hosted by Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.
The seventeen year old Team Canada Development Squad member posted a tidy three-under-par 69 for a two-round 139 total (70-69-139). Thanks to his solid opening two rounds, Kwon sits at five-under for the Championship, one ahead of his nearest competitor.
Kwon’s round began a bit rocky as he made bogey on the par 4, 378-yard 13th, only his second hole of the day. His ability to bounce back became evident as he made birdies on holes 15, 16 and 18 to get his round to two-under at that point. He would then make two more birdies and a bogey on his way in to post his score -3 score.
Sitting only one stroke back of the 2011 Junior Boys’ runner-up Kwon is first round leader Kevin Ko of Coquitlam. The eighteen year old from Northview Golf and Country Club followed up his opening round 68 with an even par 72 that featured one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars. Ko is within striking of distance of Kwon at -4 overall, 140 total (68-72-140) and second by himself.
Fellow Coquitlam resident Henry Lee, 13, holds solo third place after putting together his second consecutive round of 71 to sit at -2 overall, 142 total (71-71-142). Burnaby’s Alan Tolusso, 16, rounds out the remaining players in the field sitting under par for the Championship. Tolusso broke into the 60’s during today’s play, matching Kwon’s three-under-par 69 putting him at -1 for the Championship (74-69-143).
Round of the day goes to British Columbia Golf Presidential Exemption Hugo Bernard of Mont St-Hilaire, Quebec who shot a four-under-par 68 getting him right back in the Championship as he sits in a 10-way tie for 15th at 148, only nine back of Kwon’s pace. Bernard earned an exemption into the Junior Boys’ Championship due to his stellar play in Quebec during the 2011 golf season and claiming top spot on Quebec’s Junior Order of Merit.
Not only did Bernard have a special day but so did Rossland’s Braden McKay, 14, who recorded an ace on the par 3, 178-yard 15th hole. When asked about the moment, McKay was calm and collected.
“I didn’t even see it go in. I hit a 5-iron right at the pin and when I got up and saw it was in the hole I just grabbed it.”
“I have never even made an eagle before,” smiled McKay.
McKay played in the 2011 Junior Boys’ Championship but did not make the cut so he decided to assist as a walking scorer. His brother Tyler is in this weeks field as they both traveled from Rossland together. Unfortunately, both players missed the cut and will be heading home early.
The field was cut to the low 70 players and ties after the second round. The number at which the cut was made was 157, +13 overall.
The zone team gross championship was also decided following today’s round. The team from Zone 5 was able to hang on to victory, posting an aggregate +1, 433 total. This team was lead by Victoria’s Jake DuVall (18), Alex Cartwright (18), Matthew Broughton (18) and Connor Gann (17).
In the club team competition, Kwon and Lee locked up the win for Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club thanks to a -7, 281 gross team total. This put them six strokes ahead of their nearest competitors from Vancouver Golf Club.
Round three tee times will begin Wednesday at 7:30am going off holes one and twelve. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Entrance is free-of-charge.
Round One Recap
Roberts Creek (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)-Kevin Ko sets healthy pace during round one at the British Columbia Junior Boys’ Championship at Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club in Roberts Creek.
Ko, 18, of Coquitlam and member at Northview Golf and Country Club, pieced together an impressive first round, carding five birdies and only a single bogey.
The 2011 B.C. AAA High School Championship runner-up started the round relatively quiet until carding three birdies and a bogey in a four-hole stretch, starting on hole six. He was able to make two more birdies on his inward half to post the nearly flawless four-under 68, good enough for a two-stroke lead.
Team Canada Development Squad member Kevin Kwon, 17, of Pitt Meadows is sitting in a tie for second with Vancouver’s Josh Zhang, also 17, at two-under-par 70. Both players were able to birdie the difficult par 5, 510-yard first hole to get their rounds on the right track but could not match the pace that was eventually set by Ko.
Three other players sit in a tie for fourth place at one-under-par 71 heading into round two including 2012 CN Future Links Pacific champion Zach Anderson of Nanaimo.
In the zone team championship, the team from Zone 5 leads the way at a two-over 218 total, followed closely by Zone 4 at five-over 221. Victoria’s Jake DuVall, Alex Cartwright and Matthew Brought represent Zone 5 and all three are 18 years of age. The fourth member is Victoria’s Connor Gann who is 17 years of age.
The Junior Boys’ Championship is a 72-hole stroke play gross competition with a field of 156 players aged 18 and younger as of the last day of the competition. The Championship features a cut to the low 70 players and ties after 36 holes to determine the third and final round participants.
The club and zone team championships are held held concurrently with the first and second rounds of the Championship. The zone teams are named prior to the start of the Championship with only 3 of 4 scores counting towards the aggregate score. The club teams are decided following tomorrow’s second round based on clubs with two or more participants in the field.
Round two tee times will begin Wednesday at 7:30am. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Entrance is free-of-charge.
For more information on starting times and round one statistics, click here.
Twenty Qualify for Junior Boys’ Championship Via Supplemental Qualifier
Roberts Creek, British Columbia (BRITISH COLUMBIA GOLF)- The field for the 2012 Junior Boys’ Championship is set following the completion of the supplemental qualifier at Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.
Stuart Macdonald of Vancouver and Victoria’s Jack Lilly both shot one-under-par 71 to take top spot at today’s qualifier, followed by James Chang of Vancouver who shot a one-over-par 73.
Seventeen other players claimed the remaining spots in full field by shooting 81 or better during the qualifier.
All 156 junior aged players will now look to challenge the par-72, 6,337 yard Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club in the hopes of raising the Junior Boys’ Championship trophy at the conclusion of play after 72 holes.
The Championship will begin tomorrow at 7:30 with tee times starting on holes 1 and 12. Spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Entrance is free of charge.
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