KSS earns way to provincials

The Qualicum Beach team hosting provincials is also Island champs

Santiago Bourya and the KSS golf team are ready to defend their AA provincial title next week at Pheasant Glen Golf Course. The tournament starts Tuesday with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

The Kwalikum Kondors golf team won the Island championship for the third year in a row and is heading to the provincials looking sharp.

Taking place at Arbutus Ridge near Victoria, the Kondors managed to come out on top of the field on a course that challenged all the schools involved.

KSS shot a combined team score of 313, capturing their third Island title in the last four years (2012 was canceled) and winning their way to provincials.

With the provincial championships taking place at Pheasant Glen in Qualicum Beach next week, the Kondors already had a berth as the host team but are much happier to earn their way in.

“We weren’t going to settle for backing in to the provincials,” coach Butch Gayton said.

“We wanted to make sure that we showed we were for real at the Islands and we did just that. Our team played incredibly well considering how tough the course was playing and we showed why we’re the defending provincial champions.”

The Kondors will be gearing up for the provincials, May 26–28. Monday is a practice day, with the tournament kicking off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

“It’s going to be exciting for us, for sure,” Gayton said. “We’re going to be on our home turf and we’re going to be defending our title, there’s not much more to get excited about than that right there. It’s going to be a great tournament for these kids and we’re hoping to end the season the way we said we were going to when it started.”

The Kondors still have their work cut out for them, with the remaining five spots on the team open for anyone to grab. This showed at the Islands with Grade 12 Santiago Bourya shooting an opening round of 81, his highest round as a Kondor. His teammates picked him up though, with Scott Lemon, Grade 12, having a round of 76. Cole Morrison, Grade 12, had a round of 77 and Michelle Waters, also in Grade 12, had her best round of the season, shooting a 79.

“Santi was a little under the weather but luckily we had some good scores to balance it out,” Gayton said. “Scott continued his great play as of late and Cole brought his game too. I was really pleased to see Michelle have her best round of the season out there and that really helped us get closer to that 300 mark as a team.”

With three Grade 10’s looking to earn a spot in the top five for provincials, Blair Stewart fired a round of 81, Anthony Trozzo had a round of 82 and Masato Wilson finished with an 87.

“It’s funny because it’s there for the taking,” Gayton said. “Masato shoots an 87 at the Islands then comes back and has the best score during our team round with 74. It’s really wide open for them to take.”

Just Posted

BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs move game to Parksville due to ice rink closure

Prince George and Bulldogs to battle it out Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Oceanside Place

Two new welcome poles unveiled for the Qualicum First Nation’s Head Start program

Carvers: Jesse Recalma of the Qualicum First Nation and Karver Everson of the K’ómoks First Nation

Man, 50, dies following incident in downtown Parksville

Teenage girl hailed as hero for intervening after witnessing situation unfold

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

B.C. taxi drivers no longer exempt from wearing a seatbelt

Before, taxi drivers were allowed to forego a seatbelt when driving under 70 kilometres an hour

Sportsnet looks at new options for Coach’s Corner time slot, post-Don Cherry

Spokesperson says Hall of Fame feature on tap this weekend after co-host’s firing

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Car dash covered in papers not an excuse for speeding, Delta police warn

After pulling driver over for speeding, police found his speedometer blocked by a stack of papers

Most Read