KSS golfers fourth in Victoria Police tournament

Kondors top field in Courtenay tournament before traveling south for large tourney

Aiden Goodfellow finished sixth overall and Megan Ratcliffe was second among girls as the Kwalikum Secondary School golf team placed fourth in the annual Vancouver Police High School Junior Golf Tournament at Victoria’s Olympic View Golf Club April 26-27.

The tourney drew 21 school teams from Vancouver Island and the lower Mainland.

Goodfellow, a Grade 10 student, shot a 72 on the opening day to match the tourney’s best round. He followed with an 82 in the final round for a 36-hole total of 154, eight strokes back of Keaton Gudz of Victoria’s Spectrum Community School.

Ratcliffe led the girls through the first round with a 75, and shot 77 the following day to finish one stroke off the lead at 152. She was overtaken by Akari Hayashi of Mount Douglas (Saanich), who closed with a 74.

The Kwalikum team finished at 467 strokes to follow team champion Elgin Park (450), runner-up Spectrum (456) and third-place finisher Belmont (457).

While the Kondors’ second-round total of 241 was well off its opening-round 226, the team did manage to collect three of the four KP awards on the final day. Tony Trozzo, Jake Lane and Ratcliffe each claimed closest-to-the-pin shots on selected par-3 holes.

Earlier that week, Kwalikum won the Mark Isfeld Secondary invitational tournament at Crown Isle Golf Club in Courtenay. Lane posted the low round at 70 and Ratcliffe matched the girls low round with a 72 as the Kondors totalled 296 strokes to 311 for runner-up Highland Secondary (Comox) and 315 for G.P. Vanier Secondary (Courtenay).

Ballenas Secondary of Parksville finished sixth among 10 teams, with a score of 346.

Blair Stewart and Goodfellow each fired 18-hole rounds of 77 and Trozzo shot an 80 to round out Kwalikum’s scoring in the tourney.

Individual totals were not available for Ballenas.

School teams were back in action yesterday at Glacier Greens in Comox (after The NEWS went to press), and will play at Storey Creek Golf Club in Campbell River next Wednesday.

The Kondors return home for a match-play showdown with Shawnigan Secondary at Pheasant Glen Golf Club May 17, their final tune-up before they host the Vancouver Island Championships at Pheasant Glen May 26.

—NEWS staff and KSS golf submission