KSS Kondor golf team taking on all challengers

Kwalikum Secondary School’s golf team is on a roll, having won its first two tournaments of the year.

The Kondors golf team has its sights set on the Island and provincial championships.

Kwalikum Secondary School’s golf team is on a roll, having won its first two tournaments of the year.

Led by head coach Butch Gayton, this year’s squad is made up of 11 players which drives the point home that the team “has grown in popularity over the years.”

The team is almost halfway through their season — beyond the two tournaments they have played eight inter-squad play days since March 8 sponsored by the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club.

The Kondors opened the season with a strong showing at the Alberni Golf & Country Club April 3, finishing first in the field of eight with a combined score over 18 holes of 308 (each team fields five players, the top four scores count.)

Leading the charge that day for KSS was Grade 11 Cole Morrison who shot a tournament low two-over par 74, followed by Santiago Bouyra with 77, the second lowest.

KSS teed off again April 11 at Morningstar for a 14-team tourney hosted by Ballenas Secondary School.

The Kondors finished top of the heap in that one with a team score of 295 — 17 strokes ahead of the second place team Claremont.

“That’s a very low score, that’s provincial calibre play,” said Gayton.

Bouyra fired a tournament low 3-under 69 in that one, with six birdies, while Morrison finished with an even par 72.

Grade 12 Scott Austin came in at 77, and Blair Stewart, part of a strong Grade 9 contingent, shot 79.

Gayton said “it’s been a slower start than some of the players had hoped for, but they’re rounding into form. I have to pick five kids out of the 11 to participate in the Islands and provincials, and they’re definitely making it tough on me.”

GAME ON: Gayton and nine members of the Kondors’ golf team traveled to Comox Wednesday afternoon for the 12-team Glacier Greens Open.