KSS win second provincial title

The Kwalikum Secondary Kondors are back-to-back winners of the AA provincial golf championships, thanks to a 16-shot victory.

The Kwalikum Kondors won their second AA Provincial golf title at Pheasant Glen in Qualicum Beach. From left: coach Butch Gayton

The Kwalikum Secondary Kondors are back-to-back winners of the AA provincial golf championships, thanks to a 16-shot victory last week at the Pheasant Glen Golf Resort.

The Kondors came in to the provincials with something to prove and didn’t disappoint, blowing away the competition by 16 shots. The tournament was played under excellent conditions as rain fell the morning of opening day but the sun was out by the shotgun start.

KSS got off to a great start on the opening day, shooting a team score of 298 to sit six shots clear of the second place St. Thomas Moore Collegiate.

Santiago Bourya led the way for the Kondors on day one, shooting a round of even par 72. Grade 10 Masato Wilson shot a 73, Scott Lemon 76, Tony Trozzo 77 and Cole Morrison 83.

“Masato was really the nice surprise on the first day for us,” coach Butch Gayton said. “To have the number five golfer come out and shoot a 73 was quite the pleasant surprise for us and really put us at an advantage heading in to day two.”

Day two was much of the same in terms of weather, the sun shining on the golfers all day long as round two got under way early in the morning. The Kondors had a six-shot lead and would stretch that lead out even more, thanks to a two–under round of 70 from Santiago Bourya. Both Lemon and Trozzo shot the same scores as the previous day (76 and 77, respectively) on day two while Cole Morrison turned in an 80 and Masato Wilson shot an 83.

“Day two was just the perfect day in terms of the shape of the course,” Gayton said. “We had a good first round but were sort of in that position where we weren’t satisfied with the lead, knowing it could slip away from us. To see Santi get out there and shoot two under was huge and having Scott and Anthony shoot the same scores helped big time.”

This brought the AA Provincial title to the Kondors for the second year in a row, this time on their home turf. Last year saw Bourya, Lemon, Morrison, Trozzo and Blair Stewart earning their names on the trophy and this year will have Masato Wilson getting his name on the trophy in place of Stewart, who is also in Grade 10.

“It just goes to show that we’ve got some great golf talent here at KSS,” Gayton said. “To have those four kids get their names on this trophy two years in a row is huge and knowing that both Blair and Masato have their name on it too does wonders for them. It was a pleasure to coach all of these kids and see them capture the title two years in a row was just spectacular.”

Bourya, Lemon and Morrison are all graduating this year while Wilson, Trozzo and Blair Stewart will be back next year to go for the three–peat.

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