Kwalikum golf in Victoria

Blustery conditions complicate play for all during the Victoria City Police Tournament

It was a tough first day of the Victoria City Police Tournament at Olympic View Golf Course for the Kwalikum Kondors, as high winds made the course more challenging than usual.

The entire field battled the blustery conditions on opening day and even though the sun was shining, the wind made things interesting for all involved.

Grade 11’s Masato Wilson and Tony Trozzo fired an opening round score of 80, Blair Stewart, also in Grade 11, shot an 82. Jake Lane, in Grade 10, shot an opening round of 81, while Grade 9 Aiden Goodfellow rounded out the scoring for the Kondors with a round of 85.

“The wind made life miserable out there,” coach Butch Gayton said. “In situations where you’d be able to hit a seven iron, you’d have to hit a five iron just to get it there.”

“The wind moved your club selection either up two clubs or down two clubs, it was that windy out there.”

Looking to bounce back on day two of the unusual two day tournament (Wednesday, scores not available at press time), the Kondors will look to grind it out and earn some lower scores in the process.

“Every shot is important in a two-day tournament,” Gayton said. “The boys each shot a good first round but the wind just added on to the difficulty this course brings even when the weather is perfect.”

“We’ll be looking to just keep the ball in play and battle it out,” Gayton said, “hopefully shoot some lower scores and find ourselves near, or at, the top of the leader board.”

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