Parksville junior golfer Gavyn Knight carded an impressive 16-under par 272 score at the Canadian Junior Golf Championships at the Rivershore Estates & Golf Links in Kamloops.
But unfortunately, his outstanding score still wasn’t enough for him to finish first, which surprised him. He ended up sharing second place, three shots behind eventual winner and defending champion Jean-Philippe Parr from St-Celestin, Que.
“Shooting in the 60s for four days and not winning is kind of disappointing but I am still happy with the result,” said Knight. “I wanted to win but I didn’t think the winning score would be 19-under.”
Heading into the final round, Knight fought his way back into contention and catapulted himself up five places, sharing second along with Andre Zhu of Richmond Hill, Ont. and Ethan Wilson of St. Albert, Alta.
“Right from the start I was trying to shoot very low numbers to catch the leader but a bogey on the sixth hole stopped me from doing that,” said Knight. “I gave it a run in the end and it just fell short. We were all happy we have very low scores this week.”
Knight said all throughout the championships, he felt at ease as he was with his fellow members of the Canadian (U19) junior national team.
Knight has ended his junior career on a high note and the Morningstar Golf Club member heads this week to Idaho, to join Boise State Broncos men’s golf team.
Dan Potter, the former head coach of the Broncos, expressed excitement to have Knight be a part of their golf program.
“He had a breakthrough summer last year, winning the B.C. junior, contending in the B.C. Am, and ultimately playing his way onto the Canadian national team,” said Potter. “He’s a mature young man, comes from a great family and has all the tools to be successful on and off the course.”
Potter just stepped down as Boise State head coach to pursue other interests in the community. He was replaced by David Trainor.
Knight in 2021 won the B.C. Junior Boys Championships by five strokes at his home course at Morningstar. He followed it up with another impressive result when he finished third at the 119th B.C. Amateur Men’s Golf Championship with a 6-under 282 performance (74-67-70).
The 18-year-old Brentwood College graduate will join a Boise State team that has recently won multiple tournaments in the same season for the first time since 1992-93.
“I look forward to playing for Boise State,” said Knight, who will pursue courses in business or finance. “I had other choices but we went there on a tour and the golf course was really nice. It was really welcoming. A perfect-sized city. The university overrides the city. It’s kind of the main part of the city. It’s a nice community. I hope to improve more of my game when I am there.”