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One stroke victory earns Natasha Kozlowski back-to-back Ladies Simon Fraser titles

Prince George teenager successfully defends trophy on her home golf course
Natasha Kozlowski - Golfer MJT Chilliwack win 2
Natasha Kozlowski is a junior golfer from Prince George, competing on Canada's premier development circuit (via Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour)

A Prince George golfer bounced back in her hometown this past weekend after her efforts on the national stage fell short of expectations.

Natasha Kozlowski had a close match going in the final round of the 2019 Ladies Simon Fraser Open, going toe-to-toe with another recent champion on Sunday (Aug. 11) at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club (PGGCC).

The 17-year-old would hang on for the one-stroke victory after her fellow last-group partner Lindsay MacDermott of Edmonton couldn’t come up with a tying score on 18.

Kozlowski’s two-day score worked out to 155 (+11), shooting 73 (+1) on day one and 82 (+10) on day two, claiming a second straight trophy by beating 63 other golfers.

MacDermott, who won the Ladies Simon Fraser back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, posted a 156 score, going 79 and 77 in her rounds respectively.

Rounding out the top three was Prince George’s Ann Holmes, who finished two strokes back of Kozlowski at 157 (78-79).

This was the 52nd installment of the city’s premier women’s golf championship.

PGGCC will host the Men’s Simon Fraser Open this week on Aug. 17 and 18.

Kozlowski was in Lethbridge, Alta. from July 30 to Aug. 2 competing at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship.

After making the cut, the College Heights Secondary graduate ended up in a five-way tie for 53rd out of 68 of the country’s best that made the weekend at the four-round tournament.

She has two wins on the Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT) this year and currently ranks third in the nation among junior girls in the circuit’s Order of Merit.

Kozlowski will be in Abbotsford this fall at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) to play for the Cascades’ women’s golf team, who won a national championship two years ago.

She plans on working towards a Bachelor of Kinesiology while attending the post-secondary school.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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