Nearly 150 of B.C.’s best junior golfers made the trek to Vancouver Island last week for the provincial championships, including two from Prince George.
Natasha Kozlowski and Cody Bailey had their ups and downs at Fairwinds Golf and Country Club (Par 71) in Nanoose Bay, but they both finished in the top 25 of their respective divisions, while also out-pacing at least half the pack.
The B.C. Junior Golf Championship is a four-day competition.
Kozlowski, who currently sits in a tie for fourth among nationally-ranked junior female golfers, finished 15th out of 33 girls by shooting a 330 score (+46).
After an impressive first-round 78, which included three birdies, the 17-year-old continued with consistent play by recording an 84 in each of the remaining three rounds.
Her final score was 32 strokes back of first place, which was claimed by Vancouver’s Angela Zhang (+14).
Kozlowski has two victories under her belt this season on the Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT).
On the men’s side, Cody Bailey stayed in the 70s during the week.
The 18-year-old graduate of Prince George Secondary (PGSS) ended in a tie for 21st in a field of over 110 boys in contention with a four-day total score of 303 (+19).
He had 10 birdies in the tournament, shooting rounds of 75, 72, 79, and 77 and finishing 20 strokes back of first place.
Richmond’s Brycen Ko shot a 283 total score (-1) to claim the provincial title.
Bailey is the reigning three-peat champion of Prince George’s Junior Simon Fraser Open and will be in the field next month for the Men’s Simon Fraser Open, Aug. 17 to 18.