A pair of 17-year-old Vernon juniors went to a sudden-death playoff in the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Ford Series stop in Kelowna.
Austin Bosquet drained a brilliant 20-foot sliding putt on the first playoff hole Wednesday for victory over Matthew Kreutz in the Junior Boys 17-19 category.
The two tied for the low overall individual lead at 4-under 140 with Bosquet shooting 71-69 and Kreutz carding 68-72 in scoching 40-degree heat.
“The win feels very good, it’s a huge relief,” said Bosquet.
Third place in the division went to Lionel Taylor, 18, of Kelowna, who carded a 1-under 70-73-143.
A team from Two Eagles Golf Club in Kelowna (Kristian Oppenheim, Tanner Marshall and Nik Federko) took down Penticton Golf Club’s team (Kurtis Fontinha, Zach Gardner and Haley Hewer) by one shot in the Interclub, earning a $500 donation towards the junior program at their facility.
Another first-time division winner, Connor Atkinson, 15, of Bow, Wash., won the Juvenile Boys 15-16 title with 70-74-144.
Four strokes back in second place was Mac Gourdine, 15, of Vernon (73-75-148). Kelowna’s Brandon Whistle, 16, was third at 71-78-149. The Tour stops Aug. 11-12 at Predator Ridge.
Meanwhile, Vernon eight-year-old Ryan Vest carded a 6-over 42 Thursday morning at the U.S. Kids World Championships in Pinehurst, N.C.
Vest, who has his father, Jeff, carrying his bag, heads into second-round play today in a five-way share of 37th place. Ryan played the Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club course Thursday.
Jay Leng Jr. of California was the first-round leader at 34. Justin Brjornson of Winnipeg shot 37 for a three-way share of fifth spot. The third and final round goes Saturday.
Vest will head back to the U.S. for the Seaview Open Aug. 30-31, at Seaview Golf Resort in Galloway, N.J.