Kendra Jones-Munk

Kendra Jones-Munk

Cooper conquers Hillview

Braeden Cooper is 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds. His average drive is 230 yards.

Braeden Cooper is 5-foot-2 and 95 pounds. His average drive is 230 yards.

The soft-spoken six-handicap used a silky, smooth swing and a solid putting stroke to claim the 24th Hillview Golf City Junior and Club Championship Monday.

There was a field of 51 golfers aged seven to 17.

Cooper, who turns 14 in October, defeated Mac Gourdine on the fourth playoff hole to take the city trophy and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Both players shot 2-over 58 before heading to the par-3 first hole for the extra holes.

“I made a 12-foot (birdie) right to left putt and Mac two-putted from about 30 feet,” said Cooper, a Grade 9 VSS student who has won his age group in past Hillview tournaments.

Cooper and Gourdine both posted 29-29 with Cooper earning birdies on the 10th and 15th holes.

“I putted pretty good,” said Cooper, who gave up hockey and soccer to focus on the links three years ago. “I made a couple of long ones and I hit most of the greens.”

A big fan of PGA phenom Ricky Fowler, Cooper usually plays with buddies Dexter Weiten, Anthony Prince and Taylor Scott. Weiten beat Cooper in a playoff to take the 12-13-year-old flight last year after they both shot 68.

Cooper’s long term goal is to secure a college golf scholarship somewhere in North America.

The Hillview club championship went to Gourdine.

Matt Kreutz ruled the 14-17 age flight with his score of 60, beating Nick Friesen by retrogression.  Weiten is the Hillview club champion for the same age group with a 63. Kreutz and Weiten both pocketed a dozen Titleist Pro-V1 balls.

In the 12-13 age flight, Colton Schaper-Kotter carded a 70 to win the city title, while Elias Wery was the Hillview club champ with 76. Adam Raber took the runner-up spot with a 79 through retrogression

The 11 & Under flight was won by Ryan Vest, who was the youngest in the category at age eight. He carded a 69. Vest, who recently played in the World Kids Golf Championship Eight and Under category in North Carolina, collected a remote control Lamborghini.

Nick Noren captured the Hillview club crown for the same division with an 82 and Austin Roest was the runner-up by retrogression.

Jason Johnson took home the nine-hole division with a 43, while Kendra Jones-Munk, 12, was overall girls champion with a 76. Jones-Munk took home an iPod Shuffle.

“Thank you all of our volunteers and our junior co-ordinatiors Betty Murray and Judy Wakefield for their tireless efforts,” said Jon Atmore of Hillview. “Hillview would like to give special thanks to Cyril Foster for his generous donation to the 2014 Junior Championship.”

Tyler Pitt, who went on to play NCAA golf in San Francisco, took the tourney three times in the 1990s, while Jarret McNeal, the 2012 club champion at Spallumcheen, won back-to-back titles in 2004-05.

Brady Stead, a top provincial junior, captured the 2009-10 Hillview trophies. Jake Horsley won the first two tournaments in 1988-89.

 

PGA Tour regular Chris Baryla was runner-up a few times while winning several age group prizes.