Hillview City Junior Golf Championships winner Braeden Cooper surveys a putt Tuesday.

Hillview City Junior Golf Championships winner Braeden Cooper surveys a putt Tuesday.

Cooper primed for Florida tourney

Perhaps only a surprise visit from Jordan Spieth or Jason Day could sweeten Braeden Cooper’s fantasy-like golf season.

Perhaps only a surprise visit from Jordan Spieth or Jason Day could sweeten Braeden Cooper’s fantasy-like golf season.

Everything else is turning up birdies and bouquets for the Vernon teenager.

Cooper claimed a second straight title in the rain-soaked 25th City Junior and Club Championships Tuesday at Hillview Golf Course. There was a field of 39.

The Grade 10 VSS student also receivednotice from the Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT) he has qualified for the Boston Pizza National Championship at the fabulous Reunion Golf Resort, Nov. 6-8, in Kissimmee, Fla.

Cooper made the MJT Cleveland Golf Order of Merit with the lowest scoring average in the nation for his age group.

“I’ve been to Florida, but never golfed there,” said Cooper, who turns 15 next month. “I researched the resort and the courses (three) are named after famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson so  it should be pretty nice.”

The Reunion Resort & Club, has hosted many championship events in their history such as the Ginn Open (LPGA Tour), NCAA Big East Championship, AJGA Polo Junior Golf Championship and the Annika Invitational (AJGA).

Cooper, who will be accompanied by his father, Roy, will attend a welcome question-and-answer reception featuring Walt Williams (head golf Coach at LeTourneau University) and Jake Harrington (University Of Arkansas – Little Rock) where college golf will be the main topic.

Players get one practice round on the Watson Course and two tournament rounds. There will also be a skills contest.

Cooper, who is in the Vernon Junior this weekend, captured the Bantam Boys division at the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s Odlum Brown Classic PGA of B.C. Junior Championships by seven shots at Surrey’s Northview Golf and Country Club in July.

Cooper defended his Hillview crown by carding a 1-over 57 to edge Mac Gourdine by two strokes. Cooper went 29 on the front nine and 28 on the back.

He recorded bogeys on the fourth, sixth and seventh holes, while scoring birdies on No. 1 and No. 10.

“It was really windy and wet and I only made eight greens in regulation,” he said. “My chipping was saving me; I had a lot of putts from five feet.”

Cooper figured he and Gourdine had a good chance to win Tuesday.

“I’m really happy winning two years in a row and I’m excited to go for three in a row next year because nobody has ever done that.”

Cooper received the city trophy from Hillview owner Jim Atmore and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

The Hillview club champion for the second year in a row was Gourdine, who claimed an Android Tablet.

Elias Wery received the title of city champion for the flight age 14-17 with his score of 64.

Dexter Weiten won his Hillview age group (14-17) with a 66, while Jaden Steinke took the runner-up spot with a 67 through retrogression

In the 12-13 age flight, Austin Armanini posted a 74 to win city honours.

Adam Young was the Hillview club champ for the 12-13 age group with 78.  Ronac Chauhan was the runner-up scoring 84.

The 11 & Under flight was another repeat won by nine-year-old sensation Ryan Vest, improving his last year’s score by one with a 68.

William Lockwood pocketed the Hillview division with a 72 and his brother Max Lockwood was the runner-up with 75.

Kassidy Schaper-Kotter took home the nine-hole division with a 46.

Kendra Jones-Munk, 13, was once again the winner of the overall girls champion title with a score of 75.

Hillview general manager Jon Atmore gave special thanks to “all of our volunteers and especially our junior organizers, Betty Murray and Judy Wakefield, who have given a tremendous amount of time and effort to the kids program.

“Hillview would like to give special thanks to Cyril Foster for his generous donation to the 2015 Junior Championship.”



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