Kreutz. Barrie second on Tour

Vernon golfers pocketed silver medals on the Maple Leaf Golf Tour.

  • Jul. 28, 2013 12:00 p.m.

Morning Star Staff

Steven Lee blitzed The Harvest golf course in Kelowna with an incredible 10-under-par total score during the two-day Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s MJT Ford Series which finushed Wednesday.

The tournament was also a qualifier for the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Holiday Classic at Barton Creek in Austin, Texas, this December.

In addition to competing for gold medals in four divisions, players had the opportunity to showcase their local club and compete through a net score component in a MJT Interclub Competition, where this year’s winners were the Kelowna Golf Club team of Davide Kaiser, Philipp Kaiser, Lee and Casey Sullivan, who receive free entries into the MJT Prodigy Series Aug. 26-27, at Predator Ridge.

Lee, 18, claimed the Low Overall and Junior Boys 17-19 gold medal with his outstanding scores of 68-66 (134) and cited his highlight as “walking off number 18 at minus 10 and being greeted by the boys.”

He added, “It feels great. I medalled in every MJT I have entered but was never able to win. I just want to keep a solid summer going and hopefully sign with a university this fall.”

Kelowna players claimed the top three spots in the division with the silver medal going to Lionel Taylor, 17, (72-74-146) and the bronze to Sullivan, 17, (73-74-147).

Christopher Ballesteros, 14, of Burnaby, BC, playing up a division, won the Juvenile Boys 15-16 gold medal with excellent scores of 73-70 (143).

Finishing tied for second place at 151 were Matthew Kreutz, 16, of Vernon (78-73) and Adam Veenstra, 15, of Smithers (78-74).

In the MJT Girls Division, Madison Kapchinsky, 18, of Kelowna, shot 76-74 (150) to hold on to a three-shot victory over Mackenzie Barrie, 17, of Vernon.

Barrie shot 76-77 (153) and claimed the silver medal while Jessica Claggett, 18, of Kelowna, shot 76-78 (154) to round out the top three.

Matthew McEachran-Law of Vernon won the 17-19 Mr. Lube Long Drive Competition, while Emery Bardock of Armstrong took LD in the girls’ division.