Lee pulls Maple Leaf Tour three-peat

Steven Lee of Kelowna claimed his third consecutive Maple Leaf Tour Prodigy Series junior boys title Tuesday at Predator Ridge Golf Resort.

Vernon’s Austin Bosquet finished strong in the Maple Leaf Tour Tuesday at Predator Ridge Golf Resort.

Steven Lee of Kelowna claimed his third consecutive Maple Leaf Tour Prodigy Series junior boys title Tuesday at Predator Ridge Golf Resort.

Lee, 18, opened with a 68 and followed with a 77 Tuesday to hold off 17-year-olds Matthew McEachran-Law of Vernon and Nick Krystal of Port Moody by one stroke.

McEachran Law carded 74-72, while Krystal went 73-73. There was a field of 33 juniors.

“My highlight would be two-putting from a long way down the hill on 18,” said Lee. “The greens were super fast, the pins impossible. Honestly, the win feels surprising considering my back nine.”

Chris McEachran-Law of Vernon, 19, finished in a three-way share of fourth place at 71-76, while Vernon’s Alex Kreutz, 18, counted 80-80 and Bryce McLean of Armstrong, 18, shot 82-81.

Russell Day, 17, produced 83-81, while Brett Hantiuk-Zalapski, 18, garnered 104-92 to round out the Vernon junior entries.

Chris McEachran-Law also won Sundog Eyewear in the Closest-to-the-Pin contest, while Hantiuk-Zalapski and Brandon Chai, 13, of Vernon earned Golf Town Comeback Awards for best second-day improvement. Chai shot 89-79 in the bantam category.

Winner in the juvenile boys division of the Boston Pizza-presented Tour was Adam Veenstra, 15, of Smithers. He finished at 70-73.

“My personal highlight was making eagle on hole 14,” said Veenstra. “The course was in mint condition. I wasn’t really thinking about winning coming down the stretch – my group was great and kept me relaxed. It is my first MJT win so it feels awesome.”

Runner-up in the division was Brandon McManus, 15, of Surrey, who shot 72-77, edging out Devin Kelly, of White Rock (77-73).

Austin Bosquet of Vernon placed fourth at 78-75, while Matthew Kreutz of Vernon shot 82-76 for a three-way split of fifth spot.

Andrew Spalti of Vancouver, who closed with a sizzling 67 after an opening 78, took the bantam boys (14 and under) crown.

“I just made tons of putts,” said Spalti. “It’s a reassurance (to win) and gives me the confidence to keep playing golf.”

Runner-up was first-round leader Kristian Oppenheim, 13, of Kelowna, who shot 74-77. Third place went to Mitchell Thiessen, 14, of Chilliwack,(75-79).

Mac Gourdine, 14, of Vernon went 78-83 for seventh place, while Chai and Dexter Weiten, 13, (88-89) were eighth and ninth, respectively.

Madison Kapchinsky, 19, of Kelowna, racked up her seventh MJT girls win in three years with 71-79 for a three-stroke victory over Julia Dereniwsky.

Meanwhile, Bosquet finished in a three-way share of 12th spot at the B.C. Juvenile Boys Golf Championships at Crown Isle Resort last week in Courtenay.

Bosquet carded a 5-over 72-74-75-221 in a field of 81. Michael LeNoury of Spallumcheen placed 62nd with 82-79-87-248.

Alex Francois of Burnaby claimed the title at 79-69-69-208, seven strokes in front of Diego San Pedro of Richmond and Henry Lee of Coquitlam.

Sumie Francois kept up with her brother by winning the Juvenile Girls’ crown at 69-69-72-220, two shots better than Keanna Mason of Maple Ridge.

Hillview City Junior tourney on tap

Registrations are being accepted for the 23rd annual Hillview City Junior and Club Championships, Monday, Sept. 23.

Tee times start at 10 a.m. for boys and girls 17 and under. There will be nine- and 18-hole stroke play competition.

Members pay $20 for 18 holes, while guests will be charged $30. Register by Sept. 20 in person at the Hillview pro shop. Entry fee includes a meal and prizes.

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