Vernon’s Barrie soaks in B.C. amateur golf experience

Vernon's Mackenzie Barries makes impressive debut at B.C. Women's Amateur Golf Championships at Christina Lake.

At just 16 years old, Vernon’s Mackenzie Barrie is showing she can already swing with the big girls.

Having broken the 80 barrier for the first time only two weeks ago, Barrie, a member of the Vernon Golf and Country Club, repeated the feat in three of the four rounds at the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championships, which ended Friday at the Christina Lake Golf Club.

After carding 76-79-77 to start the event, she stumbled to an 84 in the last round to finish in a tie for 32nd at 316 (28-over). When B.C. Golf accidentally credited Barrie with a 75 on her final round, the classy teen made a point of notifying the Morning Star of the error.

“Overall it was a very successful tournament for me and it was a great experience playing against girls of such calibre, and knowing that I can now keep up,” she said. “Only breaking 80 two weeks ago, I am very happy that I was able to do it three days in a row, but unfortunately did not finish as strong as I would have liked.”

Richmond’s Christina Wong won the women’s title, going 14-under (70-69-65-70-274) to finish four strokes ahead of runner-up Soo-Bin Kim of Port Coquitlam (70-70-71-67-278).

Kelowna’s Megan Osland finished at 7-under (72-73-66-70-281) to rank third.

Barrie’s hectic summer tournament schedule continues this week as she heads to Osoyoos for the B.C. Junior Girls Championships, which start Tuesday. After that, she has the B.C. Summer Games, July 19-22, at Hazelmere in Surrey, and the B.C. Juvenile, Aug. 21-23, in Princeton.

In Junior boys action, there will be four Vernon-area entrants in provincials starting Tuesday at Roberts Creek’s  Sunshine Coast Golf and Country Club.

The list includes Vernon’s Brady Stead and the Coldstream trio of Austin Bosquet and brothers Matt and Chris McEachran-Law.