Jamie Oleksiew gave a couple strokes back to the field but was still able to hold off a charging Alix Kong to claim the B.C. junior girls’ amateur golf championship.
The four-day event wrapped up on Friday and was played at Langley’s Belmont Golf Course.
Oleksiew, an 18-year-old from Surrey (her home club is Hazelmere Golf Club) and member of the University of Colorado women’s golf team, had built a sizable eight-stroke lead over the first 54 holes. She shot a final round 3-over par 74 to finish at 280 (71-69-66-74) to win by two strokes against Kong, a 16-year-old from West Vancouver.
“I am pretty happy overall because this is the first tournament that I have finished under par and the first time I have won anything with BC Golf,” Oleksiew said.
“I am pretty proud of myself and I shot a course record (Thursday’s third round) which I have never done before.”
Kathy Lim was the top Langley golfer, finishing in eighth spot, while two other locals also made the 54-hole cut and placed in the top 20. Winnie Hyun was 14th and Gloria Usu Choo was tied for 18th.
Altogether, 54 golfers teed off at the start with 35 making the cut.
A pair of Langley golfers also cracked the top 25 at the B.C. junior boys’ championship, which was held last week at the Revelstoke Golf Club.
Tony Ko was tied for 17th while Jae Wook Lee was tied for 22nd.
James Kim was 32nd and Simon Blaker was tied for 46th.
One hundred and 53 golfers teed off and 72 made the 36-hole cut.