Brother-sister combo win provincial titles at Crown Isle

Burnaby siblings Alex and Sumie Francois each won a provincial juvenile golf championship Thursday after three rounds of play at Crown Isle.

Courtenay's Abigail Rigsby was sixth in the girls division at the provincial juvenile golf championships at Crown Isle.

Burnaby siblings Alex and Sumie Francois each won a provincial juvenile golf championship Thursday after three rounds of play at Crown Isle.

Alex, 15, started the day one stroke ahead of Vancouver’s Trevor Yu, 16.

He carded three bogeys and two birdies on the first 14 holes then eagled the par-5 15th, essentially locking up the Gerry Walker Memorial trophy with three great strokes.

Alex finished the tournament with a three-round 208, -8 total (70-69-69),   seven strokes ahead of Richmond golfer Diego San Pedro, 15, and defending champion Henry Lee, 15, of Coquitlam. The latter shot a tournament best second round 68 but finished with a 2-over-par 74 Thursday.

Francois and San Pedro, who earlier in the year teamed to win the PGA of BC Club Pro-Junior, captured the club team trophy as representatives of Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.

Yu, who kicked off the final round with a pair of birdies, finished in a tie for fourth at 216 with 15-year-old Sy Lovan of Surrey. Callum Davison of Duncan (73-73-71-217) and Tristan Mandur of Mill Bay (73-72-72-217) tied for sixth.

Courtenay’s Logan Yanick finished in a tie for 15th, firing rounds of 77-70-76-223. Fellow Courtenay golfer Matthew Irvine — who started the tournament with six birdies in the opening round — was 31st with 72-75-84-231. Tyson Slater tied for 50th (80-78-82-240). All three are members of Crown Isle.

In the girls division, 13-year-old Sumie Francois was deadlocked in a tight battle with Team Canada Development Squad member Naomi Ko, 15, of Victoria. Sumie started the final round behind Shirin Anjarwalla, 13, of Nanaimo but quickly closed the gap after a difficult start by the second-round leader.

Sumie and Ko engaged in a ping-pong match Thursday with both trading or tying for the lead. At the par-3 12th, Sumie swung into a three-stroke lead with a birdie after Ko bogeyed the hole. Her 54-hole total of 69-79-72-220 (+4) gave her a two-stroke margin of victory over Ko, who posted rounds of 77-73-72-222.

Ko and 16-year-old Keanna Mason of Maple Ridge tied for second. Mason, who hadn’t broke 40 on the front nine all week, shot a respectable 1-over-par 37 to begin the final round. She broke par on the back nine for the second day-in-a-row with a 2-under 34. Her final round 71 was the lowest score Thursday in the girls’ division along with 15-year-old Alisha Lau of Richmond.

Anjarwalla was fourth (76-71-76-223) and Lau fifth (78-76-71-225).

Courtenay’s Abigail Rigsby, 14, placed sixth with scores of 75-78-74 for a 227 total. Fellow Crown Isle member McKenna Fox of Courtenay was 12th, firing 84 each day for a 252 total. Megan Ratcliffe of Bowser finished in 14th position (84-86-86-256).

The Francois siblings are just one of two brother-sister combinations to win the same event in recent history. Andy and Jennifer Yang won the junior masters in 2007.

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