Young golfers compete in B.C. championships

Irvine leads locals at juvenile boys tourney in Princeton

Comox Valley’s young golfers continue to compete at  prestigious tournaments around B.C.

This week (Aug. 27-28), Abigail Rigsby of Courtenay was in action at the 36-hole B.C. Bantam Girls Championship at Merritt Golf and Country Club.

The Crown Isle golfer was one of three Vancouver Island entries in the 15-player field. Results (unavailable at press time) are at

“Showcasing the up-and-coming golf talent 14 years and younger, the provincial bantam girls championship (held in conjunction with the bantam boys championship) acts as a springboard for competitive level golfers to gain important tournament exposure before they reach the junior ranks,” a BCGA spokesperson noted.

Meanwhile, five local golfers were in action last week (Aug. 21-23) at the B.C. Juvenile Boys Championships in Princeton.

Matthew Irvine was the top local finisher, with his 20-over 236 (80-74-82) earning him part of a three-way tie for 27th. Tyson Slater was part of a six-way tie for 50th at 29-over 245 (83-80-82).

Spencer McDougall finished in a two-way tie for 56th with a 31-over 247 (82-82-83).

Not making the cut were Nick Crookall and Dylan Slater.

Henry Lee of Coquitlam went wire-to-wire to win the event with a three-under 213 (68-71-74). He was the only golfer to finish under par at the par-72, 6,506-yard course. Trevor Yu of Vancouver and Jake Scarrow of Dewdney tied for second at even-par 216.