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Golfers get into swing of things

Follow-through swing makes all the difference for Kevin Wang of Shawnigan Lake School during the Vancouver Island A and AA high school golf championships at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, hosted by Shawnigan Lake School. - Andrew Leong
Follow-through swing makes all the difference for Kevin Wang of Shawnigan Lake School during the Vancouver Island A and AA high school golf championships at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, hosted by Shawnigan Lake School.
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It’s hard to imagine shooting a 73 is something of an “off-day’’ for Shawnigan Lake School’s Tristan Mandur.

The Grade 9 golfing phenom had a day most players can only dream about, but it’s actually above the blistering standard he’s been setting at various tournaments around the island.

“He’s just unbelievable,’’ said David Hyde-Lay, who coordinates the Shawnigan golf team and also serves as the commissioner for A and AA golf that featured Island high school playoffs at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club where Mandur shot his 73.

That was good enough to lead Shawnigan to second place in the AA standings behind champion Kwalikum and secured a berth in the provincials. Ladysmith finished third.

Kwalikum is serving as host of the AA provincials at Pheasant Glen starting Monday, leaving two other berths into the event for Shawnigan and Ladysmith.

“We sort of won that mini-competition,’’ said Hyde-Lay, who was still a bit disappointed by the team’s 329 total compared to 308 for Kwalikum.

The top four scores of the five-member teams are counted.

Aaron Ng shot a 78 for the second best result on the Shawnigan team that also included Kyle Anderson, captain Kevin Wang and Connor Powell.

Mandur recently had rounds of 68 and a ridiculous 63 during a Qualicum tournament and also shot a one-under 71 during a round at Gorge Vale from the back tees so you know Arbutus was playing tough when he carded his 73.

Hyde-Lay said the course was in immaculate shape, but difficult pin placements provided players with a huge challenge.

He credited Greg Pidlaski, head of instruction at Arbutus, for his great work with Shawnigan’s team.

“I administrate it and oversee it,’’ said Hyde-Lay. “We have the tremendous fortune of working with the professional staff at Arbutus Ridge.’’

St. Andrew’s of Victoria won the A tournament, but has elected not to attend the provincials at Osoyoos, giving the spot to runner-up Chemainus Secondary.

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