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Belle beaten by teen in B.C. Amateur playoff
Burnaby’s Michael Belle had a B.C. Amateur Golf Championship in his grasp before losing a five-hole playoff to Jordan Lu, 17, of Vancouver on Friday.
Belle led for much of the tournament at the Seymour Golf and Country Club in North Vancouver. He had a three-shot lead after 11 holes in the final round. He even went into the 72nd hole of the four-round tournament with a one-stroke lead but Lu, who started the day four strokes behind Belle, made a birdie to force a sudden death playdown.
“It was tough coming down the stretch. My nerves got the best of me coming down 15, 16, 17, 18. But other than that I was pretty happy with the way I played,” Belle told Dan Russell on his Sportstalk Sunday Golf show on CISL. “The last (playoff) hole I had a 12-footer to win and ended up three-putting to lose. It was a tough way to lose, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
“You try to put that tough 12-foot putt out of your mind, but I didn’t and I ended up missing that three-foot putt (for par) in the end.”
Belle, who just finished his senior season playing for the Simon Fraser University men’s golf team, shot an even-par 284 (69-71-71-73).
Alex Francois, 16, of Burnaby finished tied for fourth just two strokes back of Belle and Lu. Francois and Roy Kang, 15, beat out 64 teams to win the best-ball competition with a combined 19-under 265.
Both Belle and Francois recorded hole-in-ones on the first day of play last Tuesday.