The Kwalikum Secondary School golf team will enjoy home-field advantage this year when they defend their provincial championship.
Coach Butch Gayton recently received news that KSS and Qualicum Beach will be hosting the 2014 AA High School Provincials at Pheasant Glen Golf Course.
“We were slated to host it in 2016 but we’re more than happy to do it this year,” Gayton said. “I’m anxious to show off Qualicum Beach and Pheasant Glen for those who will be attending. I’m excited for the team as well. We’ve got four Grade 12s on the team and it’s going to be a great way to send them off.”
For Santiago Bourya, Cole Morrison and Scott Lemon, all in Grade 12, this is another chance to show their talent before heading south to continue their path towards a golf career in university. Lemon has already committed, while Bourya and Morrison are still weighing their options.
“I’m really excited about going down to play in Florida at Bethune–Cookman,” Lemon said. “It’s the biggest moment of my life so far and one of the most exciting things I’ve ever accomplished. We’re all really excited about having the chance to host the provincials this year and hopefully we can get some good support out to help us with the home field advantage.”
The focus for the team seems to be on repeating as provincial champions. With the majority of their roster in place from last year’s winning team, there’s a good chance that they could do it again.
“It’s exciting. Being the senior year and hosting the provincials, it’s really going to be an amazing opportunity,” said Bourya, who is from Mexico. “We had a good team last year and a lot of us are here again this year, with more experience so it’s going to be fun.”
With the provincials being played out at Pheasant Glen, the team will have an advantage, having practiced and played at the course frequently. For Morrison, the advantage goes above and beyond that. His father, Brent Morrison, runs the Brent Morrison Golf Academy at Pheasant Glen.
“It’s gonna be a lot of fun,” said Morrison. “I’m really familiar with the course and grew up playing on it, so I think we’ll have a good shot there. My best on the course was a six-under round of 66, so I’m really pumped about being able to have the shot to repeat on that course.”
The provincials take place May 26 to 28, with practice on Monday and the action starting Tuesday. The KSS team will take part in at least four tournaments before then.