Lakers fell short in Okanagan Valley championship for provincial shot

The Pen High Lakers took third at the Okanagan Valley championship on May 17

Pen High’s golf team finished six shots back of advancing to the B.C. High School provincial championship.

The Kelowna Owls won the Okanagan Valley championship on May 17 with a score of 326, while Vernon was second at 329. The Lakers scored 334. Declan Riddle led the Lakers by carding 76. He was followed by Jackson Coates with 82, Cam Davie 86, Jordell Afonso 90 and Heming Sola at 104.

Lakers coach Robert Gunning said Riddle played well, but the rest of the group felt they left shots on Kelowna’s Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Course.

“It started out pretty wet and the course played tough,” said Gunning. “It is the kind of course where you need to hit the ball on the fairway and we struggled with that. It is disappointing not going to the provincials because we all know that we could have won the tournament and qualified, but that is the way it goes sometimes.”

Heading into the championship the team played consistent golf, especially in the South Zone championships, and Gunning felt if they maintained that play they would have been able to return to the provincial championship.