South Okanagan high school golf rebuilding

High school golf in the South Okanagan is in a re-building year this season.

RACHELLE NIELSEN of Summerland Secondary School blasts a shot out of the sand trap during action in the South Zone High School Golf League tournament at the Penticton Golf and Country Club April 2. Teams from throughout the Valley took part in the competition. Complete results were not available from that event

RACHELLE NIELSEN of Summerland Secondary School blasts a shot out of the sand trap during action in the South Zone High School Golf League tournament at the Penticton Golf and Country Club April 2. Teams from throughout the Valley took part in the competition. Complete results were not available from that event

High school golf in the South Okanagan is in a re-building year this season.

That is what John Seminoff, coach of the South Okanagan Secondary School Hornets and co-ordinator of the South Zone High School Golf League, said Tuesday afternoon in an email.

“Most of the teams are fielding younger teams so the players have not been playing as long and their level of play is still improving,” said Seminoff.

Results aren’t available from the first event held at the Penticton Golf and Country Club last week, but Pen High came out on top in a tournament held in Summerland on Monday. The Lakers, the lone AAA school in the league, finished with a 345 score, while SOSS was second at 370 and Summerland Secondary School was third at 378. Princeton won the A event. Seminoff added that over the past few seasons the level of golf has been generally quite high.

“Last year Osoyoos finished second at the provincial invitational tournament,” he said. “The previous year saw Osoyoos finish third at the A provincials while Osoyoos placed in the top 10 at the AA provincials.”

Seminoff said the main goal for the league is to provide players with an opportunity to improve their overall ability while at the same time playing in a structured environment.

“It is a great chance for players to compete against their peers and experience some pressure,” he said. “It is amazing how a little pressure can really impact a players game.”

While the Lakers are the lone AAA school, SOSS, Summerland and Princess Margaret are AA school. Osoyoos and Keremeos are A schools.

The next three tournaments are scheduled for Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Course, Osoyoos and Princeton.