By Gary Ahuja - Langley Times
Published: May 31, 2013, 10:00 AM
Updated: June 04, 2013 9:13 AM
At the start of the season, the Walnut Grove Gators set out a goal of qualifying for the B.C. provincial high school championships. And the team of five golfers achieved that goal.
The Gators show a combined 620 over the two-day championships which were held at Courtney's Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community on May 28 and 29. They finished five strokes back of the winners, the St. Georges Saints. Even more impressive for Walnut Grove was the fact the team did not even win either the Upper Fraser Valley or Fraser Valley championship, finishing runner-up both times.
"Their focus was to qualify for the provincials," said Walnut Grove coach Dana Ferguson.
"But once we got there, we figured we had a good chance to place well.
"The boys were disappointed that we didn't win."
The Gators were three shots back and in third place after the opening day before moving up to the second spot.
"It was a very good result, but when you are that close, the boys were disappointed they couldn't find those extra strokes to win," Ferguson said.
Leading the way for the team of five golfers was James Kim, who shot a combined 6-over par 150 for the 36 holes. The Grade 9 golfer's result was good enough to tie him for sixth place. Only one golfer finished below par. The rest of the Walnut Grove team is made up of Tony Ko and Ryan Janes — who are both in Grade 12 — Grade 11 golfer Trevor Whiton and Grade 8 golfer Jae Wook Lee. All five are members of the Redwoods Junior Golf program.