Royalwood hosting year-end tournaments

The final provincial golf championship of 2014 tees off Tuesday at Chilliwack's Royalwood Golf Course.

BC Golf’s 2014 Girls’ and Boys’ Juvenile Championships will be contested August 26–28 at Chilliwack’s Royalwood Golf Course.

The province’s finest 16-and-under golfers will tackle 54 holes, trying to dethrone the defending champs.

The brother and sister duo of Alex and Sumie Francois return to defend their crowns. If successful, they’ll become the first repeat winners in tournament history.

Alex ran away with last year’s title, finishing seven strokes ahead of the field with rounds of 70-69-68 at Courtenay’s Crown Isle Golf Club.

2014 BC Games gold medalist, Sy Lovan, will look to improve on last year’s fourth place finish in his final year of eligibility.

Last year’s bantam champion, 15 year old Roy Kang, is another one to watch after a successful 2014 campaign that included a sixth place finish at the British Columbia Amateur.

The boys compete in 54 holes of stroke-play with a cut to 60 and ties after 36 holes.

A number of familiar names will challenge Sumie for the girls title.

2014 BC Junior Girls’ champion, Naomi Ko finished in a tie for second at the 2013 Juvenile Girls’ Championship and has had a strong, title-earning season.

Shirin Anjarwalla, who recently won a gold medal, is another name to watch. Anjarwalla led for a portion of last year’s competition but a tough third round (76) saw her slip to fourth.

The girls will compete in 54 holes of stroke-play competition with no cut, unless the field size warrants.

A zone team competition will be held for both boys and girls with four-person teams selected prior to the beginning of competition. The low three of four scores each day count towards the team score. The competition is conducted over 36 holes.

Both the boys and girls will also compete in the best-ball competition. Players may select a partner from the field prior to the start of play on day one and compete through 54 holes.