When you've set a new course record on your third go-round, the only thing left to do is lock up the overall title.
Port Coquitlam's Anica Yoo did just that Friday, posting a four-under par 68 to capture the B.C. Junior Girls Golf championship crown last week in Osoyoos.
The 18-year-old Yoo carded four birdies over five holes midway through Friday's final round at the Osoyoos Golf and Country Club to pull away from her fellow Team Canada development squad teammate Taylor Kim.
Her four-day total of 277 (74-70-65-68) put her four strokes ahead of Kim.
"I struggled a bit in the beginning of today's round, " Yoo said on Friday. "I was able to make birdie then bogey, birdie then bogey. It wasn't until the eighth hole that I got my round going."
That's when the University of Oregon athlete put together a stretch of birdies, picking up shots on a series of par fours - including the 350-yard ninth hole, considered to be the most difficult on the course.
She finished the tournament with five straight pars.
A day earlier, the Terry Fox alumna had set a new course record with a seven-under 65, breaking Kim's 66 on the opening day.
That put the two in a tie for first entering the final round. The lead changed hands a couple of times over the first six holes, with Kim taking the lead after back-to-back birdies on the fifth and sixth holes.
Then Yoo got hot.
"I was actually really nervous and scared [entering the final round]," said Yoo. "My coach phoned and wished me a good round and said if I played to my targets, hit my yardages and stayed committed I would have a good round. I guess he was right."
For Yoo, the victory was another strong result for someone who has spent the past year challenging for tourney titles on the provincial, national and international golf stage.
"I have wanted this so bad since I was 13 years old," she said. "I have won the bantam and juvenile but never won the junior. To do this in my last year [of eligibility] is amazing. This feels amazing."EE
Yoo topped the B.C. girls bantam championships in 2006 and the juvenile championship in 2010.
EBoth Kim and Yoo will now represent B.C., along with Coquitlam's Jisoo Keel, at the Royale Cup junior girls championships from July 31 to Aug. 3 in Calgary.
Finishing in a tie for eighth place was Port Moody's Ally Shin, after a four-round total of 299. Tied for 16th was Avril Li, also of Port Moody, with a final total of 315.
* Coquitlam's Kevin Ko demonstrated plenty of fight en route to finishing second at last week's B.C. Junior Boys Golf championship in Roberts Creek.
Ko, 16, had led after the first day but saw a crowd form around him over the next two rounds.
On the fourth and final day, he settled down into a confident groove with four birdies on the first 11 holes. He posted a tough bogey on the 10th hole, then struck back with birdies on 11 and 13 to get to five-under overall. A pair of bogeys on the 14th and 17th holes left him at three-under and 285 (68-72-75-70), two shots back of Matthew Broughton of Victoria.
It was a well-deserved victory for Broughton, who remained fairly steady all week with rounds of 72, 72, 68 and 70. With Ko firing hot on the final day, there was plenty of concern from the frontrunner. When did he know he had the title?
"When I holed out on 18," said Broughton. "You never know what anyone is doing in front of you and Ko played really well, so it was when I tapped in on 18 I knew I had it."
In a tie for sixth was Coquitlam's Henry Lee with 290 (71-71-72-76), while Jun Kang was 19th after shooting 298 (76-76-74-72).
Ko, who earned a spot with Broughton and Chris Crislogo on Team B.C., will now compete at the boys junior national championships in Nova Scotia from July 31 to Aug. 3.
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