Paced by John Mlikotic’s tournament-best score of 143, the Immaculata Mustangs are the B.C. high school A golf champions for the second straight year.
Earlier this week at Northview in Surrey, the Mustangs overcame a two-stroke deficit after the opening to finish the two-round event with a 601 total, five strokes better than West Point Grey Academy.
Individual champion Milkotic (71-72) is joined on the winning team by Colin Hasick (72-76),
Steven Lee (74-77), Jimmy Bobyn (81-79) and Michael Lee (80-84). James Casorso was the alternate.
Head coach Christa Keuber said the Mustangs’ experience and leadership showed when it counted most.
“We had three returning guys from last year’s team and their experience really came through,” said Kueber, in her 12th season as the Immaculata coach. “Even when we we down by a couple of strokes after the first round, they stayed relaxed. We beat AAA teams all season, so the guys knew if they played their game, this could be their tournament. Two years in a row is really a nice accomplishment.”
Kueber said part of the Mustangs success is each and every player’s keen attitude and love of the game. All six are members of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club.
The latest provincial victory is yet another example of the strong tradition of success in athletics at Immaculata. The girls basketball and girls soccer teams are past B.C. championship winners.
“Academics is definitely a strong point for our school and students, but we think the lessons learned and teamwork through athletics is important, too,” Kueber added. “It’s nice to see the guys on our golf team enjoy that kind of success.”
Mlikotic, Hasick and Bobyn will graduate from the program, while both Lees and Casorso will be back next season to help defend Immaculata’s title.
Bears 7th at AAA
The Mt. Boucherie Bears placed seventh overall at the B.C. AAA boys championship at The Dunes in Kamloops.
Boucherie posted a two-day team score of 623 on Monday and Tuesday. The runaway champion was Gleneagle with a 583 total.
Brett Moore posted the best individual score among Bears players at 149.
The rest of the Bears were: Adam Park, Kyle Flint, Brendan Schultz and Jared Wasden.
The coach is Gord McGarva.