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August 14th, 2014 – Chilliwack, British Columbia (VIGolf.ca) – Andrew Spalti, 14, led through two rounds of competition to claim the title shooting 69 both days finishing 2-under par (138), his second round (-1) was highlighted by five birdies, helping him to hold on to the lead at the Meadowlands Golf club in Chilliwack.
This was Spalti’s first year playing in the BC Bantam Boys’ Championship and his final year of eligibility.
“It feels good. Early in the front nine I though I lost [the lead] and all my group members started making birdies and were coming in strong to the back but I managed to fight back. I bogeyed the last one but luckily I still locked in the lead,” Spalti said relieved.
“It didn’t help with all the people watching but I tried my best not to notice them and I guess it worked.”
Spalti explained that his putting was one of the strongest points of his game and definitely was the biggest contributor to helping him secure the win.
Earlier this summer, the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club member missed the cut at the Junior Boys’ Championship, but showing impressive self-command rebounded to win the Bantam title. Spalti withdrew from the Juvenile Championship next week but is planning to return to provincial championships next summer.
Khan Lee played a bogey-free second round making a strong push for the title finishing -2 on Friday. Lee, 14, finished second with 139 (-1).
Callum Davison finished with the day’s low score -3 to help move him into a tie for third with Daniel Sun, who shot -2 on Friday. The pair finished even for the Championship.