MJT at Predator Ridge

Jeremy Laverdiere, Kendra Jones-Munk and Ryan Vest hold their awards after a Maple Leaf Junior Tour stop at Predator Ridge in this collection of three photos.

Vernon's Ryan Vest pushed through to win the Maple Leaf Junior Tour's PLYR Golf event at Predator Ridge this week.

Vest, 13, made nine birdies on his way to shooting 70-69–139 on his home course in the bantam boys group.

“I hit a lot of approach shots close to the hole which allowed me to make those birdies,” he said.

A field of 83 players from all over Western Canada gathered at Predator to compete for titles in seven divisions as well as spots on Team West at the MJT National Team Challenge at Royal Niagara Golf Club later this summer.

Kelowna's Jeremy Laverdiere, 16, fired scores of 69-76–145 to finish two shots back of West Vancouver's Tony Bin in the juvenile boys division.

Summerland's Declan Riddle held onto a five-shot lead after the first day to capture the junior boys title. The 18-year-old Predator Ridge golfer shot 72-69–141 to win his first MJT tournament.

“I felt very energetic walking off with a great round today,” said Riddle. “To shoot in the 60s and win this tournament felt great.”

The MJT collegiate division was won by Penticton player Jackson Coates, 19, with a 75-75–150.

In both rounds, Coates came in with better back nine scores after slower starts.

“The highlight of the tournament was the people I was playing with, which made it so much more enjoyable,” said Coates. “Hopefully more collegiate golfers will come to compete on the junior tour because MJT runs a very smooth, fun, and well-prepared tournament with great staff.”

Winning the girls 15-18 title by one shot with scores of 83-75–158 was Prince George star Natasha Kozlowski.

Kozlowski, who struggled toward the end of her first round, was down by six shots to Vernon's Kendra Jones-Munk, 17.

Jones-Munk finished with 77-82–159 in second place.