Fort St. John's Jake Lane had a great showing in Qualicum this week after he tied for 10th at the 2013 British Columbia Bantam Boys' and Girls' Championship Aug. 26 and 27.
Finishing plus-8 overall, the Lakepoint Golf & Country Club member shot 72 and 76 at the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club, beating out 34 of B.C.'s best young golfers to crack the top 10.
"We're proud of Jake's accomplishments and hope it'll lead to some more young people getting into the game," said Lakepoint's head golf pro Ryan Harvey on Wednesday.
"He's out here everyday playing and he's really matured over the last couple seasons in terms of course management and how to play the golf course," he added. "He hits the ball really well and just needs to ensure he's using the right clubs. It's definitely the biggest improvement in the past year that he's made."
Lane was the only Bantam golfer north of Williams Lake competing at the championship, and despite playing against a majority of players who have access to golf courses all year round, Lane showed what northern athletes can do to make up for a lack of access.
"Obviously in the north we're a little more challenged in terms of golf and some of the other summer sports, but at the same time hard work and a little dedication will still pay off," Harvey said.
"He obviously continues to train over the winter doing weight training and other out-of-season things, and he used to hit golf balls when it was available at the Golf Zone, so there are still a few options up here that allow you to train year round."
Winning the Bantam Boys' Championship was North Vancouver's Roy Kang, 14, who finished at minus-3 (69-68-137), with Coquitlam's A.J. Ewart close behind at minus-1.
On the girls' side, Richmond's Alisha Lau finished first overall at minus-1 (70-69-139) with Surrey's Hannah Lee in second at Even.