Jeffrey third at golf zones and off to provincials

South Cariboo golfer, Lynden Jeffrey had a successful couple of days, competing

Lynden Jeffrey placed third overall at the Junior Simon Fraser Open Zone 8 golf championships in Prince George

Lynden Jeffrey placed third overall at the Junior Simon Fraser Open Zone 8 golf championships in Prince George

Golfer, Lynden Jeffrey had a successful couple of days, competing at the Junior Simon Fraser Open Zone 8 championships at Prince George Golf and Curling Club, June 8-9.

Jeffrey shot 77 on Saturday for fifth place, and an even par 71 on Sunday, which elevated him to third place overall.

It was good enough to qualify for the juvenile division provincial championships at Courtney’s Crown Isle Golf Resort, Aug. 20-22.

The 16-year-old has also qualified to compete in the junior division provincial championships for golfers 17 years and older.

It was unclear whether Jeffrey would be able to compete at zones, following a biking accident just prior to the event, which left him with an injured and swollen big toe.

A trip to the doctor where excess blood was drained from his toe relieved the pressure.

“It was pretty painful,” Jeffrey says, adding he’s competed at provincials every year since he was 11, with the exception of last year when he was forced to bow out due to pneumonia.

“I’m hoping to do good. It’s my last year in juveniles, so I want to make the top 5.”

He has been playing the Okanagan Zone 2 circuit this season, just for practice. The milder climate allows for earlier and more abundant tournaments, he explains.

Jeffrey notes he hasn’t been comfortable with his swing all season until Sunday morning of the zone championship.

“I made a couple of adjustments, and it made a difference.”

He next competes at the Kamloops City Junior Golf Championships at Rivershore Estates & Golf Links on June 22-23.