Liz Furniss, right, of West Kings captured her second straight NSSAF golf championship recently at Osprey Ridge near Bridgewater. Furniss, who golfs out of Paragon in Kingston, defeated Emily Cyr, centre, of Northumberland on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff. Meghan McLean of Horton, left, who placed third overall, was recognized last week by the NSGA as Junior Girls Player of the Year. - Submitted
By John DeCoste
A pair of Kings County girls brought home more than their clubs recently after stellar showings at provincials.
At the 2013 NSSAF provincial golf championship held recently in Bridgewater, Liz Furniss, a Grade 12 student at West Kings, was crowned girls’ division provincial champion for a second straight year.
Furniss, who golfs out of Paragon in Kingston, defeated Emily Cyr of Northumberland on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.
The victory capped off a busy year for Furniss, who also represented Nova Scotia in gold at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, QC.
Meghan McLean of Horton was third overall at the NSSAF provincials and also helped Horton to a second-place finish overall in the team standings.
Furniss and Cyr both finished the regulation 18 holes with rounds of 93, with McLean one stroke behind at 94.
An already good year for McLean got better last week when she was named the Nova Scotia Golf Association’s Junior Girls’ Player of the Year.
Based on points awarded for top finishes in NSGA events throughout the year, McLean finished with 186 points, 57 more than her sister Heather who finished in the runner-up position.
During 2013, McLean placed first at the Avon Valley Invitational and the NSGA bantam championship, second at the Chester Invitational, third at the Ken-Wo Invitational and fourth at the NSGA Junior Championship.
McLean was also recognized by the NSGA as the 2013 Valley Zone Junior Player of the Year and earned the Lynda McGill Award for the greatest reduction in handicap in the junior girls’ division.
In other NSGA news, Leslie Houde of Paragon, the 2012 NSGA women’s division Player of the Year, settled for the runner-up position this year behind winner Jen Comeau of Oakfield.
Dave Tracy of Kentville, who also golfs out of Ken-Wo, was recognized for the greatest reduction in handicap in the senior men’s division.