Team B.C. sinks U.S.

Maple Ridge golfer Keanna Mason helps team to victory in Blaine

  • May. 30, 2012 11:00 a.m.

The only thing better than winning one title is winning two for Maple Ridge’s Keanna Mason.

The local golfer helped guide Team B.C. to a repeat victory at the 2012 North Pacific Junior Girls’ Team Matches over Team USA at Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club, Sunday in Blaine, Wash.

Representing Canada, Mason was part of the 12-member team that won the two-day event 22-14.

Mason is a veteran on the squad, having been part of last year’s winning team. She said she and her teammates drew off last year’s success.

“Both Valentina [Trillo] and I discussed a lot of strategy for pairings coming into the final round as veterans. We knew that we had a strong start on Day 1 and had to play well on Day 2 to get a win. I am very proud of the girls on our team,” said Mason.

The Maple Ridge native was confident of her team’s chances heading into the tournament, predicting a win with 20 points. Each match had three points available. One point was awarded for the lead on the front nine, another for the back nine and one point overall for the match.

Mason, paired with Madison Kapchinsky of Kelowna, sawed off both her matches on the weekend. The junior girls’ team, ages 13 to 17, opened the tournament with a commanding performance in the team best-ball, building a 12.5 to 5.5 lead going into Sunday. Team Canada won the final day’s round of alternate shot 9.5 to 8.5 to take the 26th edition of the tournament. B.C. will host the event in 2013, with a site yet to be determined.