Royal Colwood Golf Club member Naomi Ko holds the spoils after winning the 2014 B.C. Junior Girls Championship in Kamloops. The tournament win was one of many high finishes she managed last year

Metchosin’s Naomi Ko top B.C. junior athlete

Up-and-coming golfer had a standout 2014 season on the links

Naomi Ko, who has grown up in Metchosin and these days hones her game at the Royal Colwood Golf Club, is Sport B.C.’s female junior athlete of the year for 2015.

Ko received the honour recently at a Sport B.C. gala in downtown Vancouver.

Her accomplishments in 2014 included winning the B.C. junior amateur championships and finishing second in the juvenile girls B.C.s., while placing fourth in the Canadian junior championships.

In competition south of the border, she was 13th at the American Junior Golf Association girls championship, after placing second at an AJGA junior event in St. Louis.

In the CN Future Links development series, she captured the Ontario tournament and finished third, one shot back of the leader, in the Pacific Championship held last May at Bear Mountain’s valley course.

A regular in adult events as well, she placed fourth at the 2014 B.C. Women’s Amateur, tied for 10th at the Canadian Women’s Pro Tour’s B.C. event in Parksville and was a top-40 finisher at the Canadian Women’s Amateur.

Saanichton’s Sam Reinhart, plays for the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice, was presented with the male junior athlete of the year award. He was one of only two 18-year-olds selected for Canada’s World Junior Championship (U-20) team.

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