Young golfer fin­ishes sea­son in style

Stanstead Journal - - HAPPENINGS -

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Apar­tic­i­pant in the Duf­ferin Heights ju­nior golf pro­gram the past six years, 14 year-old Levi Coates of Way’s Mills capped a mem­o­rable sea­son re­cently, team­ing with Alexis Cle­ment of Drum­mondville (He­riot Club) to win the Ban­tam di­vi­sion at the Que­bec In­ter-Re­gional Cham­pi­onships, held in Grand-Mere, near Shaw­ini­gan. Their per­for­mance helped the East­ern Town­ships team to fin­ish sec­ond over­all, its best re­sult ever, with nine re­gions rep­re­sented and Ot­tawa claim­ing top hon­ours. Cle­ment and Coates first won the “Al­ter­nate Shot” com­pe­ti­tion with a one-over par 72, then posted a six-un­der 65 to fin­ish tied for first in the “Ve­gas” por­tion of the two-day event. The two young­sters each re­turned home with two cham­pi­onship tro­phies for their ex­ploits.

Levi earned his spot on the E.T. team by fin­ish­ing run­ner-up to Cle­ment in the four-tour­na­ment re­gional tour through­out the sum­mer, thanks to a tour­na­ment best 75 in the re­gional fi­nal at Royal Estrie in As­bestos, match­ing Cle­ment, the lat­ter win­ning three of the four re­gional events. Also con­tribut­ing to the Town­ships’ fine show­ing were Milby’s Jef­frey Le­beau, son of for­mer Mon­treal Cana­dien Stephen Le­beau, and Lau­rent Des­marches (Cowansville Club) in the Ju­ve­nile di­vi­sion, fin­ish­ing sec­ond both days. Le­beau and Coates are in the Sports-Etudes pro­gram at La Ruche high school and are coached by long-time golf in­struc­tor Pierre Lal­lier.

An­other high­light of Levi Coates’ sum­mer was fin­ish­ing run­nerup to Bren­dan Smith in the Duf­ferin Heights Ju­nior club cham­pi­onship. It was a 75 and a one-shot lead af­ter day one for Bren­dan, the tal­ented Ayer’s Cliff na­tive, who then fired a 67 to out­dis­tance Levi’s 77 and win the ti­tle.

Asked by the Stanstead Jour­nal how Levi got into golf, the four­teen year-old replied: “My mom was a golfer when she was young so she signed us all up one year; I had just turned nine. This year I de­cided to take it more se­ri­ously and I did more tour­na­ments.” The young golfer finds golf­ing “re­lax­ing, and hard men­tally. When you make bad shots you have to stay fo­cused af­ter. And I like the feel­ing when the ball goes re­ally close to where you want it.” Levi will be con­tin­u­ing in the La Ruche pro­gram this year, go­ing to a lot of tour­na­ments and down to North Carolina for a week of train­ing. “It’s some­times re­ally cold when we start our out­door train­ing. We have to wear mit­tens and tuques when we’re play­ing!” he con­cluded.

Photo cour­tesy

Levi Coates and Alexis Cle­ment pose proudly af­ter win­ning the “Al­ter­nate Shot” tour­na­ment at the Que­bec In­ter-Re­gional Golf Cham­pi­onships, a two-day event in which the boys topped all of their com­pe­ti­tion.

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