Hon­oured

Corner Brook’s An­drew Bruce wins ju­nior male golfer of the year

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Corner Brook golfer turned in solid sea­son on the links.

An­drew Bruce looks pretty calm and col­lected on the golf course, but he would be first to tell you that he en­dured a fair amount of stress through­out the sum­mer.

2017 was an im­por­tant sea­son for the bud­ding ju­nior golfer from Corner Brook be­cause he was fo­cused on earn­ing a golf schol­ar­ship that would al­low him to pursue the game at a higher level when he grad­u­ated from high school.

Be­ing named 2017 pro­vin­cial ju­nior male golfer of the year by Golf New­found­land and Labrador for the sec­ond-straight year has taken away all that stress and he couldn’t be hap­pier.

“It’s al­ways nice to be rec­og­nized for how hard you worked,” Bruce said Wed­nes­day. “I worked re­ally hard not only get a chance to win this award again but also work to­wards a golf schol­ar­ship.

“This sum­mer was one of the hard­est sum­mers for me be­cause there was a lot of stress be­cause I wanted to get the golf schol­ar­ship so bad that it was a lot of work,” he added.

He felt he got off to a pretty good start but there was a three­week pe­riod late in the sea­son where he was in­volved with a num­ber of events that things didn’t go his way so he had some anx­ious mo­ments, but in the end he had the re­sults that he needed to achieve his goal.

He had a great year that saw him claim top honours in the Royal LePage pro­vin­cial ju­nior boys golf cham­pi­onship, win the Tely Ju­nior Golf Tour crown for his age group and placed 15th over­all as a mem­ber of Team NL at the 2017 Canada Sum­mer Games in Win­nipeg.

A lot of hard work pro­duced an im­pres­sive re­sume for his fi­nal year of ju­nior golf el­i­gi­bil­ity and it couldn’t have hap­pened at a bet­ter time for him.

He has been re­warded for his ef­fort by ac­cept­ing golf schol­ar­ship to play at the Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria for the 2018-2019 sea­son.

UVIC golfers de­velop their game through the col­le­giate cir­cuit in the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of In­ter­col­le­giate Ath­let­ics and pro­vide bud­ding golfers an op­por­tu­nity to work on their game 12 months of the year.

He has for­got­ten those stress­ful times and looks for­ward to tak­ing his game across the coun­try.

He’s look­ing for­ward to be­ing able to swing the clubs 12 months of the year.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WESTERN STAR

An­drew Bruce of Corner Brook has won Golf New­found­land and Labrador’s ju­nior male golfer of the year for the sec­ond-straight year.

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