Dreams abound at junior

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Seon Kim has ambitions of one day playing on the PGA Tour.

Yesterday, the 18-year-old from Port Coquitlam, B.C., took another step in that direction by shooting a 2-under 70 at the Broadmoor Golf Club to lead the junior boys division after the first day of the CN Future Links Western Championships.

Sean Jarvis of Vancouver and Steven Lane of Surrey sit a shot back with two rounds left to play. Edmonton's Andrew Funk, who finished as the runner-up at the provincial junior boys championship last week, is four strokes back after shooting a 2-over 74.

Sue Kim and Breanne Neufeld share the junior girls lead after the first round each shooting 1-over 73s.

"It was a pretty good round, I guess," Seon Kim, 18, said. "I had a couple of tough breaks out there. Apart from that it was pretty good."

Kim was actually at 5-under coming down the stretch, but a double-bogey on 15 and other on 17 held him back.

It's the first time the tournament has been held at the Broadmoor.

"The course was good," Kim said. "They worked on the greens the last few days and it was good."

The event features the best junior golfers in Western Canada, vying to earn a berth into the Canadian Junior Championships. It's the fifth of six regional events held around the country. A total of 77 golfers are taking part in the tournament in four different divisions.

"These are definitely big, big events," said tournament director Nathan Brooks. "These are difficult to get into in the first place. A lot of the players you see here will also be at the Canadian Junior."

Players qualify for these events through an application process. The stronger players throughout the region are selected to play in the Future Links events.

"The biggest thing about these tournaments is how competitive and how good the field you always get for these," Brooks said. "A lot of these players will go on to the Canadian Junior and even the Canadian Amateur championship and even the Canadian Open, so it's pretty impressive to see at this level."

Kim is attending Drury University in Missouri this fall on a golf scholarship. In order to obtain an exception into the National junior in Sussex, N.B., next month he'll need another two strong rounds today and tomorrow at Broadmoor.

"I think I can win this tournament," he said. "I just have to focus and it'll come."


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