14-year-old Kelowna golfer making pro push

Cooper Humphreys competes at this year’s Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship

As one of the youngest players on the amateur tours, Cooper Humphreys might have had a lot of doubters.

Those doubters were silenced after the 14-year-old finished third at the 117th annual B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship at Pemberton’s Big Sky Golf and Country Club in early July—only six shots behind the 18-year-old winner.

“My finish in Pemberton meant a lot to me,” Humphreys said. “Because at my age, I wasn’t expected to contend. It gave me the confidence to play against better competition.”

READ MORE: Kelowna Falcons complete 9th inning rally

With the impressive third-place finish, Humphreys is taking his clubs to the Canadian Men’s Amateur Championship and the Canadian Junior Boys Championship on the East Coast over the next two weeks of August.

Winning the championships would lead to more invitations to bigger and more prestigious tournaments; a win at the men’s level would mean an exemption into the 2019 RBC Canadian Open. Points can also be earned for the 14-year-old with positive results from the championship. Points accumulate to give recognition to top-performing amateur and junior golfers across B.C; the higher the finish, the higher the points.

Pushing his way through tours against older, more experienced golfers, he’s learned to block out the noise to improve his game.

“Some things I’ve learned as a junior golfer are to be patient on the course and to keep practising. In the long run, it pays off,” Humphrey’s said.

READ MORE: Summerland senior golfers usepar points system

Humphreys is hoping his tenure at the Okanagan Golf Club will help him during these next tests in his career. He said playing the Bear and Quail courses have improved his game because straight drives are needed in order to score well, something that often translates well at championship courses.

Dan Matheson at the OGC said Humphreys’ level of play is increasing quickly.

“Anytime, in any sport, a 13- or 14-year-old young man, or woman, starts competing against adults and holding their own, if not (winning) competitions, you know you have a very special talent with the potential for greatness,” Matheson said.

“Fair to say Cooper is in that category.”

READ MORE: Okanagan swimmers compete in California

Humphreys’ current sights are on the upcoming competitions, but he hasn’t taken his eyes of future goals.

He hopes to continue improving his play and work toward making it into a university golf program.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

RDCO removes Killiney Beach water quality advisory

Outdoor water restrictions are still in effect

Kelowna-based cannabis company granted licence for new facility

Tumbleweed is expected to produce 1,000 kilograms of marijuana

Parkinson Recreation Centre and gymnasium closures

The facilities will be closed for two weeks

Sicamous RCMP arrest Lake Country man following truck break-in

Suspect found in possesion of bear spray, masks and break-in tools.

Motorcyclist involved in Westside Road crash

Air ambulance assists while motorists face lengthy delays

VIDEO: Canadian zoos’ captive breeding programs help preserve endangered species

Programs considered last-ditch effort to prevent local extinctions of turtles, butterflies and more

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Art and music at Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Second event of the summer will be held Sunday, Aug. 25

B.C. log export rules killing us, northwest harvester says

NorthPac Forestry says Skeena Sawmills has plenty of timber

Sleep expert recommends Summer snooze solutions

Summertime brings light, noise, heat and other conditions that can make getting to sleep hard.

Environment groups warned saying climate change is real could be seen as partisan

Talk of climate change could be viewed as advocating against Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada

Most Read