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North Van golfer aces local tourney to qualify for world junior event

Anthony Whiting, 16, will travel to California for the Callaway FCG World Championship in July, an event that is well-attended by college recruiters
Anthony Whiting, 16, became captain of the senior boy's golf team at West Vancouver Secondary when he was in Grade 8. | Courtesy of Bryn Parry

Dedication to the game has teed up North Vancouver junior golfer Anthony Whiting for success in his young career.

On April 27 and 28, Whiting marked an impressive scorecard to claim victory in the juvenile boys category at the 2024 MJT Maui Jim Series at Tsawwassen Springs. With rounds of 65 and 71, he tied a record for the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour’s low overall boys score of 136, winning the event by a gap of eight shots.

The top score there also qualified Whiting for the Callaway Future Champions Golf World Championship, July 15 to 17 in Palm Desert, Calif. Last year’s tourney drew 700 players from 36 countries to play on 10 championship golf courses, according to organizers.

The event is also a chance for young players to get recruited for post-secondary teams, with 30 college golf coaches on site during the tournament.

After starting his golf journey just five years ago, 16-year-old Whiting has quickly honed his game to a highly competitive level. In Grade 8, he became captain of the senior boy’s golf team at West Vancouver Secondary, which is a first in the school’s history, said his coach Bryn Parry.

Thrilled to win the Tsawwassen tourney, Whiting thanked his parents, coach and the Maple Leaf tour for hosting the event.

“I feel this win was a mix of hard work and preparation,” he said in a statement.

Posting his scores to his Instagram account, Whiting also expressed pride in marking a career tournament low of 65 despite heavy rainfall and 40-kilometre-per-hour gusts of wind.

Not letting the elements disrupt his practice routine, Whiting has been known to hit the driving range even during heavy snowfall.