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Burnaby's Luna Lu wins B.C. junior girls' golf championship

Lu shot a five-under 68 in her final round to claim title.
15-year-old Burnaby golfer Luna Lu is the 2022 B.C. junior girls' provincials champion.

Luna Lu is a champion.

The 15-year-old Burnaby resident claimed the BC Golf junior girls' championship held from June 27 to July 1 at Nk’mip Canyon Desert Golf Course in Oliver. 

The Burnaby North Secondary student, set to enter grade 10 in the fall, won with a score of 285 (-7) over four rounds to win gold.

She finished with scores of 75, 72, 70 and 68 during the event, edging out Amy Seung Hyun Lee of Langley by one stroke. 

Entering the fourth round, Lu was in third place at two under par (-2) trailing Tina Jiang by three shots and Lee by one. 

Heading to the 14th hole, Lu was two strokes back of Lee but made back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16 to ultimately clinch the tournament. 

In a news release by BC Golf, Lu said she wasn't aware she had won the tournament until Lee and Jiang told her as they left the 18th green. 

"I knew I was having a pretty good day," Lu explained to B.C. Golf's Brad Ziemer. 

"They were saying congrats to me and I really didn’t know I had won. So I was asking them, did I win, and I think it was Amy who told me I had won. I thought we were all pretty close."

Lu was coming off of a disappointing ending at the BC Women's Amateur tournament two weeks earlier when she quadruple-bogeyed the 18th hole at Pitt Meadows Golf Club, nullifying her chance to win the tournament. 

"To be able to win here [in Oliver] means so much to me."

Lu, Lee and Jiang are now set to represent B.C. at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship at Ottawa's Marshes Golf Club from July 26 to 29.