There's still plenty of summer left, but already Crystal Zamzow has made this summer one that she will never forget.
Starting her competitive golf season at the Manitoba amateur championships at Bel Acres earlier this month, Zamzow put together three scores that saw her finish as the 10th best amateur in the province. This feat was that much more impressive because Crystal is only 14-years-old and she was playing against women of any age.
She shot 84-79-90 at that event and was just four strokes back from a top 7 finish. Zamzow added some new clubs to her bag prior to the event so it was really about getting the feel and she did just that.
"I played two pretty solid rounds and that made me feel like I was where I needed to be," said Zamzow. "I wasn't happy with that 90 but overall, it was a pretty good week."
After a short time off, Zamzow was back on the course competing as she played in the Manitoba junior championships at the Selkirk Golf & Country Club. This year was Crystal's second time playing in the event after she finished in fourth place last year.
Her goal heading into this tournament was to finish in the top 3 as her young career continues to blossom every round she plays.
After an opening-round 79, Zamzow had a one-stroke lead over Mikyla Albert heading into round two. Zamzow would end up taking a two-stroke lead into the final round after she fired a 77 in the second round.
With the tournament coming down to the wire, Crystal took care of business in grand style down the stretch. After a par on back-to-back par 3's on 16 and 17, Zamzow sealed the championship with another par on the 18th hole as she won the junior title by two strokes.
It's the first time Zamzow has won a Golf Manitoba provincial championship.
"It still feels like a bit of a dream right now, I don't think it's really set in," concluded Zamzow. "I was over the moon and back happy, it was such a crazy feeling to win this event. It's something that I will never forget."
Zamzow is eligible to play in some Maple Leaf Junior Tour events moving forward this summer. For now, however, she plans on spending some time with her family and enjoying a provincial gold medal.