Cindy Koira, who attends Stelly’s Secondary, says she’d like to see a golf program implemented as part the athletics program at the school. (Contributed/Shubha Hosalli Koira)

‘One stroke at a time’: Stelly’s golfer a steady champ

Cindy Koira named Vikes girls champion, with provincial and international tournament appearances

To say Cindy Koira is good at golf would be an understatement – the 15-year-old Stelly’s Secondary student has been putting away on greens since she was just three years old, introduced to a love of the game by her father, also her coach.

And now, for the second consecutive year, Koira was named girls champion for the Vikes Junior Golf tour, playing 22 tournaments across Vancouver Island and is invited to play at the 2018 CJGA World Junior Championship in Florida this winter.

RELATED: Saanich teen takes her karate skills onto the world stage

Koira shrugs when asked what it is that sets her apart from other golfers.

“It’s a game of mental strength,” she says, and likens the strategy to helping her juggle the other typical aspects of teen life. She plays flute in the Stelly’s school band and keeps up on her Grade 11 coursework.

“Golf skills transfer to life skills,” she explains.

(Contributed/Shubha Hosalli Koira)

A member of both the Victoria and Gorge Vale golf clubs, Koira won the B.C. provincial CJGA tournament in March and the women’s amateur team title at the B.C. Provincial Championship in July.

She also qualified for both the 2018 European Championship in Scotland and World Junior Championship in Pinehurst, North Carolina, tournaments she’s held a steady presence in since 2015.

RELATED: Stelly’s grad wins rowing gold in Poland

For now, it’s all about keeping that momentum going with training in the off-season that includes cycling, regular yoga and some weight-lifting as well as hitting the links at Gorge Vale.

“It’s more challenging,” she says of the course where this year she will try out a new set of clubs – an early gift for her 16th birthday on Nov. 30.

A volunteer at various golf clinics through the summer, Koira also dedicates her time to mentoring younger players helping them to learn the game. That experience is invaluable to the young athlete who dreams of one day turning pro and coaching herself.

In the meantime, she says she’d like to see a golf program implemented at Stelly’s. “My school has a lot of other sports but golf isn’t there.”


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Fraser River land-claim case moves to Duncan for two weeks

Cowichan Tribe elders to be interviewed in case involving Tribes’ rights to land in Richmond

Ucluelet and Tofino mayors call for “calmness” and “empathy” as highway closure cuts communities off from supplies

Ministry of transportation expects to open road for “essential travel only” from noon-8 p.m. Friday.

Saanich man killed in Alberta shooting

Victim is 30-year-old Greater Victoria man, say police

Vancouver Island officials calling for higher speeding fines

Central Saanich motion could end up before UBMC delegates in Victoria later this fall

VIDEO: Drone footage shows extent of damage in Highway 4 rockslide

Tofino, Ucluelet still cut off from rest of the island, as crews work to repair roadway

Vernon woman suing McDonald’s for spilled coffee

Woman seeking nearly $10K, says employee failed to put lid on properly

Two women struck by vehicle at Nanaimo intersection

One woman taken to hospital with possible broken bones

PHOTOS: New BC Ferries hybrid vessels arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

The ferries will run two gulf island routes in upcoming months

Shawnigan group challenging assessments, claiming soil dumps have lowered values

Neighbours raise water quality, property value issues

Six months to Francophone Games, 600 volunteers needed

Online applications open on Jan. 14

Affordable housing for women and children coming to downtown Campbell River

Complex will be located by Rose Harbour, which serves the same demographic and has long waiting list

Cowichan Tribes buys Genoa Bay Farm

First Nation wants to revert property back to reserve land

Diners’ health tax not catching on in B.C., restaurant group says

Small businesses look for options to cover employer health tax

Most Read