SCOTT LARSON THE STARPHOENIX Regina lawn bowler Jordan Kos is competing at the junior nationals in Saskatoon

SCOTT LARSON THE STARPHOENIX Regina lawn bowler Jordan Kos is competing at the junior nationals in Saskatoon. Regina teen has right touch on the green

SASKATOON — Jordan Kos may have fell into lawn bowling by chance, but the 15-year-old Reginan is making the most of her time on the greens.

Kos won her opening matches Tuesday at the 2015 Canadian junior championships taking place at the Nutana Lawn Bowling Club, downing B.C.’s Emma Boyd 21-11 and Ontario’s Chris Burke 21-1.

She is to play three more round robin matches Wednesday with the top four players moving on to medal play Thursday.

Kos became involved in the sport at age seven by accident when an advertisement looking for young lawn bowlers was placed in her school newspaper.

“My mom saw the ad and thought they had made a mistake because we thought it was an old person’s sport,” she said. “So she phoned (the junior co-ordinator) and told him he had made a mistake.

“He said, ‘No, I did it for a reason and want you to come down (and try the sport).’ So my mom brought me and two of my cousins (Brandon and Carter Watson, who are also competing this week). We threw a couple of bowls. I was hooked and I think they were too.”

Kos likes the fact lawn bowling is not like most other sports.

“I think it is a cool sport,” she said. “It is a lot different than (sports) like softball or soccer.

And there is the chance to travel, she said.

“This is my fifth junior nationals and I have been to Montreal, Kelowna, Fredericton (N.B.), Etobicoke (Ont.), and now this one in Saskatoon,” Kos said, adding she has also been to Hong Kong to bowl. Kos is the current provincial girls junior champion and the provincial women’s pairs champions with veteran Jean Roney.

And Kos is motivated to add a national title to her resume after falling just short last year in the national junior girls gold-medal final to B.C.’s Pricilla Westlake, who will be competing in the under-25 national event later this week in Saskatoon.

“I am really trying hard to get the gold this year,” Kos said.

Once this week is over the Grade 10 Luther College High School student will head to Toronto for the women’s pairs nationals with Roney in a couple of weeks.

And with each new success, Kos’s aspirations run higher.

“I want to go the Asia Pacific Championships, World Bowls and the Commonwealth Games,” she said. “And if lawn bowling ever gets into the Olympics, I want to go to them too.”