Garret Kucher added another Osoyoos championship to his pedigree Sunday, winning by five strokes the 2018 Rattlesnake Men’s Open in conditions that would be best described as unsettled.
The rising BC golf star — he plays out of Predator Ridge as a golf ambassador — carded a two-under-par 141 over 36 holes of play to top the 225-player field.
“I like the course. I’ve played it so much that I’m just comfortable on the tee,” he said after Sunday’s play. “That’s an advantage because I hit it a long way. I can take advantage of driveable par fours or go for it on par fives.
“I know when to turn the green light on and when not to, where some guys don’t have the experience of being around the club.”
Garrett Kucher’s best shot of the day may have been a tee shot to the third green that left him a tap-in for birdie.
Kucher won a pair of back-to-back Canadian Desert Invitational Pro-Ams a couple of years ago but his experience on the Osoyoos course goes back to when he played for the Osoyoos Coyotes in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
“I used to work at the course,” he said. “And when I wasn’t working, I was playing.”
He’s headed off to Canada’s professional McKenzie Golf Tour but was quick to add the Rattlesnake was a don’t-miss for him.
“This one’s big for me because the members are phenomenal and I do like to call this place home,” he said. “The atmosphere is great; the course is in phenomenal shape.”
Kevin Klebe, playing out of North Bellingham GC, and Dano Swanson shared second low-gross honors in the championship flight, carding 146 over 36 holes of play. OGC assistant pro Todd Tweedy was tied for fourth a stroke back at 147.
The overall Low-Net prize went to Oliver Weekes. The North Bellingham golfer had a career weekend, finishing with a nine-under-par 134.
While tournament play kept OGC members away from the tees and greens, many did turn out to help make the event a success.
“Roughly we have about 30 members volunteers that help with us during the weekend,” said the club’s head golf professional Colin Snair. “They’re doing everything from barbecuing hamburgers to shuttling other volunteers out on to the golf course to spot golf balls for the competitors to scoring and running score cards.
“Pretty much everything you need to do behind the scenes of a golf tournament they are there doing it for us.
Other winners this weekend included:
A Championship — Low Gross: Dano Swanson — 146; Low Net: Dan Turnbull (OGC) — 142
B Championship — Low Gross: Lee Brandt — 153; Low Net: Robin Fuller — 140
C Championship — Low Gross: Johnathon Clarke — 159; Low Net: Nicholas Bester — 141
D Championship — Low Gross: Rolf Melby (OGC) — 161; Low Net: Rick Dean — 140
E Championship — Low Gross: Howie Jaquish — 165; Low Net: Brent Elliott — 137
F Championship — Low Gross: Brandon Long — 180; Low Net: Ron Braun — 137.