Garret Kucher likes to say he comes home for the Rattlesnake. But it was family he was playing for this weekend.
Kucher, the Rattlesnake’s Open defending champion, won by four strokes to take the title this year — a win he dedicated to two very special men.
“I played for my grampas today,” said Kucher after carding a one-under-par 142 to win by four strokes over Tony Bulmer, who finished 74-72. “There both having a battle with cancer right now, so it was really nice to have some success for them.
“I wore my cancer pin all weekend.”
After shooting 70 yesterday on the Desert Gold course, a win was anything but in the bag until late in today’s round, when Kucher eagled the Park Meadows 16th and added a birdie on 17.
Tough conditions this morning, he said, meant there was a lot of grinding going on.
“I just wanted to get the round going. I knew that guys were chasing me. So I just wanted to get the ball in play.”
After struggling mid-round with a couple of bogies on 11 and 13, Kucher again found his game midway through the afternoon.
That set up the big finish.
“On 16th, I probably hit the shot of the weekend. I had 220 in and hit five iron to about three feet and made the eagle.”
Kucher is off to the Canadian Mackenzie and has a conditional spot on the European Challenge Tour.
“At the latest, I’ll be going over there in September,” he said.
Norm Bradley and Dan Swanson were six strokes back of Kucher and the Osoyoos Golf Club’s Cory Hilditch was fifth, turning in a six-over 149 through two days of play.
Other winners this weekend included:
A Championship — Low Gross: Tony Bulmer — 146; Low Net: Marty Morelli — 141
B Championship — Low Gross: Jake Greening — 152; Low Net: Greg Reeley — 144
C Championship — Low Gross: Brent Barr — 154; Low Net: Wes Reusse — 137
D Championship — Low Gross: Steve Smith — 163; Low Net: Denis Bigras — 142
E Championship — Low Gross: Lyle Nordheimer — 172; Low Net: Brent Elliott — 141
F Championship — Low Gross: Shawn Caspar — 170; Low Net: Wesley Rich — 143