Kozak shoots opening-round 75

Vernon’s Conner Kozak carded a 4-over 75 in Thursday’s opening round of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Championships in Winnipeg.

  • Aug. 12, 2011 12:00 p.m.

Vernon’s Conner Kozak carded a 4-over 75 in Thursday’s opening round of the Canadian Men’s Amateur Golf Championships in Winnipeg.

Playing at the Elmhurst Golf & Country Club, Kozak carded nines of 39-36. He bogeyed the second and third holes, but rebounded with birdies on 10 and 18.

The Seaton Sonic grad will play on scholarship with the UBC Thunderbirds this fall.

With half the field of 234 still playing at either Elmhurst or the Niakwa Golf & Country Club, at press time Thursday afternoon, three players turned in morning scores of 3-under 68.

Wilson Bateman of Spruce Grove, Alta., Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont. and Lewis Chong of Lethbridge were the early leaders. There will be a cut after Friday’s 18.

The 2011 Canadian Men’s Amateur Champion will earn an Exemption into the 2012 RBC Canadian Open.

Meanwhile,  Gudmund Lindbjerg of Port Moody came a long way back to win his fourth straight B.C. Senior Men’s Championship at Squamish Valley Golf Club.

Lindbjerg, who plays out of Pitt Meadows, shot a 3-under 69 in Thursday’s final round to defeat 2006 champion Tony Hatchwell of Nanaimo by one stroke.

Lindbjerg opened with an 81 in the first round and then carded a 71. Hatchwell went 79-71-72.

Vernon’s Michael Sheldon finished in a three-way share of 66th place at 79-82-83-244. There was a field of 160.

Vernon players Mark Longworth and Greg Betts failed to make the 36-hole cut. Lance Lundy, formerly of Hillview and now out of Pemberton Big Sky Golf, tied for 15th at 74-78-78-230.