Kozak, Wurz in the Zone

Veron's Conner Kozak and Justin will represent Zone 2 Okanagan team at B.C. Amateur Men's Golf Championships, July 24-27.

A pair of Vernon golfers will represent the Okanagan Zone 2 at the B.C. Men’s Amateur Championships, July 24-27 at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows.

Conner Kozak, a Seaton Sonics grad, and Justin Wurz, a Fulton Maroon grad, finished second and third respectively in a field of 30 at a wet, blustery provincial qualifier last weekend at Eagle Point Golf and Country Club in Kamloops.

Kozak, who is entering his second year with the UBC Thunderbirds men’s team, opened with a 1-over 73 Saturday to sit third. He recovered from a slow start on the front nine Sunday (40), recording three birdies over his last four holes to card an identical 73 on the second round to finish at 73-73-146.

Runner-up with a 1-under 71 Saturday, Wurz slipped to a 5-over 77 Sunday to finish with 148.

Cody Bell (Salmon Arm, 2nd year UBC-O Heat) opened with a 3-under 69, and held the lead on day two with a 1-over 73 for a 142.

Earning the final Zone 2 roster spot with fourth place was Kamloops’ Shawn Vanderwall (74-75-149). Vernon’s Brad Jones cracked the top-15 with a 81-80-162 and will also compete in the B.C. amateur.

Little leads B.C. senior women’s

Jackie Little, formerly of Vernon, carded a 3-over 75 to take the opening day lead in the B.C. senior women’s championships Monday at Highland Pacific Golf in Victoria.

Little, the defending champion, fired two birdies and five bogeys.

Alison Murdoch of Victoria stayed within striking distance of Little with a 5-over 77, followed by Penny Baziuk of North Saanich and Elaine Blatchford of Surrey, who sit tied for third with 7-over 79s.

The zone and club team championship are running concurrently during rounds one and two of the women’s championship. Zone 5 (Baziuk and Murdoch) lead the gross division by three strokes, while in net  play, Zone 6 (Little and Nanaimo’s Georgina Hermans) are 10 strokes clear of their nearest competitors.

Round two went Tuesday morning, with the final round slated for today.