MacDonald sinks Vandenbrink

Keith Vandenbrink lost a one-hole playoff to Brian MacDonald in Friday’s final of the Canadian Desert Invitational at Osoyoos Golf Club.

  • Sep. 17, 2014 11:00 a.m.

Hillview’s Keith Vandenbrink lost a one-hole playoff to Brian MacDonald of Fairview Mountain in Friday’s final of the Canadian Desert Invitational at Osoyoos Golf Club.

Vandenbrink rang up five birdies against four bogeys to shoot 1-under 71 on the Park Meadows course.

On the playoff hole, Vandenbrink found the rough and MacDonald was on the fairway.  The Hillview pro hit a flyer a couple yards long, while the Oliver pro hit to the back edge of the green.

“My chip misses the flag and rolls 20 feet down the green, I miss the putt and tap in for bogey, while he lags from top of the green to three feet past the  hole and makes a comebacker,” said Vandy.

MacDonald pocketed $1,200, while Vandenbrink, who carded a 70 Thursday on the Desert track, earned $900.

In the team event, Vandy, Jim Atmore and Betty Murray of Hillview and two guest players from Fairview, placed eighth and won portable wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Meanwhile, Jamie Stevens of the Kelowna Golf & Country Club defeated Clay Stothers of the Okanagan Golf Club in a sudden-death playoff hole to win the Callaway Interior Pro Golf Tour stop Monday at Black Mountain.

Both players carded 69s with Stevens pocketing $500 and Stothers earning $400.

Vernon Golf & CC head pro Shannon Glenesk and former Vernonite Jesse Crowe, now at the  Salmon Arm Golf & CC, each collected $300 for sharing third place at 70.

The Kelowna Auto Sport Tour Championship goes Monday at the Kelowna Golf & CC.

MacDonald leads the Order of Merit with 324 points, followed by Dean Claggett of Two Eagles in Kelowna with 254, Myles Johnson of Spallumcheen at 236 and Stothers with 232. Vandenbrink is ninth at 164.