Jeremy Osborne successfully sinks his putt during the Canada Goose Coca-Cola Invitational Sunday at Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.

Jeremy Osborne successfully sinks his putt during the Canada Goose Coca-Cola Invitational Sunday at Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.

Osborne golden at Goose

Jeremy Osborne of Salmon Arm earned a 50-inch plasma TV as champion of the $10,000 Canada Goose Coca-Cola Invitational last weekend at the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.

Jeremy Osborne of Salmon Arm hit the range last Thursday with a buddy to work on a glitch in his golf game.

The 33-year-old real estate agent owes his friend dinner after earning a 50-inch plasma TV as champion of the $10,000 Canada Goose Coca-Cola Invitational last weekend at the Spallumcheen Golf & Country Club.

“We worked on my positioning and we made two changes which made a huge difference,” said the amiable Osborne, who was runner-up in the Goose a year ago. “I’ve used three different drivers and five different shafts the last while and I drove the ball well (using a Titleist driver).”

Osborne, who ruled the Revelstoke Open two weeks ago, posted runner-up finishes in the Rivershore (Kamloops) Open and the Ogopogo (Kelowna) earlier this season. He also held the early lead at the B.C. Amateur in Kamloops with a 68 before finishing 43rd.

He carded rounds of 1-under 70 and 68 in the Goose, one shot better than Gord McGarva of Kelowna. There was a field of 107.

“I had a run (birdie) on 14 and 15 the second day, but I struggled with the putter Saturday,” said Osborne, who missed canning a handful of relatively short birdie attempts in the first round.

McGarva was up a deuce after a dozen holes Sunday but got into tree trouble on the par-4 14th hole, taking an unplayable and scoring a triple-bogey seven. McGarva birdied the 15th and 17th holes and tied Osborne for 68 on the day.

“That was an unfortunate triple,” said Osborne. “I’ve played with Gord before and he is one of the most genuine players out there. It’s fun, but you have to stay focussed.”

Osborne, a +1 handicap who took up the game at age 12 at the Salmon Arm Golf & CC with his father and brother, doesn’t have room for the TV so will trade it in or put it up for sale.

Rob Young of Victoria took the giant TV home for claiming low net honours at 131.

Mark Dearing of Spallumcheen was low gross winner in the second flight at 155 (retrogression), while Mike Keller of Skaha Meadows in Penticton topped the third flight at 163 and Dan Williams of Spall won the fourth flight at 170. All three players and McGarva earned smaller TVs.

Runner-up low gross finishers by flight were Doug Engbrecht of Kelowna, at 147, Jeff Mushaluk of Salmon Arm, at 155, Ken Robertson of Spall, at 163 (retro) and Mike Evanishen of Spall, at 175. They all pocketed G20 drivers.

Vince Lewis of Spall took low gross in the third flight with a 150, followed by clubmates James Carr, at 144, Rodger Bergen, at 167, and Adam Bartko at 177 (retro). All four men received Blu Ray DVD machines.

Defending low net champion Wayne Schaeffer of Kelowna topped low gross in the fourth flight with a 154. Spall entrants King Cam, at 163, and Harry Bowker, at 170, and Ron Heinzelman of Osoyoos, at 177 (retro), rounded out the top-four, collecting putters.

In the fifth flight, it was Bob Smith of Spall first at 155, ahead of clubmates John Stewart, at 164 and Rob Lenoury, at 171. Rocky Becker of Sunset Ranch in Kelowna was fourth at 177 (retro). All four took home Ping shirts.

On the low net side, flight winners were Brent Cairn of Sunset Ranch, at 139, followed by Spall players Peter Haines, at 139, Brian Borgford, at 140, and Gerry Crawford, at 141. They all won TVs.

Second low gross by flights were Dave Gray of Spall at 139, Bryan Robbie of BCGA, at 140, Neil Chester of Spall, at 142, and Doug Quinville of West Vancouver, at 146 (retro). They pocketed G20 drivers.