Landscaper Tom Ross hardly created a masterpiece, but like a clutch player, managed to carve out his sixth Vernon Golf & Country Club men’s championship last weekend.
The 43-year-old won his third straight title by producing rounds of 71 and 76. The +1 player was even-par a year ago.
Ross pocketed a $150 pro shop gift certificate and another $30 for a deuce on the 14th hole. He defeated Jason Bilodeau by one stroke. There was a field of 96.
“I hit it horrible, but I played good enough to win,” chuckled Ross. “Jason played really well. If the golf course had more holes, he probably would have won. Norm (Kreutz) played well too.”
Kreutz finished third low gross at 152, followed by Glen Kitagawa, at 158, and Mike McAvoy and Andy Saunders, both at 159.
Ross, who says he’s “Gunning for (Jeremy) Osborne” in the Canada Goose Invitational next year, enjoyed the set up of the Vernon track.
“Our course played tough Sunday. The greens were super fast and it was fun out there.”
Rick Krushen carded a 131 to win overall low net, collecting $150 in pro shop dollars.
Gord Johnston finished fifth low gross in the championship flight at 163.
Doug Smith topped the first flight low gross at 159, followed by Brian Carpenter, at 161, Jim Sparrow, at 163, Ernie Cherkowski, at 167 (retrogression) and John Lacroix, at 167.
Runner-up to Kitagawa in the second flight was Norm Bickel with a 165. Andy Doyle was third, at 165, followed by Stacey Nichol, at 167, and Peter McClean, at 169.
Tim Ouellette won the third flight at 170 with Gary Pielak second at 173 and Rod Rieger third at 174. Rob Irving, with a 177, and Randy Bradsen, at 180, rounded out the flight.
Andy Erickson ruled the fourth flight at 176, followed by Rick Serafin, at 181 (retro), Tim Begley, Ron Crumley and James Phair, all at 181.
Rich Fontaine ruled low net in the championship flight with a 148 ahead of John Martin, at 149 (retro), Dale Ortman, at 149, Graeme Nevens, at 150, and Paul Toovey, at 155.
Brent Thompson won low net in the first flight at 144, while Lonny Mazaruk claimed the second flight title at 142, Rod Faust dialed in a 149 to take the third flight and Roger Mushaluk ruled the fourth flight with a 141.
Meanwhile, Chris McEachran-Law birdied the second playoff hole Sunday to defeat his brother Matt for the Vernon junior club championship
The brothers finished with a 36-hole total 149, one stroke better than Austin Bosquet.
Matt McEachran-Law won the low net at 139, followed by Matt Kreutz at 149 and Colton Schaper-Kotter at 153. Alex Kreutz was third low gross at 160.