Canadian Golf Hall of Famer Doug Roxburgh went wire-to-wire for his first B.C. Senior Men’s Championship at the Eaglepoint Golf Resort in Kamloops.
Starting Wednesday four strokes ahead of his nearest competitor, the Vancouverite and Marine Drive Golf Club member made zero mistakes through his first 15 holes, posting birdies on holes eight, 12, 13 and 14 to get his round to four-under.
“I got to a point where I felt fairly safe. I think I was five or six up with four or five to play,” said Roxburgh following his round.
It wasn’t until his next tee shot on the par-4 350 yard 16th hole did he get into any trouble.
“I didn’t hit a bad tee shot on 16, just pulled it a bit and I ended up three inches behind a tree and chipped out then just got a little sloppy from there.”
Roxburgh posted a double-bogey six, allowing a brief glimpse of hope for his playing partners Norm Bradley of Kelowna and Brian De Biasio of Qualicum Beach.
After making bogey on 17 after his drive took an unfortunate kick right upon landing, Roxburgh was only ahead by two strokes heading down 18 after a De Biasio birdie on 17. He was able to seal the deal on his final hole with a tap-in par.
His three round wire-to-wire line of 67-72-71 placed him at a six-under 210 total, good enough for an eventual three stroke win over De Biasio (72-71-70-213).
Asked about winning his first B.C. Senior men’s crown in only his second try, Roxburgh laughed about his first try,
“I started (playing in the Senior Men’s Championship) last year when we played at Nanaimo at Sandy Harper’s home course and nobody was going to beat Sandy that year. It was a very enjoyable three days of golf (this week), lots of fun, a great golf course, hospitality was fantastic. The staff and all the members that were out supporting us was great.”
Finishing in solo third behind Roxburgh and De Biasio was Pemberton’s Lance Lundy, a former Hillview pro who fired an incredible bogey-free 5-under 67 Wednesday to finish at 2-under 214 (74-73-67).
Roxburgh has declined the chance to play for Team B.C. so the group of De Biasio, Lundy and fourth-place Bradley (215) head to the Canadian Seniors, Aug. 27-30, at the Briar Club in Sutton West, Ont.
Dan Bosquet of Vernon, a former Predator Ridge pro, finished in an eight-way share of 27th spot at 75-76-78-229.
Kelowna’s Rick Folk was in a four-way share of 46th at 79-79-75-233, while Vernon’s Greg Betts was alone in 58th at 81-75-81-237.
Vernon’s Mark Longworth missed the 36-hole cut by one stroke with 80-79-159, while Mike Sheldon of Predator also missed the line at 79-84-163. There was a field of 122.
Meanwhile, Hillview’s Keith Vandenbrink shot 70 Monday to pocket $640 in the CNIB Pro-Am at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club.
Vandenbrink strung together four birdies and an eagle-three on No. 18 with a 15-foot uphill putt as he registered nines of 34-36. He and two others shared the runner-up cash. Vandenbrink still has the Tour Match Play semifinal to fit in this month.
Clay Strothers of the Okanagan Club in Kelowna carded a 67 to claim $1,000.