Vandenbrink moves to golf final

Keith Vandenbrink awaits his opponent for the Interior Professional Golf Association’s (IPGA) match play championship.

Morning Star Staff

Keith Vandenbrink awaits his opponent for the Interior Professional Golf Association’s (IPGA) match play championship.

The Hillview golf pro advanced to the final with a 2-up (one hole to play) victory over Russ Latimer of Kelowna’s Black Mountain Monday at the Salmon Arm Golf Course.

Vandenbrink opened strong, winning the first three holes which included birdies on No. 2 and 3.

Latimer cut that lead to two with a birdie on the eighth hole, but Vandenbrink responded on No. 9, winning the hole to restore his three-up lead.

Latimer birdied 11 and 12, and won 15 to even the match.

Vandenbrink birdied No. 16, a long, tough par 4, then closed out the match by winning the 17th, a par 3.

Vandenbrink will play the winner of the other semifinal match between Greg Forbes (Black Mountain) and Mark Kohlen (Talking Rock, Chase).

Earlier this season, Vandy stopped Clay Stothers of the Okanagan Club in the quarterfinals and earned a pair of 2 and 1 victories in round 1.

Vandenbrink beat Justin Baillargeon of the Vernon Golf and Country Club in his opening morning match at the Bear course and then iced Scott Ellen from Kelowna’s Tower Ranch.