When Kelowna golfer Megan Osland returned home after her second year of NCAA golf at San Jose State, her game was not in top form.
She had completed a long NCAA season and ended at the NCAA Div. 1 national championships where things just weren’t clicking.
But after some tweaks with her swing coach back in Kelowna, Osland got her game back in order and just in time for last weekend’s B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship in Pitt Meadows. That’s where things started to come together and the birdies started dropping at the Pitt Meadows Golf Course as Osland carded rounds of 71-76-71-75 to finish at three under par for the tournament in a tie for fifth place.
“I was having some swing issues and hitting the ball left so when I got home I spent some time with my swing coach, Sean Richardson at the Harvest, and he really helped me figure things out,” said Osland, back in Kelowna after the weekend. “During the tournament I just stayed focussed on each shot and each round. I would have liked to win the tournament but considering the conditions (heavy rain, standing water on course) I was satisfied with my finish.”
Osland’s performance included a birdie on her last hole of the tournament and while she didn’t know it at the time, when she rolled in the 20 footer for birdie to close the event, it brought her into a tie for fifth and also a tie for the second best score of a B.C. player. That meant she would join Christine Wong of Richmond and Jennifer Yang of Coquitlam on Team B.C. which will play at the Royal Cup Canadian Amateur Championships July 23 to 26 in Quebec.
“I am really excited and proud to be representing B.C. at the Canadian women’s amateur,” she said. “Now I will be starting to prepare for the Canadian amateur both mentally and physically.
This year is only Osland’s second year playing in the women’s amateur division after moving up from the junior ranks and she also made Team B.C. last year.
Two other Kelowna area golfers also took part in the B.C. Women’s Amateur Championship in Pitt Meadows as Jenn Woods and Kylie Jack of West Kelowna both took part.
Woods had rounds of 80-86-81 while Jack shot 87-85-88. Both players missed the cut for the final day.