Coming down the back nine at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club’s Men’s Open on Sunday, Tyler Pitt appeared to open the door to a few challengers.
But just as quickly as back-to-back bogey’s trimmed Pitt’s lead to just one, the Gallagher’s Canyon golfer slammed the door shut with birdies on 16 and 18 to win the men’s open by two strokes over Keith Yamaoka, Keith Martin and Jason Moneteleone.
“I tried to get a little too cute,” said Pitt of the bogeys on 14 and 15 at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. “But I played the last three holes tremendously well. I felt like I played pretty solid all weekend. I was hitting greens in regulation and when I didn’t I was able to get up and down.”
In the end Pitt, 31, carded a pair of two-under-par rounds to claim his second Men’s Open championship after also claiming the title in 2007.
A Canadian Tour player from from ’07 to 2011, Pitt says he’s very happy with the way he played and to get his name on the men’s open trophy.
“There are lots of legends on those trophies, guys that have been around,” he said. “It’s always fun to win. I’m happy. I just have to take my mistakes and improve on my game.”
The three players that tied for second all tried to make late charges but fell short.
Yamoaka had birdies on 16 and 17 but made a bogie on the par 5 18th to finish at 2 under par. KGCC member Monteleone also had an opportunity to close the gap but bogeyed hole 17 and narrowly missed his eagle on 18 to also finish at 2 under par. Martin, the 2012 Ogopogo champion started his day one shot back of Pitt but experienced some difficulty and fell back to over par. Then he made a spectacular eagle on the 16th hole to get back to red numbers and a birdie on 18 to finish two shots back at 2 under par.
Winning the Overall Low Net Division with a total score of 6 under par (138) was Point Grey Golf & CC member Ryan Mulhern to edge out Kelowna Golf & Country Club member Wayne Schaeffer by one shot.
Corey Biccum of Shannon Lake earned himself $5,000 cash when he nailed a hole in one on the par 3 second hole.
KGCC general manager David Walker said it was an excellent weekend of golf.
“Overall the tournament was a tremendous success and a great time was had by all 172 players,” said Walker. “The course was in magnificent condition with some saying it was the best they had ever seen it. Thank you to all of the volunteers, staff and members of the course for making it all happen.”