May 26th, 2014, Victoria, B.C. (VIGolf.ca) – The best amateur golfers from Victoria to Duncan were in action over the weekend as the British Columbia Zone 5 Men’s Amateur Championships were held at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. The Zone 5 Amateur Championships acts as a qualifier for the British Columbia Men’s Amateur Championships which are being played at the Seymour Golf and Country Club July 15th-18th.
The 4th ranked amateur golfer in Canada and Royal Colwood member Kevin Carrigan was victorious after firing two sub par rounds of 68 and 67. Going into this event Carrigan already had an exemption into the B.C. Amateur as he was a top ten finisher last year. The win also secures his spot into the upcoming Bay View Place Island Saving Open presented by the Times Colonist which is next week (June 2nd-8th) at the Uplands Golf Club in Victoria. The tournament is the second stop on the 2014 PGA Tour Canada schedule.
Tristan Mandur was hunting Carrigan all weekend as he put himself into contention to win this event. He was tied at the top of the leader board with Carrigan after the first round but couldn’t match his performance from Saturday and fired an even par 70, and came up three shots short. Because of Carrigan’s exemption into the B.C. Am, Mandur was the first qualifier. Rounding out the rest of the top four who will be a part of the Zone 5 team as they compete in the team event of the B.C Amateur is Lawren Rowen who fired two rounds of 70, Jake Duvall who played the golf course to the tune of +4 with rounds of 71 and 73.
Four person zone teams are named by each zone prior to the start of the tournament. The zone team competition uses the low 3 of 4 scores each day. New for 2014 is the “team competition”, replacing the “club team competition”. Players may make up their own 2-man teams from the field. This championship is a best ball conducted over 72 holes. The top 5 teams from the first 36 holes will be confirmed into the draw, regardless as to whether the players are in the top 70 or not.
Because of declining membership within in the Zone this year, British Columbia Golf reserved 18 spots into 112th B.C Amateur Championship which is down from 24 from a few years ago. Gorge Vale member Brent Wilson, who like Carrigan, already had an exemption into this years B.C. AM from a top ten finish last year, finished in a tie for 4th which opened up one more spot to successfully qualify.
The BC Men’s Amateur Championship is open to 156 amateur golfers who are exempt or have qualified through their zone. The event is 72 holes of stroke play with a cut to 70 and ties after 36 holes. The Zone Team Championship is held concurrently with the first and second rounds of the BC Amateur.
Full tournament results and who officially qualified for the 2014 B.C. AM can be found here: