After squeaking into a playoff hole that featured a three-way tie, Kimberley golfer Jared DuToit emerged as the B.C. Junior Boys champion at the Revelstoke Golf Coures.
DuToit, trailing by two strokes heading into the final round on Friday, played lights out right to the very end, tying a course record by shooting seven under par for a score of 65.
Indeed, his fate came right down to the final hole as he trailed by only a stroke at the time, making an all-important birdie while both co-leaders, Kevin Vigna and Jordan Lu, settled for par which set up the playoff.
In front of a crowd of roughly 100 spectators, the three went to work on the 16th hole—a 405 par-4 to settle it all for the championship.
Vigna and Lu had trouble with their tee shots, but duToit outdrove both his competitors by 40 yards, placing it right in the middle of the fairway. He put himself just off the green with a wedge on the approach shot, and chipped to within four feet of the pin to putt for par.
The tee shots for both Vigna and Lu caused enough problems that made them post a bogey, sealing it up for duToit.
Over the course of the tournament, duToit shot 71-68-73-65, and led the field after the second day. The third round he struggled, and dropped down to fourth, but stormed back on the final round to earn his championship title.
After his third round, he came out guns blazing for the final 18 holes, posting three birdies in his first four holes, including the par-5 460 yard open hole—a feat he accomplished in every single round.
“I started out playing well,” said duToit. “I started out birdie-birdie then kind of scraped around.”
“I made only one bogey on five, then carried on to the back nine. Made three birdies and a nice one on 18 to kind of seal the deal and get myself into the playoff.”
While duToit put himself into the playoff on the final hole with a birdie, it almost didn’t happen as Vigna and Lu had birdie putts, but couldn’t convert. Vigna had a heartbreaker, as the putt that could’ve ended it all stopped three inches from the hole.
“Kevin put his putt right in the jaws, just short,” said duToit. “I guess that was unfortunate for him, but it worked out well for me and Jordan.”
The win for duToit, along with second and third honours for Vigna and Lu, put them onto Team B.C., and they will represent the province at the upcoming Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship in Garson, Ontario, at the Timberwolf Golf Club.