The 2015 BCGA Zone 1 - East Kootenay Qualifier was hosted by Cranbrook Golf Club and Bootleg Gap Golf Course on May 30 and 31. Back row (L to R): Mike Pearson (Fernie)

The 2015 BCGA Zone 1 - East Kootenay Qualifier was hosted by Cranbrook Golf Club and Bootleg Gap Golf Course on May 30 and 31. Back row (L to R): Mike Pearson (Fernie)

Zone 1 – East Kootenay men’s golf team finalized for B.C. Amateur

Cranbrook & Kimberley golfers to represent region at provincial tournament in Oliver from July 14 to 17

The British Columbia Golf Association (BCGA) Zone 1 – East Kootenay Qualifier was hosted at Cranbrook Golf Club and Bootleg Gap Golf Course May 30 and 31, with four local linksters booking tickets to the 113th B.C. Amateur Championship.

Scott Merriam (Cranbrook), Russell du Toit (Kimberley), Jake Bowes (Kimberley) and Justin Sawley (Kimberley) were the top-four finishers at the qualifier event and will move on to join Kimberley’s Jared du Toit in representing the zone at the 2015 B.C. Amateur Championship at Fairview Mountain Golf Course in Oliver from July 14 to 17.

With 12 competitors ranging from ages 17 through 60, the opening round of the Zone 1 qualifier was hosted at Cranbrook Golf Club on May 30.

Rain put a damper on the opening round, in which Merriam and Bowes each carded 74s to share a tie atop the leaderboard.

The final round of the qualifier was hosted by Bootleg Gap Golf Course on May 31.

A second-round 71 by Russell du Toit vaulted him into a tie for first place with Merriam, who registered a 75. The two came into the clubhouse each with a two-round total of 149.

Bowes registered a 78 to finish in third place with a two-day total of 152.

Sawley rounded out the qualifying crew with a total score of 159 (79, 80).

Next up for BCGA Zone 1 is the East Kootenay Senior Qualifier, slated for June 24 and 25 at St. Eugene Golf Resort.

The senior qualifier is open to competitors aged 55 and older as of the opening round of the tournament.

The top four qualifiers advance to the BCGA Men’s Senior Championship at Swan-e-set Bay Resort and Country Club in Pitt Meadows (July 28 to 30).

To register for the senior men’s qualifier contact John Ought, BCGA Zone 1 – East Kootenay chairman, via email (jajrkim@gmail.com) or by phone (250-602-9444).

Registration deadline for the East Kootenay Senior Qualifier is Wednesday, June 17.