Abbotsford resident Daniel Swanson rode some of his local knowledge to post the lowest score (213) at the B.C. Mid-Amateur and Mid-Master Championships, which occurred at Ledgeview Golf and Country Club from May 28 to 30.
Swanson clutched up in the final round, being the lone player to shoot under par with a -3 (67) to narrowly edge out Richmond’s Mike Aizawa by one stroke overall.
His third round featured an impressive seven birdies, including four in the back nine and a birdie on the 18th hole to clinch the win.
Swanson shot 73 on both round one and round two of the event, before the third-round exclamation point.
The former collegiate golf star at the University of Texas-El Paso spent three years on the Canadian Tour and played in one Canadian Open, before stepping away from the professional ranks. He also served as the head pro at Guildford Golf and Country Club in Surrey. Last year he registered as an amateur, and has been competing regularly on the local scene.
Kelowna’s Stewart Scott finished third for the amateurs with a three-round total of 217. Abbotsford’s Malachy Hagan finished fourth overall at 218, and had a strong round two as he collected five birdies and shot a 69. Abbotsford’s Dean Huston also finished tied for 10th, posting 222 over the three days.
Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay finished first in the mid-amateur women’s division, with a total of 218. She shot 73-71-74,and finished a comfortable five strokes up on Port Alberni’s Christina Proteau. Vancouver’s Nonie Marler finished third at 231.
For complete results from the event, go to golfcanada.bluegolf.com.
An estimated 156 players are set to hit the links, including players from B.C., Alberta and Washington State. The event is free for spectators, and is the fifth stop on the VGT major series, which is the largest golf tour in Western Canada outside of the PGA Tour Canada.
For more on that tournament, visit vancouvergolftour.com.