Whitehorse golfer Landon Kulych is on a roll spanning two seasons.
The 28-year-old teed off a new competitive season with a win in the second annual Mountain View Golf Course Open over the weekend.
It’s his third tournament win in a row having won his second Yukon title last July and his sixth club title in August.
“What a battle today!” said Kulych. “I prepared today to be protecting a lead and the lead was gone after two holes. I spent the whole day trying to claw my way back into it. I managed to get the lead back on the 15th hole and just held on to the end.”
After hitting a 73 on Saturday for a four-stroke lead, Kulych opened Sunday with a pair double bogeys and finished the front nine with a 45. He got back on track with a 37 on the back, scoring an 82 on the day and a combined 155 on the weekend to win low gross in the championship flight.
“I got really lucky with a 30-foot side-hill putt for birdie on 13,” said Kulych. “It probably should have gone 15 feet past but caught the hole and somehow went in. So the putter got me out of some trouble today, some of my iron play got me into a lot of trouble.
“It was pretty breezy out today but the course was playing great. The greens were rolling great. We have phenomenal conditions for early June.”
2014 Yukon champ Dan King placed second in low gross with a combined 159. Matt Gibson came third at 163.
James McGrath, last year’s runner-up at the Yukon championship, had the second lowest score with a 157 after two rounds and placed first in low net at 145. Sheldon King took second in low net at 147 ahead of Durand Cornett at 148.
The Mountain View Open is a qualifier event for the B.C. Amateur Golf Championship next month and it hasn’t been determined who will take Yukon’s one spot. Kulych will be getting married in Hawaii at the time.
“I am coming back two days before club championships,” he added.
Dave Ecker penciled in an 86 and 85 for a combined 171 to place first in low gross for senior men. Vic Istchenko came second 10 strokes back. Stan Dorosz grabbed first in low net with a score of 148, a stroke ahead of Harry Kulych.
Nancy MacMillan, the lone competitor in the open women’s division, carded a 96 and 89 for a 185 together.
Jim Connell shot an 86 and 89 for first in low gross for the open men’s first flight. Kurt Fraser placed first in low net at 147.
“I should give a shout out to (club pro) Graham (Frey),” said Landon. “In the last three months Graham has probably spent 40 hours with me working on my game. We’ve been working all year and all summer and he’s helped my swing get on a plain where I’m hitting the ball better than I’ve ever hit it before. It’s really nice to have a coach like him up here.”
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