B.C. golfers will have some Yukon talent to contend with this summer during the B.C. Golf Association amateur championship tournaments.
Whitehorse golfers Blaine Tessier, Trever Harris and Tom Amson will be representing the Yukon in three amateur opens.
Harris and Tessier secured their spots at the BCGA qualifier event this past weekend at Mountain View Golf Club.
Tessier hit a 76 and an 81 to finish second, two strokes behind four-time Yukon champ Phil Mullin, who decided not to take the spot at the BCGA Amateur Championship at Swan-e-set Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows at the end of July. Tessier is a multiple-time winner of the Yukon championships, last winning in 2010 with a combined score of 144 over two rounds. He competed at the B.C. amateur open in 2008 and was five strokes from making the cut.
Placing third over the weekend in the men’s competition was Dan King with a 77 and 85, a spot up from Landon Kulych with an 80 and 83. Also competing were Matthew Gibson (88, 86) and Marcel Barrault (89, 89).
It will be Harris’ second-consecutive time competing on behalf of the Yukon at the BCGA Junior Championships, this year being held at the Sunshine Coast Golf & Country Club in Roberts Creek, July 10-13. Last year he missed the cut by two strokes.
“It was the first big tournament I ever played in and it was a great experience,” said Harris.
Harris secured the spot with an 89 Saturday and an 86 Sunday. Also vying for the spot were Parker Olson (95, 93) and James McGrath (92, 99).
Harris, who is currently attending the Brent Morrison Golf Academy on Vancouver Island, finished second for juniors at Yukon Golf Championships the last two years. The 15-year-old finished second in a tournament at the Comox Golf Club a couple months ago.
“That’s my goal: to make the cut at juniors,” said Harris. “My score has improved a fair bit since I’ve been here (at the golf academy).”
It is also Amson’s second time competing at the B.C. championships. Amson, who missed the cut by two strokes last year, will be competing at the BCGA Senior Golf Championships July 16-18 at the Nanaimo Golf Club.
“I didn’t make the cut (last year), but it was great,” said Amson.
With more space available in the senior division, Amson didn’t need to qualify this past weekend. But his 4.4 index handicap has placed him on a team for Zone 8, which includes Yukon and northern B.C.
“I’m actually on a team this year, so that’s a little more incentive,” said Amson. “When you’re all alone it’s tough.”
Last year Amson finished third at the Yukon Golf Championships in the senior men’s division.
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