Two Kelowna teams have punched their tickets to a national golf championship.
James Grassie, Brent Carlin, Brian Menzies, Tanner Kozak and PGA of Canada Professional Conner Kozak won the B.C. east regional final of the RBC PGA Scramble last Thursday at Okanagan Golf Club, the team’s home course.
A team representing Shadow Ridge Golf Club made up of golfers Bryan Froese, Dustin Ferbey, Andy Hill, BJ Hill and PGA of Canada Professional Mark Kitts finished second in the 18 team tournament.
By placing in the top two, both groups have earned a trip to the national final at the prestigious Cabot Links Golf Course in Inverness, Nova Scotia, in early October.
“It was awesome. We had a really fun day, and it was a well run tournament,” Conner Kozak said. “I don’t think it could have gone much better.”
The teams qualified for the 18-hole RBC PGA Scramble regional tournament by winning their local qualifier at their home courses. The team-focused scramble format considers the handicap of each golfer when calculating its final score, allowing anyone who has a registered Golf Canada handicap the chance to participate and win.
“It was a really great time. I would encourage anybody to sign up,” Carlin said. “Put a team in, have some fun, and give it a shot.”
The groups will compete against 14 teams from all over the country at the October final.
For more information on the RBC PGA Scramble, rbcpgascramble.com.