Troy Bulmer’s patience paid off at Kelowna Golf and Country Club on the weekend.
After two days of unsettled weather, the skies cleared and the 162-player field enjoyed a beautiful day of golf in the final round of the 68th annual Ogopogo Invitational golf championship.
Few enjoyed it more than Bulmer, who’s 9-under par 207 was two strokes better than Jason Monteleone.
Heading into the final round, Monteleone of the KGCC and Nathan Ward of Summerland were tied for the lead at 9-under.
Bulmer of Predator Ridge was four shots back. Monteleone got off to a fast start and birdied holes 1 and 3 to get to 11 under par, but then made a double bogey at the fifth to cool his round off.
While this was happening, Bulmer was quietly going about his business and carded six birdies in the first 11 holes to get to 11 under par while Monteleone made a few bogeys to sit at 6 under through 11.
Bulmer had a bit of a slip up on No. 13 and made a double bogey and a bogey on the par 5, 16th.
In the end, the lead he had built turned out to be too much for any of the others to catch, and Monteleone made a birdie on the final hole to clinch second outright, but it was not enough to catch Bulmer who birdied the final hole to finish the tournament at 9-under.
KGCC’s Norm Bradley finished the tournament in third place at 6 under par while Keith Martin and Nathan Ward finished in a tie for fourth.
The overall low net trophy was won by Vancouver Golf Club’s Jason Groshak. The Interior amateur trophy was secured by Monteleone for his 10th win in the category.
Eight-time champion Doug Roxburgh was the overall senior champion.