British Columbia Golf Announces Eddie Hogan Team
Roy Kang, Seen Here At The BC Amateur At Fairview Mountain, Is Part Of The BC Team Playing The Eddie Hogan Cup In Portland In August - Image Credit Alfie Lau
by Alfie Lau
They are four of the province’s most promising young golfers and from Aug. 7 to 9, they’ll be representing BC at the 47th Eddie Hogan Cup Team Matches at the Riverside Golf & Country Club in Portland, OR.
Roy Kang of Seymour, Sy Lovan of Capilano, Daniel Sun of the Lab@Northview and Andy Kim of the Wolfpack – and playing out of Redwoods in Langley – comprise the u-17 BC team which will try to wrest the team title away from the 2014 champions, Northern California.
All four players recently completed play at the BC Junior Boys Championship at Osoyoos, with Kang and Kim also playing the BC Amateur at Fairview Mountain.
The players are foregoing both the Canadian Junior Boys in Quebec and the Canadian Amateur in Ontario in August so that they can represent BC at the Eddie Hogan Cup.
The Hogan Cup 36-hole team matches pit the best junior golfers from the Western United States and Canada against each other in a team format with the three lowest scores each day determining the team total. Medals are awarded to the top three teams as well as the top three individuals in the field.
The event began in 1969 in commemoration of the vast achievements and contributions to the sport by Eddie Hogan, a long-time head golf professional who contributed to junior golf for almost 30 years. Hogan was dedicated to helping the Oregon Golf Association develop its widely-recognized junior golf program.
The competition started as one between the Portland Metro All-stars and junior golfers representing the rest of the region. Being selected to compete in Hogan Cup matches is an honour that has been bestowed to few individuals, and the excellence of past participants is indicative of the quality of the small, select field.
For example, the 2014 BC team for the Eddie Hogan featured Shaughnessy’s Diego San Pedro and Alex Francois, along with Marine Drive’s Trevor Yu and Arbutus Ridge’s Tristan Mandur. San Pedro was the highest placing BC golfer last year, finishing 12 strokes behind winner Justin Suh of Northern California. Northern California also won the team competition, with BC finishing T8.
Hogan Cup alumni include tour players such as Bobby Clampett, Fred Couples, Scott Simpson, Rick Fehr, Robert Gamez, Kirk Triplett, Canadian Jim Nelford, Peter Jacobsen, Casey Martin, Jason Gore and Tiger Woods.