Doell Captures BothTitles At British Columbia Golf Mid-Amateur & Mid-Master Championships
June 6, 2014 - (British Columbia Golf) PEMBERTON, B.C. – Craig Doell defeated Patrick Weeks on the first hole of a playoff to win the 29th British Columbia Golf Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Big Sky Golf Club.
Doell’s double-bogey on the 17th combined with a birdie by Weeks on 18, left the two competitors tied at 1-under for the tournament, forcing a sudden death playoff starting on 17 and then playing 18 until a conclusion.
Doell then capitalized on the opportunity to redeem himself at 17, by taking the playoff with a par on the first extra hole.
“I had played well all day and it was just a matter of keeping doing what I was doing all day and hitting good shots. It worked out well in the playoff so I was happy to get the ‘W’,” said Doell after the round.
The Victoria Golf Club member led the championship through all three rounds of play but Weeks, out of Shaughnessy Golf Club, posted the low score of the day on Wednesday with a 3-under par 69, putting him just one back of the leader going into the final round.
Rounding out the top three in the Mid-Amateur category was Sandy Harper of Nanaimo Golf Club. Posting scores of 71-74-72, Harper stayed near the top of the leaderboard during the course of the championship and solidified his place with an impressive six birdies during the final round finishing 1-over. The top three finishers earned a spot on the provincial team that would attend Nationals in September in Barrie, ON.
In addition to taking the title in the Mid-Amateur category and winning his first British Columbia Golf event, Doell also placed first in the Mid-Master Championship with his score of 215 (69-73-73).
Just two strokes back in second place was Harper, Doell’s fellow PNGA Cup teammate, who started his third round off well by going out in 2-under 34 and eventually finishing at even par for the day.
Kevin Campbell of Alberta’s Blackhawk Golf Club played consistently despite the challenges of a heavy wind over the three days, finishing third in the Mid-Master Category with a total of (+6) 222 (72-75-75).
The first-ever winners of the best-ball competition, new in 2014, were Mark Heinrich of Langley and Chris Moore of Vancouver. The pair posted a combined 16-under to win the event by two strokes; 16 birdies and an eagle highlighted the win. There was a three-way tie for second with each team finishing at 14-under (202).
Michael Moore of Duncan and Rob Lokken of Victoria combined for an impressive 18 birdies. Lance Lundy of Pemberton and Sandy Harper put together 16 birdies with only two bogeys marring their scorecard.
The final team to share silver in the event was Brent Wilson and the ubiquitous Doell, who teamed up to record 16 birdies and an eagle, propelling them into the tie for second.