Roxburgh Takes First Round Lead At B.C. Senior Men's Championship

Vancouver's Doug Roxburgh Is In A Familiar Place At The Top Of The Leaderboard In A British Columbia Golf Championship - Golf Canada File Image

By Brad Ziemer/British Columbia Golf

Doug Roxburgh came within one shot of shooting his age in Tuesday’s first round of the B.C. Senior Men’s Championship at Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton.

Roxburgh, the defending champion, fired a five-under 67 to grab a three-shot lead on two other past champions, Harry Ferguson of Invermere and Sandy Harper of Nanaimo.

Roxburgh, who turns 67 in December, had seven birdies and two bogeys in his round. The Marine Drive Golf Club member is seeking his fourth B.C. Senior Men’s championship. He won last year’s championship at Myrtle Point Golf Course in Powell River.

Roxburgh, a 13-time winner of the B.C. Amateur Championship, arrived at Big Sky in good form. Playing in his 52nd straight B.C. Amateur last week at Rivershore Golf Links in Kamloops, Roxburgh tied for 27th place and closed that tournament with an even-par 72.

Harper’s two-under 70 included a hole-in-one on Big Sky’s fifth hole. Bill MacPherson of Victoria and another past champion, John Gallacher of Burnaby, are tied for fourth place at one-under par. Norm Bradley of Kelowna is alone in sixth place after an even-par 72.

The 54-hole event continues through Thursday. The top three finishers will represent B.C. at the Canadian Senior Men’s Championship, which goes Sept. 4-7 in Bathurst, N.B.

For complete scoring from the B.C. Senior Men's Championship click HERE.