Garrett Kucher wins Rattlesnake Open

Greater Trail golfer shoots 2-under par for the victory at Osoyoos Golf Club

Golfer Garrett Kucher returned to his former home and played flawless golf with a five-stroke victory at the 2018 Rattlesnake Men’s Open at the Osoyoos Golf Course on the weekend.

The Greater Trail native now plays out of Predator Ridge as a golf ambassador and carded a two-under-par 141 over 36 holes of play to top the 225-player field.

“I like the course. I’ve played it so much that I’m just comfortable on the tee,” Kucher told the Osoyoos Times on Sunday. “That’s an advantage because I hit it a long way. I can take advantage of drivable par fours or go for it on par fives.

“I know when to turn the green light on and when not to, where some guys don’t have the experience of being around the club.”

Kucher’s best shot of the day may have been a tee shot to the third green that left him a tap-in for birdie.

Kucher won a pair of back-to-back Canadian Desert Invitational Pro-Ams a couple of years ago but his experience on the Osoyoos course goes back to when he played for the Osoyoos Coyotes in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

“I used to work at the course,” he said. “And when I wasn’t working, I was playing.”

Kucher has been impressive since taking a swing at professional golf more than two years ago, and will continue to pursue his dream, but added that the Rattlesnake was a don’t-miss for him.

“This one’s big for me because the members are phenomenal and I do like to call this place home,” he said. “The atmosphere is great; the course is in phenomenal shape.”

Kucher says he plans to play all the Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT) events this season, in addition to stops on Canada’s McKenzie Tour, before leaving for Europe in September for the European Q School.

The 25-year-old former Trail Orioles shortstop finished tied for fifth at the VGT stop at the Ledgeview Classic on Apr. 4 with a 1-under 69, three shots back of winner Kevin Stinson. The next weekend he came in tied for sixth with a 3-under 69 at Pagoda Ridge, three shots back of Michael Belle.

After six events, Kucher currently sits in 15th out of 90 players in the VGT Cleveland/Srixon Order of Merit standings.

Just Posted

Senior curling provincials setting up for exciting finish

Standings tight as Senior curling teams push for provincial playoffs

Rescued snowmobilers ill-prepared for emergency, Castlegar RCMP say

Two men rescued Wednesday night were not ready for overnight in back country

Police share more details on occupants and suspicious van in Fruitvale

Vehicle in question offered young girl a ride to school on Feb. 19

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Parity prevails at BC Senior Curling championship

Teams go toe-to-toe in second Draw at the BC Senior Curling Championship

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Galchenyuk scores in OT as Coyotes edge Canucks 3-2

Vancouver manages single point as NHL playoff chase continues

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

More people signing up for compulsory vaccines

Maple Ridge mom says public tired of hearing about measles

UPDATE: Man charged in stabbing of woman, off-duty cop outside B.C. elementary school

Manoj George, 49, is facing two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of assault with a weapon after the incident on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Most Read