Garrett Kucher eagled the first hole of the Wonowon Water Services Invitational Golf Tournament at the Lakepoint Golf and Country Club in Fort St. John on Tuesday and never looked back, cruising to his second victory of the season on the Vancouver Golf Tour (VGT).
The Trail native sunk his third shot on the 529-yard par-5 first hole for eagle, and repeated it the next day, shooting rounds of 4-under 68 Tuesday and 3-under 69 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 7-under 137 to win the sixth and final Major of the VGT spring/summer championship.
On Day 1, after eagling the first hole, Kucher went bogie-free on the front nine to sit at 2-under. He then birdied 14, 16, and 17 with just one blemish on the par-3 15th to finish at 4-under and lead the field.
“It wasn’t the best score I shot, but I definitely beat a pretty strong field because Oliver Tubb came in second and he has won the last two events,” said Kucher from his home in Chilliwack on Thursday.
Tubb shot a 4-under, 140 total to finish runner up, but made it close in round two after four birdies on the front nine. But Kucher again replied, eagling the first hole to go to 6-under. Yet, after a birdie on the 12th hole, the former Selkirk College Saints hockey player bogied 13 and double-bogied 14, to lead Tubb by just one shot. But birdies on 17 and 18 secured Kucher’s three-shot victory for his second Tour win.
“I don’t know how I feel right now,” said Kucher. “It was a pretty long night. I didn’t even get to celebrate, I just hopped in the car and drove 12 hours (to Chilliwack). And now I’m just regrouping and going to drive there (Trail) from Vancouver.”
Kucher was in a hurry to get back to his home in Chilliwack and then drive to Trail Thursday afternoon for the 72nd annual Rossland-Trail Men’s Open that starts today at the Birchbank Golf Course.