Greater Trail golfer Garrett Kucher won his second consecutive Rattlesnake Open in Osoyoos on Sunday, shooting 1-under 142 in the two-day tournament.

Greater Trail golfer rallies for second straight win at Rattlesnake Open

Garrett Kucher broke away from the pack in the final three holes to win the Rattlesnake Open

Greater Trail golfer Garrett Kucher shot lights out when it mattered most, winning the Rattlesnake Open in Osoyoos on Sunday.

Kucher eagled the par-5, 16, and birdied 17 at the Park Meadows Course to finish with a two-day total of one-under-par 142 for his second straight victory at Rattlesnake.

“A win is always good,” said Kucher. “It was getting pretty close down the stretch and then I ended up making eagle and birdie to solidify the win … but it was cold and windy, it was a test.”

The 26-year-old shot an opening round 70 on the par-71 Dessert Gold Course Saturday and followed that up with an even-par 72 Sunday on the par-72 Park Meadows Course, the two tracks that comprise the Osoyoos Golf and Country Club.

Kucher beat runner-up Tony Bulmer (146) by four shots, and third place golfers Norm Bradley and Dan Swanson who finished six back.

Kucher made bogies on 11 and 13 that cut his lead to one stroke, but regained his form with a huge iron shot on 16 to set up the eagle.

“On 16th, I probably hit the shot of the weekend. I had 220 in and hit five iron to about three feet and made the eagle.”

Off the course, Kucher and his family have been dealing with the difficult spectre of cancer, currently affecting both his grandfathers. So on Sunday, Kucher dedicated his win to his family.

“I played for my grampas today,” Kucher told Osoyoos Today. “They’re both having a battle with cancer right now, so it was really nice to have some success for them.

“I wore my cancer pin all weekend.”

Kucher expects to join the European Challenge Tour, similar to the Web.com Tour in North America, and is waiting for the call for his first tee-off time.

“I’m trying to make it a full-time deal over there and this is the start of the process,” said Kucher. “I’ve jumped the first hurdle of getting a card.”

Until then, Kucher plans to play matches on the Vancouver Golf Tour and a couple of Canada’s McKenzie Tour starts.

“I’m going from there and working hard at it,” said Kucher. “I’m excited to start the journey and climb the ranks.”



sports@trailtimes.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Trail house fire under investigation

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue responded early Monday

New head of library services at Trail Riverfront Centre

Samantha Murphy filled various positions at the Trail library over the past 5 years

St. Michael’s KIDS Care Centre and Little Saints kindergarten celebrated

Little Saints Junior Kindergarten will be ready to go this fall

Historic maps reveal obscure Arrow Lake place names

Place Names: Little-known Arrow Lakes names

A hint of NHL favoritism?

“There will certainly be lots of side stories, bottom stories, involved to draw my attention.”

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read