Rossland-Trail Open hits fairways Friday

The Birchbank Golf Course is welcoming over 100 golfers to compete in its 70th annual Rossland-Trail Birchbank Men’s Open this weekend

The Birchbank Golf Course is welcoming over 100 golfers to compete in its 70th annual Rossland-Trail Birchbank Men’s Open this weekend at the Trail course.

“We have a 112 registered so far,” said Birchbank club professional and manager Dennis Bradley. “We got lots from the States, lots from Alberta, Vancouver, all over B.C.”

The field includes the complete final grouping from the 2013 championship. Returning champion and Trail native, Dan Dupuis, who now resides in Powell River will look to reclaim the Open title. The former Canadian Tour pro shot a scorching 7-under 65 in his third round to win it with a score of 11-under 205.  Runner-up Finlay Young from Scotland, and local golfers Kevin Hogg and Tyler McKay will also tee off in this year’s championship, in addition to Senior Men’s winner Brad Harding of Fruitvale.

The three-day event starts on Friday with a practice round going Thursday. The 54-hole championship also includes prizes for gross and net score for each flight, a seniors division for 50-plus, in addition to honey and deuce pots, and optional skins game and a two-man horse race going tonight at 6 p.m.

Dinner is included on Friday and Saturday night with the golfers teeing off at 8 a.m. each day of the tournament.

Spectators are welcome.