Special Olympics BC-Greater Trail golfer Jake Miller hones his putting skills at the Champion Lakes greens in preparation for the Special Olympic BC Summer Games in Kamloops July 6-8.

Trail golfer teeing off at BC Special Olympic Summer Games

Trail Golfer Jake Miller will compete at the SOBC-Summer Games in Kamloops next month.

The 2017 Special Olympic BC Summer Games is coming fast and Special Olympic BC-Greater Trail athletes and coaches are primed and ready to join 1,600 athletes in the province’s largest event of the summer on July 6-8 in Kamloops.

In the upcoming weeks the Trail Times will feature the Special Olympic-Trail teams competing in the SOBC Summer Games that include athletes from golf, bowling, bocce, and swimming.

This week’s team/athlete, representing SOBC-Trail golf, is Jake Miller who has competed on the regional, provincial and national stages in snow-shoeing and floor hockey. Miller won silver with the Team BC Kootenay Storm floor hockey squad at the Special Olympic Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, Nfld. in 2016, and looks to carry that success on to the links.

Golf is a new challenge for Miller and his caddie/mom Rhonda Chandler, who completed the BC Golf Association’s Caddie course in time for the event.

“He’s been working pretty hard,” said Chandler. “Sometimes he needs to concentrate a little more, but he’s been working hard.”

The Trail native is on the course at Champion Lakes Golf Club practicing every week and gets in rounds on the weekend with Chandler to help hone his skills. When asked what his expectations are heading into the Summer Games, Miller was confident and candid.

“I would like to get a gold medal. But it’s going to take some work.”

Miller attended an SOBC-Golf Performance camp in Creston last week, where golf pros put Miller and the other Kootenay golfers through a full-day of intensive practice and drills.

“There were 17 athletes, and it was a long day, from nine in the morning to nine at night,” said Chandler. “The pro spent individual time with each athlete and then they fed us supper at 5:30 p.m. and then sent us out to golf nine holes.”

The performance camp was physically and mentally exhausting but also a good experience for Miller who will play two rounds at the Kamloops Golf and Country Club under a hot Okanagan sun. And, in addition to time on the fairways, Miller is getting a strategic jump on the July competition.

“We’ve already been online and Jake found the website, and we’re looking at each hole and the yardage, so it’s a lot of prep,” added Chandler.

Up to 70 SOBC golfers will tee off at the par-72 course in what is SOBC’s largest Provincial Games golf competition yet.

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

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

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

B.C. Speaker Darryl Plecas resumes battle with suspended staff

Committee meets at B.C. legislature to consider new allegations

Northern B.C. train derailment due to broken axle could happen again: TSB

CN coal train derailment caused by broken axle can happen again without a different way to inspect

Most Read