The folks at home were cheering on Jeremy Osborne during the past week, as he soared to the top of the leaderboard during the first two rounds of the 109th BC Amateur Golf Championship at The Dunes at Kamloops.
“We’re pretty excited up here,” said Salmon Arm Golf Club general manager Doug Herron Thursday. “We’re pretty proud. It’s good for Jeremy to get some recognition outside this area.”
Osborne struggled with a few holes during the third and fourth rounds, so he wasn’t able to maintain his top-two placing. Overall, he shot a six-under-par 66 on the first round, a one-under-71 on the second, and a 78 and 77 respectively on the third and fourth rounds.
Herron surmised that Osborne might get tired, because he’d just tied for second in the 60th Annual Ogopogo Invitational on July 9. Then, Sunday, he was runner-up at the Salmon Arm Golf Club’s Zone Two Ladies and Men’s Club Champions Tournament.
Herron says Osborne was a talented junior golfer, has been a member for 15 or 20 years and is very dedicated to the game.
“He works tremendously hard on his game,” Herron said. “It’s good to see all the hard work he’s put in… is paying off.”
In the end, David Rose of West Van topped the leaderboard with 275.
Osborne, too, says the nine of 10 days playing very competitive golf probably contributed to his third and fourth rounds.
“I could feel my swing falling apart and my mind with it.”
He views it with good humour, saying it was a wonderful experience, with people calling and texting him to add their support.
Osborne’s now ready to do it all again.
“I’ve dusted myself off and stopped the brain hemorrhage,” he quipped.
He’ll compete in a Kamloops tournament July 30 and another in Kelowna Aug. 15.