Vancouver Island Dominates At BC Mid Amateur

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Greg Koster Said Afte His Win, 'All my friends' names are on this trophy. It will be nice to see mine there too.' - All Images Credit Jeff Sutherland
By Jeff Sutherland with excerpts from www.golfbritishcolumbia.ca

Cowichan G&CC played host to the BC Mid Amateur June 7-9 and Crown Isle's Greg Koster has finally won his first title.The next seven finishers also hailed from up and down the island.

British Columbia’s top mid-amateur men came together June 7-9 to contest the 2010 BC Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Duncan's Cowichan Golf & Country Club.

The championship consists of two divisions; the Mid Amateur Division for those between 25 and 39 and the Master 40 Division for those 40 and over.

Aside from the two individual titles, also at stake were spots on the Mid-Amateur Inter-provincial Team that will go to to Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Gatineau, Quebec this August for the national championship.

In all, a field of 91 players over the age of 25 competed over the par 70, 6200 yard AV Macan design in a gross score competition over three rounds.

Coming in, the players to watch included defending champion Ben Griffin of Victoria, B.C., 2008 Master 40 champion and 2008 Mid-Amateur runner-up Sandy Harper of Nanaimo, Steve Berry of Sooke, who won the event in 1994 and 1997 and was also the BC Amateur champion in 1984 as well as the 2000 BC AM champ, Don Gowan of Victoria.

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Saare Adams Led After Round One
The White/Haddrell Club Team Championship would be held coincidentally with the first and second rounds. Two-man club teams are formed after the first round by taking the two players with the lowest score from each club with two or more competitors.

At the end of day one, ex UVIC team member Saare Adams of Victoria, B.C. sat alone atop the leaderboard with 2-under 68.

Craig Doell of Victoria was two shots back at even-par 70 for second followed by Steve Berry of Sooke in third at 1-over 71.

It was on day two that eventual winner, Greg Koster, of Courtenay moved into the top spot.

Koster, who was in a seven-way tie for fifth after round one, carded four birdies and one eagle for a 29 over Cowichan's front nine. By day's end, Koster had fired a 6-under par 64 for the low round of the tournament and was at 3-under 137 for the championship.

Berry ended the day only one shot behind after shooting a 3-under 67 while Adams dropped to third at 1-under 139 followed by defending champion, Ben Griffin in fourth at 1-over 141.
 
With two players in the top two spots after day one, it came as no surprise that Craig Doell and Saare Adams of Victoria Golf Club held on to claim the White/Haddrell Club Team Championship at 1-over 281.

With four players within five shots going into the round three, there was no guarantee that Greg Koster would have his name etched on the Mid Am trophy and past history was not going to make the job any easier.

Koster has always been competitive whenever he had tee'd it up in the Mid Am but he was close to getting that dreaded moniker of "the best player never to have won".

Coming into Duncan, he had placed in the top ten seven times and had finished fifth twice. Last year he came even closer ending runner up to Ben Griffin in a thrilling finish.

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