Daniel Brown Wins B.C. Amateur

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Dan Brown's Final Putt At The 2009 B.C. Amateur - All Images Credit Jeff Sutherland
by Jeff Sutherland

The 108th BC Amateur is now in the books and Kelowna resident, Daniel Brown came from behind to take home the title.

The 26-year old originally from Creston, BC started the final round at Duncan Meadows golf course on Vancouver Island three shots back of third round leader Brady Johnson, a member of nearby Royal Colwood in Victoria.

Brown started his fourth round with a birdie on the first and then got up and down twice in the next three holes.

"Getting out of the gate with a birdie is always good and saving par on two and four gave me the confidence to know that my pitching was going to be good all day," Brown recalled after finishing.

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Brady's Final Putt During His Second Round Course Record 65
He followed up with another tap-in birdie on the fifth and two more on #7 and #9 to move to 10-under.

This stirring opening nine would actually leave him two more shots behind Brady Johnson who had birdied three straight holes from #5 through #7 after eagling the first, moving him to a stunning 15-under par for the tournament.

Brady had already served notice earlier this year that he was a player to watch when he finished runner-up at the Victoria Canadian Tour stop held at the Uplands Golf Club.

He then followed this up by shooting a Duncan Meadows championship tee course record 65 during the second round.

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Doug Roxburgh Played The First Round With Darren Wallace (shown) and Eugene Wong
Duncan Meadows has been termed a strong "technical" course by both Doug Roxburgh and PGA Tour player Frank Lickliter, where keeping your ball below the hole will generally lead to good scores.

Coming into the tournament, it was expected that the province's top players would be able to post a lot of red numbers over the par 72, 6750 yard layout.

The course was in top condition and some recent rain had made the greens quite receptive, at least during the early rounds.

But by the final day, a week of 25 plus degree Celcius weather was firming up both fairways and greens and like Augusta, this tournament does not really start until the back nine in the final round.

Holes #13, #14 and #15 are an 'Amen Corner' where the tournament cannot be easily won, but it can most certainly be lost.

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A Triple Bogey 13th Derailed Brady Johnson's Chances For An Easy Victory
After missing a short birdie putt on the par-five 12th, on the 450-yard par-four 13th, Johnson lost his tee shot right in a hazard and then after taking a drop on a fairly severe side slope put a second ball in a pond 30 yards further on. By the time he had putted out he had carded a triple-bogey seven.

Brown had been witness to all this from the nearby par-three 14th green where he was making a three-putt bogey of his own.

But previous birdies at 12 and 13 had moved him to minus-eleven and meant that Johnson's lead was now only a slim two strokes.

After missing makeable birdie putts at both #15 and #17, Brown would find himself behind a tree 115 yards from the green on Duncan Meadows' par-four, 400-yard finishing hole.

He talked about the shot after the round.

"I was behind this tree in heavy rough and needed to keep the ball underneath the branches while using enough loft to make sure I did not run through the green."

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