Lancaster putts his way to victory

Brooks Lancaster won the Jackson Triggs Men's Open in a two-hole playoff at the Penticton Golf and Country Club

BROOKS LANCASTER of Penticton

BROOKS LANCASTER of Penticton

Brooks Lancaster said it feels good to be back on top.

It’s been nine years since the Penticton resident won the Penticton Golf and Country Club’s Jackson Triggs Men’s Open.

Lancaster prevailed on the second playoff hole as he birdied to defeat fellow PGCC member Matt Hopkins on July 18. Both scored 215 over the three days, with Lancaster shooting four over par with 74 strokes in the final round. Lancaster said the final day was harder.

“Course conditions were so tough. It was just nice to earn it on the second playoff hole,” said Lancaster. “He (Hopkins) played well. It could have gone either way. It was a great way to finish with a birdie.”

Along with a competitive field, Lancaster said the course was the toughest it has been to play in the 29 years he has been a member. With the greens dry, Lancaster said that made it difficult to get balls close for putts. Mistakes had to be limited and it was a matter of finishing chances that were there.

The overall low net winner was Delta’s Ben Zerdin carding 207. Taking the first division low gross was Kim Dixon at 216, followed by Bear Mountain’s Eric Seider, Rob Tadey from Fairview Mountan and Rio McLeod of PGCC. Ray Henry of Bear Mountain was first in low net at 218.

Lancaster has played the championship several times and what he really enjoys is seeing visitors enter. It gives him a chance to socialize with them he said. Lancaster received a 50-inch TV for winning. The prize was perfect as Lancaster was looking for a new TV. He credited the staff at PGCC for their work putting on the tournament and the volunteers.

“Numbers are increasing,” he said. “It goes to show the tournament is moving in the right direction.”