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Drew Bolokoski looking forward to defending his title at upcoming Pro-Am tournament
As the head professional at the Osoyoos Golf Club, Drew Bolokoski always looks forward to organizing and playing in the annual Canadian Desert Invitational Pro-Am tournament.
As the defending champion, Bolokoski is looking forward to the 2013 tournament – which kicks off next Wednesday with a practice round and continues Thursday and Friday – with great anticipation.
Bolokoski, who was an assistant pro for 13 years before taking over as head professional two years ago, recorded his first win as a member of the Professional Golfers Association of B.C. on his home course last September.
Bolokoski won the title by edging Osoyoos Golf Club assistant pro Andrew Goncalves by a single stroke during the two-day tournament.
After recording his second professional victory only a few weeks ago at the Nk’Mip Golf Club Open in Oliver, Bolokoski said he’s ready and willing to take on all challengers.
“I’m playing very well right now and looking forward to defending my title,” he said. “It’s not going to be easy because there are a lot of good pros coming for this year’s tournament, but it should be fun.”
The tournament format will continue to see one professional golfer play with four amateurs.
The professional plays his own ball, while the other four team members play a scramble format.
The pro has to “putt out” and finish each hole on his own, but can help out on the greens by hitting putts as part of his team.
“The pros have to finish each hole on their own, but can help out on the green by hitting putts once they’ve holed out their own putts,” said Bolokoski. “The score registered by the pro on each hole can count towards the team score if it’s lower than the team score.”
Bolokoski said he expects between 24 and 28 teams of five to participate in this year’s event.
“Most of the pros coming to town usually bring one male and one female golfer from their home course to the tournament and the teams are then filled out with local golfers from our club,” he said.
Pros from around the province are once again expected to come to Osoyoos for the tournament, he said.
The event kicks off with a practice round and wine and cheese social on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
All participants will play the Desert Golf course on Thursday, Sept. 12 and finish the tournament on Friday, Sept. 13 by playing the Park Meadows course.
While this is a fun event for everyone involved, the pros are here to win and will be trying their best to wrestle his title away, said Bolokoski.
“There’s usually some very good golf going on and there’s always going to be competition when you get a bunch of pro golfers on the same course,” he said. “All of the guys coming are club pros and we don’t have any pros from the Canadian tour, but there are some really quality players coming to town again this year. It should be fun.”
All golf fans are more than welcome to take in the action.