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Fairview Mountain Golf Club pro thrilled to finally win Osoyoos CDI Pro-Am tournament
After finishing as the runner-up at the Canadian Desert Invitational (CDI) Pro-Am on four separate occasions, Brian McDonald said winning the Osoyoos tournament has been a top priority in his golfing career.
The head professional and general manager of the Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver finally achieved that goal last Thursday and Friday at the Osoyoos Golf Club as he played sensational golf to claim his first CDI championship.
“I was tired of being the bridesmaid at this tournament and it feels really good to finally come out on top,” said McDonald, who shot a sensational opening round 66 and followed it up with a solid 70 in windy conditions on Friday to claim the title.
An incredibly quick start to the tournament on Thursday was the key as McDonald birdied his first three holes and five of the first seven and never looked back.
“I had a great start and that ended up being the difference,” said McDonald, who has worked at Fairway Mountain for 20 years and has been the head professional for the past decade.
“I started on the 12th hole and was aiming to get off to a quick start, but you never plan on having three birdies on your first three holes and five birdies in your first seven holes.
“The quick start ended up being the difference in the tournament.”
McDonald can remember only one better start in his professional career.
“At a tournament in Kelowna a few years ago, I managed to birdie the first six holes, but I ended up losing that tournament in a playoff,” he said. “I’ve had great starts before but I’ll remember this one for a long time because it’s the biggest reason I ended up winning the tournament.”
McDonald said staying out of trouble is always important in tournament play and he’s thrilled to have played such solid golf against a tough field of fellow professionals.
“I only missed one fairway in two days of golf, which is very rare for me,” he said. “I was always hitting my second shot from the middle of the fairway and that made for a lot of stress-free golf.
“It was very nice to be able to be putting for birdie on most holes and having a ton of tap-in pars both days.”
McDonald has been playing in the CDI tournament in Osoyoos for 15 years and said he loves everything about this event.
“I love the fact that you’re playing against fellow pros, but you’re also teamed up with four other players and able to have some fun as part of the amateur tournament,” he said. “Not all of the pros like being teamed up with the amateurs, but it’s a format that I love and just the right mix for me as I’m able to have some fun.”
While he’s won several pro tournaments over the past 20 years, he has wanted to add the CDI championship to his resume for a long time, said McDonald.
“I had come so close so many times that I really wondered if I was ever going to be able to win it,” he said. “It’s really nice to play this well and win the tournament after coming close so many times.
“I really love this tournament and wouldn’t miss it for anything.”
McDonald said the CDI Pro-Am is one of his favourite tournaments to play in every year and he always makes sure his calender is free so he can compete every September.
After finally winning the tournament, he said he’s already looking forward to coming back to Osoyoos next September and trying to defend his title.