WEST Vancouver golfer David Rose shot a final round two-under-par 70 to clinch the 109th British Columbia Amateur Championship played last weekend at The Dunes at Kamloops course.
The 22-year-old fired in five birdies while fighting off three bogeys on the tournament's final day to finish the event with a four-round score of 13-under-par 275.
"This is the biggest win of my career," Rose said in a British Columbia Golf press release. "It's overwhelming to have my name on the same trophy as guys like Doug Roxburgh and Fred Couples."
Toronto's Richard Jung began the final round with a four-stroke lead but struggled throughout the day, shooting a five-over-par 77 to finish the tournament in a two-way tie for second place with Victoria's Kevin Carrigan at 10-under-par 278.
A pair of long birdie putts on 13 and 14 pushed Rose into the lead for good.
"The win hasn't really sunk in yet," said Rose. "I'm a little surprised because Richard was playing great heading into today. I hit a lot of greens out there and I was putting really well and that's what won it for me."
The 22-year-old Rose, representing the Capilano Golf and Country Club, played college golf at Lynn University in Southern Florida, helping the team to a second-place finish at the NCAA Div. 2 national championship earlier this year during his final season with the team. This was his sixth crack at the B.C. Amateur, having never finished higher than 22nd in his previous five attempts.
Rose, Carrigan and fourth place finisher Brent Wilson of Gorge Vale Golf Club in Victoria will represent B.C. at next month's Willingdon Cup competition at the Canadian Amateur Championship in Winnipeg.