Local golfer Dugan McInnes has swung himself into qualifying for the BC Summer Games and will be traveling to Nanaimo to compete against top golfers from around the province.
The summer games are a bicentennial event that has been roaming between 38 B.C. host communities since 1978.
The games’ mandate is to provide an opportunity for top-notch competition amongst young athletes while promoting interest and participation in sport, individual achievement and community development.
Individual golfers and four–person teams will represent eight different zones around the province.
The competition will involve tallying each team’s three lowest net scores over the course of two days of golf, and medals will be awarded to the top three teams.
McInnes earned his spot on the mixed zone team by competing in a qualifying circuit in the west Kootenays and will join Ethan Paton of Salmo, Jeff Ashton from Birchbank and Christina Lake golfer, Jordan Field.
McInnis is excited to have the opportunity to participate on the provincial stage and is “hoping for some half decent results,” he stated.
A golfer since the age of four, McInnis was encouraged by his parents to pick up the game.
“It’s kind of a family thing” he stated, “they helped me with my appreciation for the game. It is such an easy-going sport, more mental than physical, and I enjoy getting the chance to meet and golf with new people.”
McInnis developed his game here in Nakusp and has worked with golf pro, Scott Allan who “developed my swing and got me to the point where I could drive the ball a fair distance,” he said.
McInnis also acknowledges the mentorship he has received from Logan Marchischuck and sites participation in Lynda Henke’s golf program as an important root of his development.
The BC games will be held July 17-20 and are generally celebrated as a once in a lifetime opportunity for young athletes.