Ritch Hosker wins back-to-back Peace Region golf tournaments

Ritch Hosker may be old enough to play seniors golf events now, but he’s still more than capable of beating younger challengers, too. Look no further than his back-to-back victories at the 2019 Fort St. John Links Open and 2019 Peace Country Open the past two weekends for proof.

Hosker won at the Links Open on July 6 to defend his 2018 title, and beat Justin McKinnon in a two-hole playoff on July 14 at Lakepoint to win his first Peace Country Open title in four years.

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“It’s been quite enjoyable. Both courses are in really good shape, which makes it more fun to play. There’s great competition, and everyone is very friendly and supportive of each other,” said Hosker.

The wins come at a great time for Hosker as he is headed to Vernon next week, July 23 to 25, to play in the 2019 B.C. Golf Senior Championships. Hosker is in his first year of eligibility at the senior level, and will be joined by fellow Fort St. John golfers Lenard Holland, Larry Ziprick, and Percy Peterkin.

“We’re going to have a strong group from the North and are ready to show the field that the senior golfers are alive and well up here,” Hosker said.

Hosker is coming off a 32nd place-finish at the 2019 B.C. Mid-Amateur tournament, where he was competing against the best 25-and-older players in the province.

“I was fairly happy with 32nd spot, to make the cut and stay in the running a little bit. You don’t get lots of competition up here, so for the big tournament of the year I was glad to get that out of the way and hopefully perform better in the seniors,” said Hosker.

As for the Links and Peace Country Opens, Hosker says they continue to be great events every year, but would like to see more people come out to play.

“I’m not sure what the reasons are, but it’s great golf and they feed us well every year and it’s a darn good deal,” he said.  

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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