NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. -- With all Washington golf eyes on Cheng-Tsung Pan competing at the British Open, another Dawg came through with a big win in the amateur ranks. Incoming freshman and Vancover, Canada native, Jordan Lu took the 112th British Columbia Amateur in a playoff after a thrilling five-hole play off.
Lu birdied the final hole of regulation play; a 558-yard par 5, to finish even-par 284 for the Championship tied with Michael Belle, and forced a sudden-death play off to determine the 2014 champion.
The pair both struggled to find the fairway from the 18th tee, but recovered well and exceptional short game kept them alive, shooting par on the first trip down number 18 in the playoff, and birdieing on their second run.
They continued neck-and-neck until Belle bogeyed on number 10 giving Lu the opportunity to putt for par and end the Championship. Lu capitalized on the chance and made a short putt to earn the privilege of hoisting the Bostock Trophy.
“Before he putt I was thinking ‘just make my putt’ because I know he’s not going to miss, but after he missed it I thought, ‘ok, now I really have to get this,’” said Lu.
“In the fourth play off I pulled my putt really hard, which was not good. So I was just trying to focus and make sure I made a good stroke. And I did.”
The 17-year-old entered the Championship with no expectations to win. He opened with a +1 after struggling on the back nine. The following day he shot 73 and at the midway mark of the Championship was 3-over. The Marine Drive Golf Club member recorded a one-under on Thursday that still left him well back of the leader.
“At the start of the day I thought I’m four strokes back I’m just going to focus on what I can do and just hit fairways and greens and hopefully make birdie,” he said.
Lu recorded five birdies on the final day of competition on his way to claiming the title and kept up with several players his senior with college-level experience. His summer season began strong after winning the individual title at the BC School Sports AAA Championship.
“[Winning these titles] makes me feel that my game has gotten a lot better. Last year I came in tied at 22nd in the BC Amateur so I’m just going to do the same thing at the Pacific Coast Amateur. Fairways and greens and hope for the birdie,” stated Lu, who is set to compete in Flagstaff, Arizona at the 48th Pacific Coast Amateur July 22-25.
Another incoming freshman for the Huskies, Spencer Weiss, also competed in the tournament, finishing 10th. Weiss opened with a 2-under 69 to get in contention, but finished with rounds of 72, 74 and 75. The Sammamish, Wash., native finished at 6-over, six shots out of the playoff.