Hughes on a roll with B.C. Amateur victory and spot at U.S. Amateur next month
While Charlie Hughes is kicking himself for needing a playoff, he is just glad he was able to play a few extra holes and capture the B.C. Amateur golf championship.
"I never should have taken my foot off the gas," he said, referring to the fact he was up four strokes with five holes to play in Friday's final round of the Amateur championship, which was held at Invermere's Copper Point Golf Club.
"Things were looking reasonably good and then things started looking really ugly," he said with a laugh.
Hughes bogeyed both the 14th and 15th holes and then bogeyed the 17th hole.
Dueling with Adam Svensson — who was playing in the twosome in front of Hughes — for the tournament title — Hughes came to the final hole not knowing if he was tied or trailing.
He rolled in a 12-foot downhill putt for the birdie and a playoff.
Both golfers shot -12 under par 270 over the four days and after each birdied the first extra hole, Hughes made his third straight birdie, a feat which Svensson could not duplicate, as Hughes captured the Bostock Cup as the 111th champion of the B.C. Amateur champion.
"It just feels great," Hughes said.
"My game has been getting better lately and I have been working hard.
"I have been working my butt off and it feels really good just to get some results and get the win," he added. "It feels amazing."
After wrapping up the Amateur title on Friday, Hughes was back on the golf course on Monday at the Aldarra Golf Club in Samammish, Wash. for a U.S. Amateur sectional qualifying event.
His low score of 141 qualified him for the U.S. Amateur next month in Boston (Aug. 12 to 18).
Prior to that, the recent University of Washington graduate — where he also golfed for the Huskies — has two more big events: the Pacific Coast Amateur, which begins July 23 at Capilano Country Club and then the Canadian Amateur at Victoria's Royal Colwood Golf Club and Gorge Vale Golf Club from Aug. 6 to 9.
The 21-year-old Hughes, who now calls Langley home — he grew up in Maple Ridge but his parents moved from Maple Ridge to Burnaby and now Langley while he was away at school — hopes to spend the next year playing on the Canadian national amateur team. He did for part of the year last year, but missed some events with the team because of his schooling.
"If I get on this year, I will be able to play and practice for the whole year without school," he said.
"I will be able to devote myself to golf 100 per cent and then turn pro next year. That is the plan."
Right now, Hughes splits his time training between Seattle and his home course, Swan-e-Set Bay Resort and Country Club.