KAMLOOPS — Doug Roxburgh is a legend when it comes to amateur golf in B.C. A 13-time winner of the B.C. Men's Amateur Championship, Roxburgh is teeing it up at his 52nd straight championship this week at Rivershore.
"I just enjoy competing," says Roxburgh. "I like preparing for championships and coming. Now it's more about seeing how the young kids hit the ball and getting to experience that. It's part of my tournament schedule in the summer. I look forward to it, and usually it's some of the great courses around the province."
The 66-year-old Roxburgh won his first B.C. amateur in 1969 and he remembers it well.
"I started my first one when I was 17. It was in 1969 that I won my first. I remember that," he notes. "I remember it was match play at the time and I won 4 and 3 in the finals, and then went on from there."
Roxburgh is back at Rivershore where he's played many times and won, most recently at this year's Overlanders Senior Golf tournament.
"I love Rivershore. It's one of my favourites in the province," he says. "Every time I drive down the driveway, I really enjoy coming here. It's a really great test of golf. I'm sure it'll be set up well."
Roxburgh won the B.C. amateur in 1977, the second of three straight titles, at the only golf course that existed back then in Kamloops - the Kamloops Golf and Country Club. Roxburgh narrowly defeated local golfer Garnet Lineker. That championship wouldn't be his last, which came in 1996, his fourth time going back to back.
"Lots of great memories. Friends, playing partners, great golf course, travelling around the province getting to see different areas," notes Roxburgh. "It's been fun. I've got many memories of the B.C. amateur."
Still going strong and playing with kids who are a third of his age, Roxburgh is an inspiration to them, and he says they keep him young.
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