Vernon-Kelowna golfer wins double gold at Games


Being “Coop” brings out the best in Cooper Humphreys.

The Kelowna-Vernon golfer relishes the two gold medals he won at the Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont.

Playing the par-72 Legends on the Niagara Golf Course, Humphreys finished the 72-hole men’s individual tournament at 11 under par.

“I like the competition, I like the pressure,” Humphreys told Team BC media coordinators after winning the gold. “I tried to experiment with different ways, being too serious, not too serious. I’ve found that just being ‘Coop’ is when I’m the best.

Humphreys beat Guillaume Paquette of Quebec with one stroke after shooting a final round 2-under 70. He opened the tournament with a 1-over-par 73, then stormed back onto the court shooting 5-under 67 in rounds two and three. .

“I did several things,” Humphreys said when asked what changes he made on his second day of competition. “My short game wasn’t great yesterday, so I changed the way I set up, lined up the ball on the green, and even changed my putter. I wanted to be more aggressive this round and that. paid off with those birdies. Basically, I just tried to be more “coop.”

Humphreys added to her medal haul with a second gold in the team event, showcasing the combined men’s and women’s results. British Columbia was 28 strokes ahead of Quebec.

Elsewhere at the Games:

• Coldstream’s Darcy Rhodes won gold coaching the BC men’s box lacrosse team. British Columbia overcame a 6-4 third period deficit to beat Ontario 7-6 in the final.

The win capped an emotional week for Team BC which saw them rally behind teammate Ben Pawluk of Victoria, who was unable to attend the Games due to a cancer diagnosis. The team hung Pawluk’s jerseys behind his bench for added strength throughout the Games and opponents lined up to sign them before each game.

• Braden Kersey of Vernon won bronze for Team BC in the cycling road race, finishing in a time of 2 hours 45 minutes and 20 seconds.

• In women’s volleyball, Madison Gardner of Vernon and Olivia Tymkiw of Coldstream helped British Columbia win bronze, beating Saskatchewan.

On the men’s side, Liam Remple of Vernon and Team BC finished fifth with a 3-2 win over Manitoba.

• Raynen Campbell of Vernon and the BC men’s fastpitch team finished sixth overall. Laura Webster of Vernon was an apprentice coach with the team.

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