Merritt professional golfer Roger Sloan shot a final round 68 to finish with a score of 4-under-par 276, good enough for a 10th place finish at the Times-Colonist Island Savings Open in Victoria, B.C. on the weekend.

Playing at the Uplands Golf Course in the provincial capital, Sloan rebounded from a disappointing first round score of 71 on Thursday to shoot 68-69-68 the next three days and work himself up to a top-10 finish.

“I wasn’t particularly pleased with how I struck the golf ball on the weekend,” stated Sloan on Tuesday of this week, “but I was pleased with how I hung in there mentally and ground out a good finish. After a rocky start, my goal was to find a rhythm and a groove, and just keep working myself up the leader board.”

While Sloan lauded the excellent condition of the Uplands’ course, he conceded that the weather was less than desirable all weekend.

“It was cool and very windy,” he said. “The wind was often gusting upwards of 30km/h.”

The Victoria Times-Colonist was this year’s first stop on the Canadian Professional Tour. Last season, at this same event, Sloan shot a stunning final round 61 to set a new course record and move up to third place overall.

The next official CPGT stop is the ATB Financial Classic at the Windermere Golf Course in Edmonton, Alberta from June 21-24.

Prior to traveling to Edmonton, Sloan will be in Kamloops this week for the Sun Rivers Resort Pro-Am, an unofficial CPGT event that will not count towards the overall tour standings.

Ramsey a winner at motocross Nationals

Seventeen-year-old John-Henry picked up a pair of top-3 finishes in two amateur races at the Canadian Motocross Championships in Kamloops on Sunday.

Competing in the MX-2 class against 35 other riders from across Canada, Ramsey placed third and then first in his two runs at the Whispering Pines racecourse.

“He got a great start in both races,” stated John Henry’s father, Pat. “In the second one, he led from start to finish.”

Ramsey returns to British Columbia Moto-cross Association racing this weekend at the new Eagleplex track outside Ashcroft. It will be the final BCMA event until the fall.

Kanigan 6th at Ogopogo Invitational

Competing for the Kamloops Gymnastics Club, nine-year-old Drew Kanigan of Merritt finished 6th in the Level 3 (under 13) boys’ category at the Ogopogo Invitational in Kelowna on the June 1-3 weekend.

Kanigan, who travels to Kamloops three times a week to train, placed first in vault, third on floor, pommel horse and parallel bars, fifth on the high bar and sixth on rings.

“Drew is a great kid,” states KGTC artistic director John Carroll. “He is like a sponge for gymnastics information, and shows a keen desire to perform to his coach’s expectations.”