British Columbia Mid-Amateur: Koster Leads by One

CAMPBELL RIVER, BC (June 7, 2011) -- Defending Champion Greg Koster shot a 3- under-par 69 to take the first round lead at the BC Mid-Amateur Men's Championship at the Storey Creek Golf Club in Campbell River, BC.

Koster, 39, had a consistent round, which included two birdies an eagle, giving him a one shot lead over Paul Hansen, of Cordova Bay Golf Club, heading into the second round.

"I started out with five pars in a row and then on the par-5 6th I had a great drive and followed that up with a 3-wood to within two feet of the hole. I couldn't hit it any better and ended up with an eagle," said Koster, a member at Crown Isle Golf Resort. "Heading into the tournament I probably wouldn't have considered myself a favorite because I wasn't playing that well. The past couple days I've played better and after today's round I'm feeling more confident now."

Sitting in a five-way tie for third place at 1-under-par 70 are Geoffrey Butt, Norm Bradley, Matt Tindale, Steven Dales and Cory Renfrew.

Meanwhile, Hansen's 2-under-par 70 gives the 46 year-old the lead in the Master-40 division.

"My highlight of the day was definitely my eagle on the par-5 4th hole," said Hansen. "I put my drive in the rough and had to lay-up which put me about 100 yards out. I played a wedge and one-hopped it into the hole."

The second round will tee-off on split tees (Nos. 1 and 10) beginning at 7:30 a.m. PST on Wednesday, June 8.

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