Derek Bayley of Rathdrum, Idaho won the 2018 Rosauers Open Invitational by three strokes after firing rounds of 72-62-66-200, on Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane, Wash.
This is the second time Bayley, an amateur, has won this tournament, competing against the region’s PGA professionals. He previously won it in 2016, during which he shot a tournament-record 59 (13-under par) in the second round.
Last fall Bayley was named the 2017 WSGA Men’s Player of the Year, after finishing second in the Washington State Men’s Amateur and runner-up in the PNGA Men’s Amateur. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University, where he starred all four years on the men’s golf team.
The Rosauers Open Invitational is one of the Pacific Northwest Section PGA majors.
PGA Professional Jeff Coston of Semiahmoo G&CC (Blaine, Wash.), PGA Professional Tim Feenstra of Broadmoor GC (Seattle), PGA Professional Shane Prante of The Home Course (DuPont, Wash.), PGA Professional Scott Erdmann of Oswego Lake CC (Lake Oswego, Ore.), PGA Professional John Eisentrout of Eagle’s Pride GC (JBLM) and amateur Jason Molner of Lewiston G&CC (Lewiston, Idaho) finished in a six-way tie for second place, three strokes back of Bayley.
Proceeds from the Rosauers Open Invitational will benefit the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, Spokane’s safe haven for children at risk of abuse and neglect. The Nursery also provides counseling, education and referrals for parents of young children. The event has raised approximately $2,875,000 for charity through over the past 30 years. In 2018, the charity check was $100,000.
Indian Canyon opened in 1935 and is owned by the City of Spokane. H. Chandler Egan, a member of the PNGA Hall of Fame, crafted the Canyon’s layout over the well-treed hillside southwest of the Spokane River.
Indian Canyon hosted the 1941 and 1984 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, and the 1989 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship.
This municipal track has been annually rated among Golf Digest’s “Best Public Courses”, “Best Affordable Courses”, “Best Golf Courses You Can Play”, “Best in State” and taken individually, some holes rank with the best holes found on any course – public or private – in the region.