By Brad Ziemer, Event Journalist
KELOWNA — A mother’s love knows no bounds, not even if it means a long, lonely drive from Toronto to northern Saskatchewan.
That drive took four days for Ten Lau, whose son Linus Lo has been a regular on the Mackenzie Tour this summer.
“Northern Ontario is very rural,” Lau said as she watched her son during Thursday’s second round of the GolfBC Championship at Gallagher’s Canyon Golf Club. “There is not much there. I had to spend two days just to get to Thunder Bay. And then from Thunder Bay to Manitoba was eight hours. It took way longer than I thought it would.”
Lau made the trip alone.
“I was driving by myself,” she said. “This is the first time I have done something like this. I just kept saying to myself, ‘I will see Linus soon. It’s fine.’”
She joined Linus in Lake Waskesiu, Sask. for the Elk Ridge Open. From there they drove to Calgary for last week’s ATB Financial Classic and then on to Kelowna for the GolfBC Championship.
“We shared the driving after we left Saskatchewan,” Lau said with a smile.
Lau said she was probably missing her son more than he was missing her.
“He’s very independent, but I just like watching him play,” she said. “I have been watching him play golf since he was six years old.”
Lo, 24, graduated from Western Kentucky University last spring with a degree in sports management. He has put that in his back pocket and is now giving pro golf a try. He’s played quite well on the Mackenzie Tour this season. He began the week 14th on the points list and has a chance to move up with a good finish this week. He completed Thursday’s round at five-under par and tied for sixth.
Lo has enjoyed having his mom with him for the stretch run of his first professional golf journey.
“After she told me, I didn’t think she was actually going make the trip,” Lo said. “I thought she was saying it just to be nice. She didn’t realize how rural it would be. It’s great to have her here. It’s a lot better than being alone in the hotel.”
Mother and son will head to Victoria for next week’s Mackenzie Tour finale at Uplands Golf Club. Then the long drive home begins, with a pit stop in Edmonton where Lau has a daughter.
“We have two drivers now, so we’ll be okay,” she said.
LOOKING FOR LOVE: Kelowna’s Cole Wilson is nicely positioned at the GolfBC Championship and is hoping for some home-town love the final two rounds.
“Hopefully, we’ll get a little more home-town support for Friday and Saturday, see some more Kelowna residents come out and support us,” the rookie pro said after firing a two-under 69 in Thursday’s second round at Gallagher’s Canyon.
The 20-year-old Wilson is five-under par through two rounds and tied for sixth. His best finish this season was a tie for 34th at the Mackenzie Investments Open in Blainville, Que.
Fellow Kelowna resident Cooper Humphreys also made the cut. The 16-year-old Humphreys, who won last month’s Canadian Juvenile Boys Championship, shot a one-over 72 Thursday and his tied for 28th at one-under par through two rounds.
BOUNCE BACK: Mackenzie Tour points leader Noah Steele rallied Thursday to make the cut. After opening with a three-over 74, the Kingston, Ont. amateur shot a six-under 65 on Thursday. He sits tied for 14th at three-under.
Steele, a member of Golf Canada’s national amateur team, knows he has a target on his back as the current points leader.
“I am definitely aware of where I stand,” Steele said. “But once I get to the golf course all I can do is do my best and take care of myself. I have done the things to get in that position. I am doing a lot of good things and I just need to keep doing me.”