Aspiring golfer’s game handicapped by theft

NANAIMO – 15-year-old golfer has golf clubs stolen night before tournament.

A young golfer faced a major handicap when his clubs were stolen the night before a tournament.

The theft happened at Nanaimo Golf Club Friday at about 8 p.m.

The golfer, 15, who police have not identified, was in the pro shop logging his score after a practice round with friends when the clubs, worth about $3,500, were stolen.

“The country club came through and gave him some backup clubs, so he did quite well in the tournament,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman.

O’Brien said there have been other instances of clubs stolen in recent weeks from vehicles parked at Nanaimo Club, which was also victim to a break and enter.

Police are studying security video footage that shows the suspect walking away with the boy’s clubs to see what leads can be generated.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.nanaimocrimestoppers.com.