JULY 10, 2017
OLIVER, BC (PGA of British Columbia) -- The Fairview Mountain Golf Club team of Brian McDonald and Rob Tadey took full advantage of playing at home in Round 1 of the G&G Golf Company & Callaway Golf PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship, combining for an 11-under-par 61 on Monday that will give them a commanding lead heading into the event’s final 18 holes.
The Pro-Assistant Championship is a team event in which a PGA of BC Head, Executive or Head Teaching Professional joins forces with an Assistant Professional from their facility to compete in a 36-hole event. Monday’s round used a best-ball format and Tuesday’s final round will feature scramble play.
Beginning their round on Fairview Mountain’s first hole for Monday’s shotgun start, the host duo of McDonald and Tadey played their first 12 holes in 10-under par – a stretch that included eagles on the par-5 eighth hole and the short par-4 at No. 12 – before cooling off somewhat on the way in. The incredible performance left them with a four-stroke edge over the field at the tournament’s halfway point.
Sitting alone in second spot is the team of Dean Claggett and Ethan Danish, representing Two Eagles Golf Course & Academy. Claggett and Danish lived up to their facility’s namesake by making a pair of eagles en route to a 7-under-par round of 65.
Lurking five shots behind is the Osoyoos Golf Club twosome of Colin Snair and Todd Tweedy, while Quilchena Golf & Country Club’s Victor Vianzon and Mark Kitts posted a 5-under 67 to sit fourth after 18 holes. Three other teams – GolfTEC Kelowna’s Patrick Martin and Nicklaus Kennedy, Eaglequest Golf Centre at Coquitlam’s Luke McKenzie and Kyle McMurphy, and the Gallagher’s Canyon Golf & Country Club crew of Lee Alarie and Jason Jurimae – reached 4-under in best-ball play.
When the tournament resumes Tuesday morning, McDonald and Tadey will again get to play the course in its true order while grouped with Claggett and Danish. Although the Fairview Mountain duo has a tight grip on top spot, sub-60 scramble rounds have been recorded in past editions of the Pro-Assistant Championship, so plenty of teams are still within reach of the lead for Round 2.
The teams representing Osoyoos Golf Club and Quilchena Golf & Country Club will also tee off on No. 1 Tuesday behind the lead group, which could make for an exciting finish coming down Fairview Mountain’s scenic 18th hole. The winning team will take home $2,400 in prize money from a total purse of more than $13,000.
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