SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
KELOWNA, BC (PGA of British Columbia) – Philip Jonas battles a variety of elements on Monday’s opening round at Kelowna Golf & Country Club to take the first round lead at the 2019 Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO PGA of BC Club Championship presented by Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP.
Jonas, the Head Teaching Professional at Surrey's Philip Jonas Golf Academy, carded an opening round 66 to grab a one-stroke lead over sold-out field of 48 players. His bogey-free round included four birdies and an eagle on the closing par 5 18th.
Jonas is the 2017 PGA of BC Club Professional Championship whose lone victory in this event was contested at Victoria Golf Club, another AV Macan-design golf course.
Currently only one-shot back is Fairview Mountain Golf Club’s Brian McDonald, who carded a tournament-low eight birdies on his way to a 5-five under par round of 67. McDonald is the reigning 2018 PGA Head Professional Championship of Canada National Champion, who will look to defend his crown at Arizona’s Wigwam Golf Club in early December.
2016 Champion Dave Zibrik (Point Grey Golf & Country Club) and first-time Club Professional Championship contestant Mark Kitts (Shadow Ridge Golf Club) are two back after rounds of 68.
CLICK HERE to view full Round 1 scoring.
The PGA of BC Club Professional Championship is a tournament exclusively for members employed as Head, Head Teaching, and Executive Professionals at PGA-approved facilities throughout British Columbia. The second and final round of the competition commences tomorrow at 7:30am. CLICK HERE for round two start times and pairings.
About Srixon/Cleveland Golf/XXIO
Based in Huntington Beach, Calif., Cleveland® Golf, Srixon®, and XXIO® are all part of the SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD. Family and each brand enjoys a strong presence on competitive tours worldwide. Their professional staffs include players such as Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, Hideki Matsuyama, Inbee Park, as well as many others. Cleveland® Golf, founded in 1979, is a leading equipment manufacturer specializing in short game technologies and solutions that benefit all golfers. Srixon®, with more than 80 years of golf ball manufacturing experience, is committed to producing the highest quality, technically innovative golf balls which offer maximum performance to golfers of all levels of ability. XXIO®, with its longstanding tradition of premium golf clubs in Japan, brings the No. 1 golf brand in Japan to America. Cleveland® Golf, Srixon®, and XXIO® remain steadfastly committed to providing “Tour proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers seeking to improve their performance while enhancing their experience playing the game of golf.” Please visit Srixon, Cleveland Golf and XXIO online.
About Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP
Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP is Western Canada’s full-service distributor of Toro Commercial Turf Care Equipment, Toro Golf Irrigation Equipment and Yamaha Golf Cars, plus all additional related products. It proudly offers the very best quality products and professional service and support to golf courses, municipal parks, independent landscapers and private clients. Oakcreek Golf & Turf LP has been in business since 1969 and currently employs approximately 100 people throughout the year at its six locations throughout Western Canada. For more information, visit oakcreekgolf.com.
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