Courtenay, BC – The top golf professionals in British Columbia will be travelling to northern Vancouver Island this weekend to challenge for the Titleist / FootJoy PGA of BC Championship, a 54-hole event that takes place July 23-25 at Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community.
Defending champion Lindsay Bernakevitch from Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club has been playing extremely talented golf as of late and has high hopes for a repeat performance. Bernakevitch was the top British Columbia professional at the PGA Championship of Canada, a match play event played in Calgary in mid-June, and he feels his all around game is better than this time last year. Bernakevitch will also bring a new tradition to the event, choosing his favorite ribs and steak for the Championship meal held Monday night.
Former winners of the PGA of BC Championship playing next week include 2000 and 2008 Champion Bryn Parry from Seymour Creek Golf Centre, who is currently ranked second in the PGA of Canada National player rankings. Two-time Champion, Doug Morgan (2009 & 2010), is making his PGA of BC tournament debut after returning from a non-golf related surgery in early May.
Gorge Vale Golf Club’s Edd Boudreau (2006) and Capilano Golf & Country Club’s Mike Haraguchi (2005) will also be trying to again have their name etched on the William Thompson trophy. Boudreau defeated Canada’s Number one ranked professional at this year’s PGA Championship of Canada, eventually losing to Bernakevitch and finishing third.
The field also includes many players hoping to capture their first PGA of BC Championship, most notably the talented Brad Clapp. Clapp, who plays out of Chilliwack Golf & Country Club, is fresh off an uncontested win at the Assistants’ Championship at Vernon Golf & Country Club, and followed that performance with a deep run at the PGA Championship of Canada losing the eventual Champion and finishing fourth.
Olympic View’s Golf Club’s Kevin Maxwell, a former PGA of BC Assistants’ Champion and half of last week’s winning team at the PGA of BC Pro-Assistant Championship, could also be the one to watch this week as Maxwell returns to the home club where he built up an impressive resume as a junior golfer.
Host professional Jason Andrew will give local residents excitement as he makes a rare event debut, and joins other local professionals Bill Kelly and Paul Dashkewytch of Glacier Greens Golf Club.
The entire championship is free for spectators to attend. For directions to Crown Isle, please CLICK HERE.
To view the first round tee times and pairings, please CLICK HERE.