PGA of BC
June 4, 2013, Chilliwack, BC (ISN) – Summerland Golf & Country Club pro Greg Machtaler turned a one-stroke opening day deficit into a two-stroke win at the 2013 FlightScope/COBRA-PUMA Golf PGA of BC Assistants’ Championship at the Chilliwack Golf Club.
Machtaler followed up his opening day 69 with a blistering 65, punctuated by a chip-in birdie at the 15th which gave him an insurmountable lead over first-round leader Gordy Scutt of the Olympic View Golf Club.
“That definitely gave me a comfortable cushion,” said Machtaler, who added that he wasn’t even thinking of holing the 12-yard pitch shot from behind the 15th green.
“Making it was the last thing on my mind,” said Machtaler. “I was pretty happy when it went in.”
Machtaler dedicated the victory to his high school friend Chris Walker, who passed away May 23 from stomach cancer.
“I’d like to think a part of this is due to him,” said an emotional Machtaler.
Machtaler cashed a nice cheque for $3,000 and had the added bonus of playing with friends Scutt and Lindsay Bernakevitch in the final grouping of the day.
“It was a lot of fun playing with a couple of guys I’ve known for some time,” said Machtaler.
Machtaler’s 134 total was two better than Scutt’s 136 total, which featured back-to-back rounds of 68.
“I played well, but Greg just hit it awesome,” said Scutt. “It shows how many good players are in the PGA of BC. I had a blast and we all had a good time out there, making birdies and going low.”
Bernakevitch, representing Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, finished third, another stroke back, after rounds of 69 and 68.
Andrew Smeeth of McCleery finished fourth, riding a final round 65 to a nice cheque. Bryn Parry of Seymour Creek finished fifth.
In the PGA of BC Seniors’ Championship presented by Kiwkfit4u, Seymour Golf and Country Club’s Roy Abbenbroek rode a hot putter and 14 pars to win the championship by one stroke over Cory Draper of the Capilano Golf and Country Club and Keith Vandenbrink of the Hillview Golf Course.
Abbenbroek finished with a two-round total of 144 and cashed a winners’ cheque for $1,750.
Abbenbroek only had two birdies – on five and 10 – to go with two bogeys at four and 13, in his even-par round of 71, but it was his par putts that saved his round and won him the championship.
“I had at least 15 feet at 15 and then about 20 feet at 16 and then another 15 feet at 17,” said Abbenbroek of his three par putts. “And as good as those were, my best shot was probably the chip I made at 18, where I had about three feet left. I was shaking when I made that stroke.”
Abbenbroek said it’s been a long time since he last won a championship, even though he has a storied winning history in Alberta.
“I’ve won Assistants championships and amateur championships in Alberta, but that was about 15 or 20 years ago,” said Abbenbroek. “To win here is pretty sweet and I’m so happy to win my first title in B.C.”
Abbenbroek shot an opening round 73 to go with his closing 71 as the tough Chilliwack track took its toll on the seniors.
Draper followed up his opening round 73 with a one-over 72 which saw his putter desert him on the back nine.
Playing in the final group behind Abbenbroek and Draper was lanky Keith Vendenbrink of the Hillview Golf Course and Vandenbrink’s closing 74, to go with his opening round 71, was also a stroke short of Abbenbroek.
In the Super Seniors Division, Delta’s Norm Jarvis won the title for the 60-and-older set.
In the women’s division, Chilliwack Golf Club’s LPGA teaching pro Jennifer Greggain used home-field advantage to win the title by nine strokes. After opening with an 80, Greggain improved by 10 strokes on Tuesday, shooting a one-under 70 in a round that included four birdies and only one bogey and one double bogey.
“My mindset was to try and make birdies all day,” said Greggain. “Rather than playing defensively, I wanted to shoot under par and I’m very happy I was able to do that.”
Coming second was Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club’s Ashley Zibrik, who played in the first
threesome of the day at 7 a.m. and shot a 74, an 11-stroke improvement over her opening round 85.