(June 8 – Victoria, BC) – ISN – Fargo, North Dakota’s Josh Persons held steady with an
even par 70 on Sunday at Uplands Golf Club to win the Bayview Place Island
Savings Open presented by Times Colonist, his first PGA TOUR Canada victory.
The 30-year old University of Minnesota graduate converted a tricky two-putt on the
18th green at Uplands to win by one over 2010 winner Brock Mackenzie of Washington
and PGA TOUR Canada rookie Tim Madigan of New Mexico. The win moves Persons to no. 2
on the Order of Merit behind PC Financial Open champion Joel Dahmen.
“I made some big putts. Things went my way today,” said Persons, who added that the
win gives him a whole new outlook on the rest of the season. “It sets you up in a
great spot. It puts you near the top of the list. It can’t be better than to get a
Persons came into Sunday’s final round with a two stroke lead over Madigan,
Mackenzie and playing partner Garrett Sapp of California, a position he had
experience with on the Web.com Tour, where he held a one shot lead through 54 holes
at the 2012 Neediest Kids Championship. While he fell to a 77 and a tie for eighth
in that event, there would be no faltering from Persons on Sunday in Victoria.
“That stuff has kind of taught me a lot,” said Persons. “I had a lead on the Web.com
Tour and I didn’t finish it off. Last night I slept on the lead and I think those
experiences helped me today.”
After making the turn with a 2-under par 33, Parsons carried a three-shot lead early
in the back nine before three bogeys whittled his lead away to a single stroke. But
a pair of long range two-putts on the final two holes, coupled with a missed Madigan
six-footer for birdie at 18 that would have tied the lead, gave Persons all the
breathing room he would need to claim his first career PGA TOUR Canada win.
“It’s always fun. It’s where you want to be,” said Persons of dealing with the
Sunday pressure. “Of course you’re nervous and of course you don’t want to mess it
up, but having fun is what it’s all about. That’s why we’re here. I enjoy it. I want
to keep doing it.”
Madigan’s tie for second was a career best in just his second PGA TOUR Canada start,
while Brock Mackenzie posted his best PGA TOUR Canada finish since winning at
Uplands in 2010. One shot further behind were Langley, British Columbia’s James
Allenby, Florida’s Michael Buttacavoli, Ohio’s Wes Homan and Florida’s Olin Browne,
Jr., who finished in a tie for fourth for the second consecutive week.
ALLENBY TAKES TOP CANADIAN AWARD
Langley, British Columbia’s James Allenby carded a final round 68 to finish at
10-under par and in a tie for fourth, earning him Freedom 55 Financial Canadian
Player of the Week honours. The 29-year old earned his first top-10 of the season
and the eighth of his PGA TOUR Canada career.
The top Canadian at each PGA TOUR Canada event will earn Freedom 55 Financial
Canadian Player of the Week honours and a $1,500 prize, with the top Canadian on the
Order of Merit at season’s end earning Freedom 55 Financial Canadian Player of the
Year and a $10,000 prize.
PERSONS MOVES UP ORDER OF MERIT
With the win, Josh Persons moves up to second on PGA TOUR Canada’s 2014 Order of
Merit. Below are the top five through the Bayview Place Island Savings Open
presented by Times Colonist (bold denotes Canadian):
1. Joel Dahmen – $29,813
2. Josh Persons – $27,545
3. Tim Madigan – $15,252
4. Brock Mackenzie – $13,862
5. Brad Clapp – $13,530
Weather: 20 degrees. Winds 30 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. Partly cloudy.
Seven players shot in the 60s all four rounds: Tim Madigan, Olin Browne, Jr.,
Wes Homan, James Allenby, T.J. Bordeaux, Robert Karlsson and Michael Gligic.
Bogey free rounds: Sean Shahi (66), Devin Daniels (66).
Cory Renfrew tweeted on Friday night that he would be donating $5 per birdie on
the weekend to the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island. Fellow PGA
TOUR Canada players Riley Wheeldon, Creighton Honeck, Michael Gligic, Devin
Carrey and Adam Cornelson joined in, with the group totaling 39 birdies for
$195, with fans welcome to match the donation at BPISOpen.ca.
Defending champion Stephen Gangluff tied for 23rd at 5-under par.