Axel Riley

Victoria, B.C. ( – The seventh event of 2014 VI Pro Tour was played on Tuesday, June 17th at the Glen Meadows Golf & Country Club for the Winspear Cup in support of the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. The 24 professionals in the field were treated to a very challenging golf course which made scoring tough, but it was a perfect day weather wise and in the end there were a couple of players who still managed an under par round. The format for the day was a Pro-Am, with each team of four scoring the best two net balls.

In the Pro Competition, Axle Riley of the Highland Pacific Golf Club returned to form after being forced away from the game becuase back of pain; fired a four under 68 to win by four strokes.

“I have battled lower back pain on and off for the past 18 months and it hasn’t allowed me to practice or play much at all. My last event was 2 weeks ago and I had to withdrawal because of back pain. This was my first time touching a club in 2 full weeks, so I went in fairly fresh and just tried to free wheel it and have fun and it worked out well,” said Riley who has been in contention at this event a number of times in the past.

The golf course was playing tough, and only one other player fired an under par round. There were a lot of birdies being made, but it was an up and down round for most players as those birdies would easily be given back by a bogey or worse. 

“I played extremely well, I drove the ball great only missing 3 fairways so that put me in a good position to go at a lot of pins. I made 8 birdies which isn’t easy to do on that golf course and the greens were a bit bumpy and slow,” mentioned Riley who is a regular on the VIPT.

Finishing in solo second was VIPT Commissioner Matt Matheson of the Olympic View Golf Club with a 1 under par 71. There was a two way tie for third as Uplands Ben Griffin, and Highland Pacific’s Shaun Lundy both fired even par rounds of 72. Bryan Scott of the Olympic View Golf Club who just recently received his PGA of Canada card; tied  Derek Sneft, Edd Boudreau of the Gorge Vale Golf Club, and Olympic View’s Gordy Scutt for fourth at one over par 73. Finishing in a tie for fifth was Olympic View’s Director of Golf Kevin Maxwell,  and Arbutus Ridge Golf Club’s Director of Golf Rich Ingle managing a 2 over 74.

In the team competition, Warren Reeve’s team of Ming Tsang, Wally, and Niel Boniface who shot 116, an outstanding 28 under par. Finishing in second place was Matt Matheson’s team of Rob Clark, Ted Rush, and Steve Jones who were 20 under par.

With the win, Axel Riley remains in sixth place on VIPT Taylormade Order Of Merit. After seven events Kevin Maxwell remains at top on the OOM with a total of 175.25 points. Edd Boudreau’s 4th place finish moves him up one spot to over sceond place from Royal Colwood’s Mac McLeod who now sits in third. For a full listing of the VIPT Taylormade Order Of Merit click here:

Offical results from the Winspear Cup:

Axle Riley 68

Matt Matheson 71

Ben Griffin 72

Shaun Lundy 72

Bryan Scott 73

Derek Sneft 73

Edd Boudreau 73

Gordy Scutt 73

Kevin Maxwell 74

Rich Ingle 74

Lance McCullough 75

Mac McLeod 75

Warren Reeves 76

Jeff Dinn 77

Kevin Black 77

Terrance Drader 77

Aaron Grice 78

Rob Cruise 78

Jeff Palmer 80

Chris Wilson 81

Doug Mahovlic 81

Trevor Richardson 82

Randy Frank 83

Robin Hutchinson 83

The VIPT is running the Vancouver Island Professional Tour with a total of 17 events. The series will run from April to October and will finish with the Island PGA Tour Championship. The next event is the Devil’s Scramble at Olympic View GC on Tuesday, 24 June. The Tour is only open to members of the PGA of Canada working at facilities on Vancouver Island.